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This project ain't for everybody. Only the tough people. So all you fly volunteers, get out there and volunteer. Volunteer, I said! 💪🏽👊🏼🙏🏾 . This posting is now CLOSED, thanks to the huge response. But don’t worry, we may have another call for volunteers in the near future. We will also work to respond to everyone who did apply as fast as we can. We ask that you please be patient with us. Thank you! 🙏🏾 😊 The National Park Service is embarking on an ambitious wildlife camera project that will use remote, motion-triggered cameras to learn more about wildlife in the burned areas. As a volunteer, you would help us launch this project by helping us install camera stations throughout the mountains. This is an amazing opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts and/or aspiring biologists and ecologists who want to get an idea of what life is like working for the National Park Service. . We are looking for super strong, physically fit, outdoorsy folks to help us with a critical research project. As you may (or may not) know, the Woolsey Fire 🔥 burned more than half of the remaining habitat in the mountains and two-thirds of the natural habitat in the Simi Hills last November. It proved devastating to our plant and wildlife communities. 😢 . There are two phases to this volunteer project. The first is to install the cameras, the second entails a longer term need for volunteers. In the long term phase, volunteers will deploy, maintain and retrieve the cameras. Volunteers will get training. . You must be: . -In awesome shape. For instance, can you carry a 25 lbs backpack and hike for a few miles? . -OK with getting dirty and sweaty while contributing to an important wildlife research project. . -Available for 6-hours per shift, minimum. (2-3 days a month) . -Comfortable hiking for long distances in remote areas. For more information, go to link in bio. . #santamonicamountains #volunteer #wildlife #findyourpark #encuentretuparque #losangeles #biology #ecology #science #scienceisfun #volunteerism #thankyou #pushit #saltnpepa #hiphop

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Give it up to male mountain lion P-61! 💪🏽😃👊🏼🔥 . This four-year-old cat somehow managed to cross the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass area on the morning of July 19 between 2 and 4 a.m., according to National Park Service biologists. That's a rare and amazing feat! . This is the first time during the course of our 17-year study of mountain lions in and around the Santa Monica Mountains that a GPS-collared lion has crossed the 405 Freeway. In the same general vicinity where P-61 likely crossed, P-18 was hit and killed by a vehicle in 2011 and another uncollared lion was hit and killed in 2009. . But the most famous mountain lion to have crossed the 405 Freeway is P-22. He was not collared at the time so little is known about his journey. DNA tests indicate P-22 was born in the Santa Monica Mountains. He made his way across both the 405 and the 101 Freeways on his journey to ‪Griffith Park‬, where he has lived for more than seven years. . In addition to P-61, researchers are also aware of an uncollared male mountain that seems to inhabit the same relatively small area between the 405 and 101 Freeways. Surveillance camera footage occasionally surfaces with images of that lion dating back approximately five years. . To learn more about P-61, please check out our press release (link in bio). . 📹: This is some recent video footage we captured before he crossed. The other photos were taken several years ago. . #santamonicamountains #internationalcatday #mountainlion #mountainlions #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #puma #cougar

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When was the last time you got up early to hike AND catch a gorgeous sunrise? . 📷: Pic was taken near Castro Crest trailhead in Corral Canyon, Santa Monica Mountains. . #santamonicamountains #castrocrest #corralcanyon #sunrise #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #castropeak #backbonetrail

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Today is #WorldRangerDay! . We are celebrating park rangers like Jess Cooper who has been a part of the National Park Service for seven years. Ranger Jess started out as a ProRanger, an academic and technical skills training and internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service at Temple University and Texas A&M. The program was established to recruit and train law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service. . National Park Service law enforcement rangers are sworn, commissioned law enforcement officers whose duties include detection, investigation, and apprehension of persons responsible for criminal activity. Law enforcement rangers also protect national parks' natural and cultural resources, educate the public about the parks and provide public safety services. . Ranger Jess is passionate about protecting visitors and conserving wildlife and our wonderful cultural treasures. The Philadelphia native has been working for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for an entire month. She says she is thrilled to be working in such a beautiful park. . Thank you Ranger Jess and all rangers from around the world! . #FindYourPark #encuentratuparque #askaranger #nationalparkservice #parkranger #santamonicamountains #motownphilly

