The Urban Wildlands Group

The Urban Wildlands Group is dedicated to the protection of species, habitats, and ecological processes in urban and urbanizing areas.

Latest News

September 1, 2014 -- Our Lange's Metalmark team at Moorpark College brought four new female butterflies in from the wild at Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge to establish the next cohort in the captive breeding project.

August 5, 2014 -- The Urban Wildlands Group joins 137 conservation organizations nationwide to petition the president to issue a proclamation commemorating the death of the last Passenger Pigeon on September 1, 1914.

July 26, 2014 -- Science Director Travis Longcore is quoted on the recovery of the El Segundo blue butterfly (Sacramento Bee).

April 24, 2014 -- Alternet reports on the health impacts of artificial night lighting, including an interview with Science Director Travis Longcore.

February 17, 2014 -- UWG submits comments with the City of Los Angeles on the adverse effects of poor tree trimming practices by contractors to the City. The letter points out that the City of Los Angeles does not have a goal for tree canopy coverage and has in fact lost tree canopy over the past decade.

December 12, 2013 -- A big restoration project is underway at the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, with a new sand dune being constructed from scratch. Butterflies from our captive breeding program will likely be released here when the plants are mature.

October 17, 2103 -- UWG's comments critical of the City of Los Angeles' proposed Cat Program, which would allow unlimited unowned (stray/feral) cats to be fed outdoors and would remove the right of property owners or land managers to remove unowned cats, are reported in the UK's Daily Mail. See also local coverage in the Daily Breeze.

October 3, 2013 -- UWG joins 70 other organizations to urge the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to take further steps to protect people, pets, and wildlife from second generation anticoagulant poisons.

September 20, 2013 -- Mt. Charleston blue butterfly, which UWG petitioned to list as endangered in 2005, has finally been listed as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, thanks to the legal action of the Center for Biological Diversity. Here is our original petition to list.

July 15, 2013 -- UWG has completed an assessment of the potential recovery strategies for the federally endangered Miami Blue Butterfly for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Based on interviews with species experts, their rankings for species recovery actions are: 1) research on species ecology, 2) reintroduction to expand occupied range, 3) monitoring of existing populations, 4) re-establish a captive colony as a refugium, and 5) improve agency coordination.

Longcore, T. 2013. Assessment of recovery strategies for the Miami Blue Butterfly (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Agreement No. F12AP00812). The Urban Wildlands Group, Los Angeles, 44 pp.

July 5, 2013 -- Paul Bogard's new book The End of Night: Searching for Darkness in the Age of Artificial Light is a sprawling travelogue/exploration of night, lighting, and its effects onCover of The End of Night by Bogard nature and society. The work of The Urban Wildlands Group features prominently in the chapter on ecology, including both the book Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting and research on towerkill of birds.

July 4, 2013 - Science Director Travis Longcore was quoted by the LA Weekly in two pieces reporting on a controversial proposal to place a combination visitor center/animal adoption center in Area C of the the state-owned Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. The articles are "Annenberg Foundation Can't Grasp Disgust Over Its Wetlands 'Interpretive Center' and Dog Pound" and "Wallis Annenberg's Controversial Visitor Center at Ballona Wetlands: Money Matters."

May 2013 -- Read about the plight of Lange's Cover of The Wild Onesmetalmark and the people working to save it in Jon Mooallem's new book Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America. Includes Jana Johnson and The Butterfly Project crew, Ken Osborne, and Travis Longcore and Catherine Rich's essay "Invertebrate Conservation at the Gates of Hell."

March 2013 -- Earth Island Journal has a short article quoting UWG research on night lighting, including on avian mortality. Read "And Incredibly Bright" by Holly Haworth.

February 11, 2013 -- UWG's work on feral cat issues was featured in an investigative report by KCET's SoCal Connected, "L.A.'s Proposed No-Kill Policy Raises Hackles on Both Sides." Science Director Travis Longcore's quote in the piece was meant to communicate that there is in truth no such thing as a feral cat policy that is "no kill." If cats are left out in the environment, then birds and other wildlife will be killed by them. This view was articulated in his invited op-ed for the newsletter of the American Bird Conservancy, Bird Calls. Read the October 2012 essay, No-Kill Movement Means Death for Birds.

 

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Projects

Ecological Consequences of
Artificial Night Lighting

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting (Island Press), edited by Catherine Rich and Travis Longcore

See reviews in Science, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Biological Conservation, The Auk, The Condor, and Northeastern Naturalist.

VIDEO: Lights Out! For Nature

"Ecological Light Pollution" in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Conference Information

Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Pedro

Habitat Protection and Restoration

Ballona Wetlands Biota and Historical Ecology Resources

Vision for El Segundo dunes at LAX

Successful Opposition to Waterview Street Landscaping Project at LAX

Beach Bluffs Restoration Project

Ecological Effects of Fuel Modification (Fire Clearance)

Urban Oaks

Spiraling Roots (collaborative project on phytoremediation of urban soils with native plants; report)

UCLA's Campus Forest: A Community Resource

Western Snowy Plover

Status and Trends in Recovery Unit 5

www.westernsnowyplover.org

Butterflies and Moths

Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly

El Segundo Blue Butterfly

Lange's Metalmark Butterfly

Laguna Mountain Skipper

Miami Blue Butterfly

Quino Checkerspot Butterfly

Callippe Silverspot Butterfly

Santa Monica Mountains Hairstreak

Kern Primrose Sphinx Moth

INCA (INsect Count Analyzer for transect counts)

Humane Considerations in Wildlife Management

Lake Skinner Beavers

Resolving Wildlife Conflicts