Tyler Dvorak was lying in slippery guano and smiling as his flashlight shined on a telltale shape in a crevice near the top of Ship Rock, which rises sheer and stark from the sea about a mile off the coast of Santa Catalina Island.
The California Supreme Court has agreed to review a petition filed by environmental and Native American groups opposed to a recent state appellate court opinion in the decades-long dispute over plans to build a community of 60,000 residents about 35 miles north of Los Angeles.
A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official has ordered federal biologists to withdraw their conclusion that the last 300 wolverines in the continental United States deserve threatened species status.
When it comes to risky climbs, few can match the half-mile trek to the second waterfall in Eaton Canyon north of Pasadena, a steep, narrow path over crumbling granite cliffs that has claimed five lives and caused dozens of injuries over the past four years.
Developers citing new scientific evidence are pressing to end federal protections for the California gnatcatcher, whose status as a threatened species has barred development in many areas of prime Southern California coastal real estate for two decades.
A conservation group and a builder of top-notch acoustic guitars have joined forces to combat the insatiable global appetite for ivory that is threatening the existence of African elephants.
"The Croods" could club its way to box-office success this weekend, as the animated caveman movie looks certain to end up No. 1. The 3-D DreamWorks Animation film is likely to open with a solid $40 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The weekend's other big debut, the special-effects-heavy White House action-thriller "Olympus Has Fallen," will trail behind with a so-so $20 million. Meanwhile, two lower-budget pictures -- the Tina Fey comedy "Admission" and the R-rated party flick "Spring Breakers -- are set to launch with less than $10 million apiece. PHOTOS: Scenes from 'Olympus Has Fallen' ...