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As y’all know, wildfires are a real danger around here. 🔥 Due to recent local fire activity, warm weather, and live fuel moisture levels at 80% and still dropping, the Fire Danger Level (FDL) for the Santa Monica Mountains has moved from Moderate to High. A small fire near Rancho Sierra Vista on Potrero Road last Friday was caused by power tools cutting on a pipe. Another fire in Topanga the same day was car-related. . Whether working to create defensible space around your home, just mowing the lawn, or pulling your dirt bike over to the side of the road, if you live in a wildland area you need to use all equipment responsibly. Lawn mowers, weed-eaters, chain saws, grinders, welders, tractors, and trimmers can all spark a wildland fire. . Here are a few good reminders of using fire safe practices. . -Mow before ‪10 a.m.‬, but never when it’s windy or excessively dry. In wildland areas, grinding and welding operations require a permit and 10 feet of clearance. Keep a shovel and a fire extinguisher ready to use. -Don’t drive your vehicle onto dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires that you won’t even see – until it’s too late! -Keep a cell phone nearby and call 911 immediately in case of fire. Do your part, the right way, to keep your community fire safe. Let’s keep the Santa Monica Mountains beautiful! ⛰ 🌳 🌊 . For more tips, visit https://www.readyforwildfire.org/Prevent-Wildfire/. . #santamonicamountains #wildfiresafety #fire #fuego #incendio #incendioforestal #wildfire #safety #cuidado #readyforwildfire

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L.A.’s brightest stars will be shining at our annual Summer Night Sky Festival at Paramount Ranch on August 3. Under a dark sky, see Jupiter, Saturn, the Milky Way Galaxy, and more: . 🔭 See distant stars through telescopes. 💡 Guest lecture by Dr. Travis Longcore. 🦇 Search for bats with a ranger. 🛰 See the International Space Station. ✨ Make your own constellation. 🌒 Earn a Night Sky Jr. Ranger patch. 🌮 Grab a bite from our food vendors. 🌙 Experience the park after dark! . 🌌 This FREE event runs from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Paramount Ranch is located at 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. For any questions, please call our visitor center at (805) 370-2301. . All the stars will be there! Will you? . #santamonicamountains #agourahills #parkafterdark #starparty #astronomy #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #bats #paramountranch #nationalparks #milkyway #nightsky

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Exciting news! 8 months after the largest fire to ever hit Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, all 67 miles of the park's most famous trail have now reopened. The final 6 miles of the Backbone Trail from Kanan Rd east to Corral Canyon Rd are now open! Pic shows a 120-foot section of retaining wall being repaired, which was one of many parts of the trail that were seriously damaged. Come check it out! #santamonicamountains #backbonetrail #trails #outdoors #findyourpark #encuentratuparque

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Ginger, the 🐶, to her family: . Thanks guys for taking good care of me! The water was refreshing during our hike and I’m so glad we went out in the morning when it wasn’t so hot outside. Oh, and keeping me on a leash made me feel safe. You guys are the best! ❤️ . #santamonicamountains #petsafety #dog #dogs #instadog #dogsofinstagram #perro #perros #findyourpark #encuentratuparque

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"I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies." -Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye . 📷: Brents Mountain, elev. 1,713, in the background. . #santamonicamountains #sunset #mountains #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #brentsmountain #calabasas #malibu #summer #poetry #tonimorrison

