Like the wolf and grizzly bear, the mountain lion, cougar, or puma, North America's largest cat, was once vilified as a pest to the livestock industry. Historically ranging from coast to coast, puma populations today continue to push eastward and reclaim areas they formerly inhabited and as they do, they are nothing short of an ongoing conservation success story. Today however, no state has more of them than California. As encroachment of development into our wild spaces, increased demand for dwindling water supplies, and expanding transportation infrastructure, all threaten to further fragment (or separate) the state's landscapes, can we look to the puma as a tool for implementing logical conservation strategies, and to protect wildness, water, and the ecological foundation that is essential to healthy human and wildlife communities alike?
Join Anthony Giordano, local conservation biologist and wildlife ecologist, on Wednesday, November 2nd from 7 - 8pm for a FREE open-to-the-public presentation for the second installment of our Environmental Speaker Series to learn about the ways humans and mountain lions can peacefully coexist.
Anthony possess more than 20 years of experience with carnivores working around the world. He holds a double B.S. from Long Island University at Southampton College in Biology (Zoology) and Environmental Science (Biology), a M.S. in Conservation Biology and Applied Ecology from Frostburg State, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife science and Management from Texas Tech. Currently he is managing or co-managing 14 projects involving cats in 10 countries as director of S.P.E.C.I.E.S., including a fishing cat conservation effort in Bangladesh, a survey of Sri Lanka leopards with SLWCS, the first ocelot project on Trinidad, and several investigations of jaguarundi ecology.
Ventura Hillsides Conservancy and REI, Oxnard are teaming up with coyote expert David Lee for a free, special presentation on the coyotes in urban settings, 11/9 at 6:30 pm. This is first time this popular event is being held at REI Oxnard.
A coyote's nighttime yips and howls are often heard coming from the Ventura County hills. Did you know that coyotes howl to communicate to other pack members - to coordinate hunts, establish territories and simply tell other coyotes know where they are? But human-coyote interactions are on the rise. During California's ongoing drought, coyotes are on the lookout for food and water in our gardens, backyards, alleyways, parks and open spaces. Favorite non-wild foods include garbage, fruit from landscaped trees, and even the occasional small pet.
All too often coyotes are given a 'bad rap' but in reality, they are one of North America's unique wildlife species. Learn about Ventura's urban coyotes and the ways humans and coyotes can peacefully coexist. David Lee is a California wildlife guru and senior biologist with Davey Resource Group. Ventura Hillsides Conservancy is a REI Grant Partner. Seating is limited.
To learn more about David Lee (and see some fantastic wildlife videos!), check out his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/davidleebio/?fref=ts
Dig in the dirt with VHC as we plant native willow trees along the banks of the Ventura River. Using cuttings taken from existing trees, we will increase the number of trees on this beautiful property. Not only are willow trees beautiful to look at, they provide shade, they are the perfect nesting structure for birds and wildlife and they help to prevent soil erosion.
To get to the Big Rock Preserve, take Highway 33 toward Ojai and exit at Casitas Vista Road. Turn right and park under the highway overpass. Walk to the bike path, take a left and walk to Big Rock - it's 1/8th of a mile down the bike path. Look for the VHC banner and welcome sign!
We will provide the shovels and gloves, you provide the elbow grease and enthusiasm.