Nature in L.A. Blog

Follow the Nature in L.A. blog to keep up on research, community science, and the latest urban nature stories from around the city, as told by NHMLA scientists who live and study in L.A.
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Community Science Meetups

Join us as we use Los Angeles as a field site for science. Community Science Meetups are opportunities to participate in different projects for a single day, while working alongside participants, from beginners to professionals, with varied nature and science experiences. It is a team environment so all are welcome!

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New Exhibits Open!

L.A. is more wild than you think! Come celebrate the transformation of NHM into an indoor-outdoor Museum!
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Community Science

Los Angeles is a diverse, dynamic, ever-changing city, both for people and the wildlife that live here. Although we are frequently aware of the larger wildlife around us, like parrots and squirrels, many of the smaller animals remain unnoticed and even undescribed by scientists.

In order to understand our city better, the Museum has begun a long-term biodiversity study of urban habitats and surrounding natural areas. Our goal is to not only increase our knowledge of local wildlife, but also to involve our local community in this study.  From lizards to ladybugs, we need your help in each of our community science projects — the Museum can't do it alone!




In 2012, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County launched a new research initiative: NHMLA Biodiversity Science: City and Nature (NHMLA BioSCAN). This first-of-its-kind scientific investigation will discover and explore biodiversity in and around one of the world’s largest cities: Los Angeles.
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GeckoWatch is a community science project to map the fine-scale distribution of nonnative geckos in the United States. The primary interest is in mapping the rapidly increasing range of the Mediterranean House Gecko, Hemidactylus turcius. However, we are interested in all nonnative gecko species.
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Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California

Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California (RASCals) is a partnership between the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the San Diego Natural History Museum. RASCals is designed to improve our knowledge of native and non-native reptiles and amphibians in Southern California.

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Snails and slugs Living in Metropolitan Environments (SLIME) is a community science project that aims to catalogue the biodiversity of terrestrial gastropods (land snails and slugs) in Los Angeles County.
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Southern California Squirrel Survey

The Southern California Squirrel Survey is a community science based research program to catalog the occurrence of squirrels in the greater southern California region. Although squirrels are well-known to most people, these small mammals typically don’t get much attention.
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Spider Survey

L.A. is an important international port, new species of spiders are always being accidentally introduced, and some are establishing breeding populations.  We need your help to find out what spiders are becoming established so we can understand what impacts they may be having on our native spiders. 
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Lost Ladybug Project

Partnering with Cornell's Lost Ladybug Project, the Museum hopes to census the ladybugs found in our region.  We have historic data of ladybug species in Los Angeles County, but we don't know how much it has changed — we need your help to find out.
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Los Angeles Butterfly Survey

Partnering with Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA), the Museum hopes to compile a record of the butterflies we're likely to find around the Museum. We know there are 237 species recorded for L.A, County, but how many can you find?
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ZomBee Watch

In partnership with San Francisco State University, ZomBee Watch is a project that will help scientists better understand the distribution of the Zombie Fly, a fly that parasitizes the honey bee. Find out how to become a ZomBee Hunter!
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