It’s a Bird, It’s a Bug… It’s CITIZEN SCIENCE!!!!!!!!!!

iNaturalist is the brainchild of Nate Agrin, Jessica Kline, and Ken-ichi Ueda. They originally came up with the idea for the website during their senior master’s project at UC Berkeley in…

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Wildlife Spotlight: Red Tailed Hawks

The red tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is North America’s most common hawk, and can most certainly be found in the Santa Monica Mountains. They have pale bellies and dark back…

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Beetle Mania — But Not the Groovy Kind

by Amy  Yuelapwan, Land Restoration Tech **The beetle shown in the photo above is a full sized adult, with a US penny shown for scale. The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer…

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Wildlife Spotlight: Green Lynx Spider

This week, our staffers found a Green Lynx Spider (peucetia viridans) perched on a lily near our office in Headwaters Corner. She appears to have made her home here, as…

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Wildlife Spotlight: Coyotes

If you live anywhere near the Santa Monica Mountains, you have encountered coyotes. They can be menaces to your smaller dogs or cats, eat at your trash, and run around…

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Crayfish Busting Keeps Creeks Clean in Calabasas

By: Angela De Palma-Dow Crawling, creeping, and swimming under the surface in some Santa Monica Mountain creeks and streams lurks a red, crunchy and clawed troublemaker.  The red swamp crayfish…

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Cloud Forest Restoration Event on Santa Rosa Island

This past week, MRT vegetation crew members, MRT executive director, and volunteers provided a few more hands to assist Research Ecologist Dr. Kathryn McEachern of the US Geological Survey on…

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What Types of Species Do We Have in the Santa Monica Mountains?

  We are so lucky to have a rich community of flora and fauna here in the Santa Monica Mountains.  Ever wondered just how many species we have?  Take a…

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Mountains Restoration Trust Receives The North Face 2016 Explore Fund Grant

Mountains Restoration Trust is increasing access too and environmental stewardship in the outdoors for fourth grade students in Los Angeles, California. Calabasas, CA – June 28, 2016 – Mountains Restoration…

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“Old Fire” Claims Mountains Restoration Trust’s Headquarters

On the weekend of June 4th Mountains Restoration Trust’s headquarters fell victim to the Old Fire in Calabasas.  The fire started from downed power lines caused by a car crash…

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Potrero Creek Revegetation Project

As you might already know, we are currently working on the Potrero Creek Revegetation Project at National Parks Service’s Rancho Sierra Vista property in Newbury Park. The goal of this…

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A Critical Parcel Added to Cold Creek Preserve

We have purchased a small but significant piece of land within the Cold Creek watershed. The 2.75-acre parcel is located near the intersection of Mulholland Highway and Cold Canyon Road,…

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