Los Angeles may have a reputation as a concrete jungle, but in reality, it's full of amazing wildlife. You just need to know where to find it! Equal parts natural history, field guide, and trip planner, Wild LA has something for everyone. It looks at the factors that shape local nature--including fire, floods, and climate--and profiles over 100 local species, from easy-to-spot squirrels and praying mantids to more elusive green sea turtles, bighorn sheep, and mountain lions. Also included are descriptions of day trips that help you explore natural wonders on hiking trails, in public parks, and in your own backyard. (Timber Press)
"Put on your hiking shoes, pack your binoculars, and rediscover the City of Angels." --Westways Magazine
Saturday, May 4, 11am – Hiking Tour of Eaton Canyon
For those feeling adventurous and ready to explore Wild LA, contributors Lila Higgins and Greg Pauly will be leading an exclusive hiking tour of Eaton Canyon. Tickets for the hike are available HERE and include a copy of Wild LA, while supplies last. The hike is a separate event from the in-store book signing.
About Wild LA contributors and tour guides:
Lila M. Higgins grew up on a farm in the United Kingdom, where she had lots of time for unstructured play in the wild. Her love for nature, especially insects, grew out of this time and led her to study entomology and environmental education. Her work at Mass Audubon Society's Drumlin Farms sanctuary and at the Mary Vagle Nature Center focused on connecting people to nature, particularly in urban settings. Currently she oversees NHMLA's community science program and loves getting people involved in studying the plants and animals that live in Los Angeles.
Dr. Gregory B. Pauly is Curator of Herpetology and Co-Director of the Urban Nature Research Center at NHM. Since joining the Museum in 2012, he has focused his research on the impacts of urbanization on wildlife. He is an advocate for community science and believes partnerships between professional scientists and community members can revolutionize scientific research. His fieldwork has involved studying frogs in tropical rainforests, lizards in the Mojave Desert, and introduced geckos across Southern California neighborhoods. He has authored or coauthored numerous scientific publications, including several with community scientist coauthors.