Monday, August 8, 2011

Major Mammals Of Griffith Park Lecture: Thursday, August 11, 2011

Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 1, 2008.  For several weeks in 2008, Corralitas Drive neighbors had numerous gray fox sightings.  There may have been a den nearby. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Learn about the larger predators of Griffith Park: bobcats, gray fox, coyotes, raccoons, even mountain lions, their prey and their unique existence in an urban, yet wild park.   Details below and Friends of Griffith Park's website.

Lecture by Dan Cooper, Ecologist,
Scientific Director of Griffith Park Natural History Survey

Thursday, August 11, 2011
6:45 PM
Los Feliz Branch Library
1847 Hillhurst (at Franklin Ave)
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 15, 2011, 9:42 AM. A large, healthy, male coyote heading toward the Avenue of the Palms in Elysian Park.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Why you should care about predatory species in the Red Car Property Neighborhood:

The Red Car Property is a part of the hillside urban wildlife corridor between Griffith and Elysian Parks.  Reports of bobcat as well as gray fox sightings on Elysian Park point to the need for urban wildlife corridors. I've followed coyotes in broad daylight from the 18 Acre Elysian Park Parcel, through the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract, under the 2 Freeway, up the Red Car Property to the Menlo Property (where I gave up). 

In 2009, a study was published following the movements of bobcats (using radio collars and motion sensor cameras) in Irvine.  It found they were surprisingly urbanized moving between open space areas.  Wildlife corridors are increasingly important to maintain genetic diversity in urban areas.   

Sort of Related: Barn Owl sighting in Echo Park on The Eastsider.