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Yay! A pair of golden eagle chicks, a fully protected species in the state of California, have been found in a nest in a remote area of the western Santa Monica Mountains. . The last time a nest was confirmed was in the mountains in the late 1980s near Lobo Canyon, in the central portion of the mountain range. . The chicks, a 12-week-old male and a female, were located several weeks ago. . The golden eagle, one of the largest birds in North America, is a cousin of the bald eagle. Sightings are extremely rare and both are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Biologists believe the population may be declining in the United States, especially in California. . The golden eagle is one of 11 raptors, birds that hunt and feed on other animals, that breed in the Santa Monica Mountains. For more information, click link in bio. . #santamonicamountains #goldeneagle #eagle #raptor #birds #pajaros #birdsofprey #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #aguila

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Say hi to P-75, the newest mountain lion to join our study of mountain lions in the ‪Santa Monica Mountains‬. . The young female, who currently weighs 50lbs., was discovered in a tree yesterday morning in a Pacific Palisades mobile home park. The Los Angeles Police Department secured the scene and the young lion was safely tranquilized and removed by California Department of Fish & Wildlife officers and NPS biologists. . In a coordinated effort, CDFW and NPS outfitted the young lion with a GPS radio tracking collar and ID tag in her ear. After the tranquilizer wore off, the lion was safely released into the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. She is the 75th lion to join the study overall and the 10th active, collared mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains presently. We are currently studying 12 (including one in Griffith Park and another in the Santa Susana Mountains). . #santamonicamountains #mountainlion #puma #cougar #wildlife #findyourpark #encuentratuparque

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As of this morning, all trails in Zuma/‪Trancas Canyon‬ are now officially open to the public! 😃 We are grateful to our trails crew who worked tirelessly for months to repair many miles of trails destroyed by the Woolsey Fire. We would also like to thank the many volunteers who came out to help us restore the burned trails! . The only portion of the Backbone Trail that is still closed due to the damage from the fire is the final stretch from Newton Canyon to ‪Corral Canyon‬. We will keep you updated as to when that will open! . #santamonicamountains #zuma #zumatrancas #zumatrails #hiking #malibu #canyonview #oceanview #findyourpark #encuentratuparque

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Frog alert! 🐸 . It's been seven months since the Woolsey Fire and an initiative that began in 2014 to reintroduce threatened California red-legged frogs (Rana draytonii) into the Santa Monica Mountains is struggling to regain its footing. We can't even guess how many frogs perished in the fire. What we do know is that in the weeks prior to the fire, the rare amphibians were flourishing, happily eating insects, and reproducing on their own in two of the four streams spread throughout the mountains. Then the fire struck and burned up much of their habitat. This was immediately followed by a season of heavy rainfall, which caused debris flows that filled the streams with silt and mud. . It ended up being a double whammy for the long-time project which sought to bring back frogs that had not been living in the Santa Monica Mountains since the 1970s. It would be an understatement to say the fire made their habitat less hospitable. This species is both federally threatened and a state species of special concern. . Katy Delaney is the NPS ecologist who has been leading the project for more than five years. She is now contending with essentially starting over with her study since three of the four reintroduction streams were “annihilated.” . “With three of the four sites, there is no aquatic habitat left and not much vegetation,” she said. “I don’t even know if they are alive." 😢 . Read our news release (link in bio) to learn more. . #santamonicamountains #californiaredleggedfrog #frog #Ranadraytonii #rana #woolseyfire #herp #herps #herplove #amphibians #threatened #biology #ecology #findyourpark #encuentratuparque

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"Mine is the time of foliage, When hills and valleys teem With buds and vines sweet scented, All clothed in glowing green. . My nights are bright and starry, My days are long and clear And truly I'm the fairest, Of all months in the year." . -  Poet Mary Weston Fordham (1843–1905) was a free person of color who ran her own school during the Civil War. This poem is called "June." . 📷: Plummers mariposa lily pic taken from the Cistern Trail in ‪Malibu Creek State Park.‬ . #santamonicamountains #june #spring #plummersmariposalily #lily #wildflower #wildflowers #florsilvestre #floressilvestres #poetry #history #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #malibucreekstatepark #calabasas #malibu #woolseyfire #wildflowerwatch2019

