Urban Ecology |

Endangered steelhead trout spotted in Malibu Lagoon

Jayni Shuman, RCDSMM Stream Team
| The endangered trout hasn't been seen in the lagoon for decades. It's sighting could be proof that recent restoration efforts there are paying off.

Are brown pelicans forecasting an El Niño?

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California brown pelicans have largely abandoned nesting attempts for the year. Scientists say an incoming El Niño may be to blame.

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The fight over the Santa Monica Mountain wine industry

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No one knows exactly how many vineyards exist in the mountains. Some estimate there are about 50. About half would close under a new coastal land use plan.

Griffith Park mountain lion has mange, traces of rat poison

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Last year, he was looking healthy in iconic photos taken of him in Griffith Park. Now, he's suffering from skin disease and toxins in his blood.

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California sea stars dying in droves from mysterious disease

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The wasting disease targets several species of sea stars and has moved into local waters. In extreme cases, afflicted organisms disintegrate within days.

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City park receiving $75 million wetland restoration

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Lake Machado is best known for being home to "Reggie" an abandoned pet alligator. It's also home to all sorts of other non-native species.

Damaging exotic mussels in area lake are impossible to eradicate

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The quagga mussel has been the bane of the Great Lakes. They've been known to grow at rates of 100,000 individuals in a square meter and can clog intake pipes.

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Rose Parade 2014: Why Glendale's float features Meatball, and where he is now

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The exploits of Meatball the bear captured public attention. Now he's the star of a Rose Parade float. But what happened to the real Meatball?

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