Category Archives: Ventura County

Recovery mission: Keeping condors safe and flying high

The largest birds in North America are closely monitored by local groups working to save the animals from extinction. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, September 5, 2013 As of July, there were a total of 429 California … Continue reading

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NPS seeks greater control of surrounding hillsides

Rim of the Valley study now in fifth year Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, April 18, 2013 The mountains encircling the Conejo and Simi valleys may soon become part of the U.S. National Park Service. The Conejo … Continue reading

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Lyme disease-carrying ticks found in the Santa Monica Mountains

Source of this article: The Ventura County Star, April 11, 2013 Ticks at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills recently tested positive for Lyme  disease, authorities said Thursday. Three pools of western black-legged ticks found along the Coyote Trail were  found … Continue reading

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Use common sense to avoid rattlesnakes bites on your pets

Every year between April and October veterinarians see an influx of rattlesnake bites in Southern California. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, April 11, 2013 The western diamondback is the most common rattlesnake seen locally. The snake thrives … Continue reading

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Report: NPS generated $26 million for surrounding area last year

A new National Park Service report for 2011 shows that the 650,000 visitors to national park lands in the Santa Monica Mountains spent $26 million in the surrounding community. This spending supported 350 local jobs. Source of this article: The … Continue reading

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Trail at Grant Park gives Ventura a new walking point

A mile-long hiking trail is part of an ambitious plan to transform Grant Park — a place whose main draw until recently was a tribute to Junipero Serra — into a lush botanical garden. Source of this article: The Los … Continue reading

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Camarillo parks district approves study to expand trails and open space in Camarillo

The Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District approved a study that would  bring a new system of bike paths, hiking trails and open space that extends from  Camarillo to the Santa Monica Mountains. Source of this article: The Ventura County … Continue reading

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Radioactive hot spots remain at former Rocketdyne site

A federal study shows hundreds of hot spots at the 2,850-acre facility, overlooking the west San Fernando Valley, half a century after a partial nuclear meltdown there. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, December 17, 2012 Half a … Continue reading

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Juggling chain saws not allowed

Source of this article: The Condor Call, journal of the Los Padres chapter of the Sierra Club, October-November 2012 By James Paxton “Be here at the office at 7:30 a.m. sharp. A minute late and you don’t work.” Coming from … Continue reading

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Mountain lions barely surviving in urban wildlife environment

Poaching death shines light on the battle to save area’s big cats Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, October 20, 2011 By Sylvie Belmond In addition to threats from traffic, pesticide poisoning and urban encroachment, the small number … Continue reading

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