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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Around The Parks: Hurricane And Fires Recovery Fund, National Monuments, Santa Monica Expansion

A look around the world of national parks this week finds a new recovery fund in place to help national parks impacted by the recent hurricanes and wildfires, a number of groups calling for changes to The Antiquities Act and existing national monuments, and legislation calling for a 191,000-acre addition to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Wildlife Crossing That Would Aid Mountain Lions In Santa Monica Mountains Closer To Reality

Help may be on the way for an at-risk population of mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains, as the California Department of Transportation intends to move forward with building a wildlife crossing over busy Highway 101, which could both help reduce the number of animals struck and killed by vehicles in addition to increasing the genetic diversity of the pumas by bringing new big cats into the area.

Drought Reveals Unknown Breeding Habits Of Toads In Santa Monica Mountains

The prolonged drought in California had at least one silver lining for researchers studying wildlife in the Santa Monica Mountains. Native western toads were found to be breeding in September, the latest ever known observation for the species, which has a breeding season that typically begins in late January. Western toads need pools of water to breed, and without winter rains, it wasn’t until an unusual summer rain event, caused by Eastern Pacific Hurricane Linda, that the toads in this particular spot bred.

Night Sky Festival Returning To Santa Monica Mountains NRA, Will Include New Junior Ranger Patch

With the new moon coming on July 22, the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower nearing its peak, and the total solar eclipse the next month, the National Park Service is excited to present its annual summer Night Sky Festival in the Santa Monica Mountains on that date.

At Least One Mountain Lion Kitten Born In Santa Monica Mountains

While roadkills have impacted the number of mountain lions in and around Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California, those are offset at times by the arrival of kittens. This week the park staff has announced a new litter of at least one kitten, though there's concern the parents are related.

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