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Looking for a place to hide from the heat? Check out the Grotto Trail at Circle X Ranch! This moderate 3.5 mile round trip hike leads you to a narrow gorge where the west fork of Arroyo Sequit pours over boulders and into caves. . Finding the Grotto is an adventure that requires some boulder scrambling and hiking on uneven surfaces. Before you reach the Grotto itself, the cave (in the pic) will be on your left. It’s hidden. Can you find it? . Free trail maps can be found on our website (link in bio). Call our visitor center at (805) 370-2301 for more information. And remember, with this intense heat, it's important that you always make sure to bring plenty of water! . Happy hiking! . #santamonicamountains #waterfallwednesday #malibu #circlexranch #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #chasingwaterfalls #nationalparks #cascada #summer #verano #thegrotto

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This little guy, a juvenile great horned owl, is a hoot. 😂 . The curious little explorer couldn't wait to grow up. He kept falling out of his nest at Rancho Sierra Vista. (Don’t worry, he was OK!). His sibling, on the other hand, seemed to have a much easier time hanging out with the fam and staying put until the time was right. . Mom and dad carefully watched both baby owls and they grew and grew (with this guy always falling out of his nest). NPS rangers were keeping an eye on them, too. When they were about 9-10 weeks old, the two baby owls safely fledged. . Which brings us to some fun owl facts. Did you know that young owls are fed and cared for by both parents for up to several months? . Great horned owls also get pretty big and are known as fierce and aggressive hunters. Owls in general can't move their eyes from side to side so instead they swivel their heads more than 180 degrees to look in any direction. What??? 😲 . #santamonicamountains #weirdwildlife #greathornedowl #owl #raptor #buho #lechuza #birdofprey #owls #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #babyowl #owlet #ranchosierravista #newburypark #thousandoaks

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To bee or not to bee? That is the question. 🐝 🌸 . Did you know the bee is not just any old insect? Bees are specialized insects called pollinators that gather nectar and pollen from flowers. As pollinators, they play a very important role in ecosystems worldwide. . There are more than 4,000 species of "native bees" in the United States. . Native bees are those that have always lived in an area and are able to survive without help from humans. These bees don’t make honey or beeswax that we can use, but they do pollinate many of our plants and food crops. They do this so much that they are called the "super pollinators." . The more you know...the more you know! . #santamonicamountains #bee #bees #nativebees #abeja #ecosystem #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #pollen #polen #pollinator #ciencia #science #biology #ecology #biologia #superpollinators #phacelia #backbonetrail #floressilvestres #malibu #nectar

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Does this look familiar? . The Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center at ‪King Gillette Ranch‬ is famous now, thanks to ‪Katy Perry‬! 😉 Managed by our partner Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA), KGR was the filming location for ‪Katy Perry‬'s just-released video "Never Really Over." (link to video in bio) . Doesn't this historic site look totally gorge? The Woolsey Fire last November burned all around it but it never reached the 488 acre ranch - phew! . And hey, if it's been a while since you've been to the ‪Visitor Center‬, now is a great time to do it. Say hi to a friendly park ranger, take a look at the great selection of nature books and items for sale and check out our informative exhibits. It is open daily ‪from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.‬ . #santamonicamountains #kinggilletteranch #kgr #calabasas #mrca #lamountains #katyperry #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #neverreallyover #film #video #hollywood #music #musicvideo #woolseyfire

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We're stoked about #NationalTrailsDay tomorrow here in the Santa Monica Mountains! We've got several fun volunteer events going on in the area, including restoration work at ‪Zuma Canyon‬ so we can open the trails back up there (link to volunteer is in bio). We still need some more volunteers for that event and we can have helpers as young as eight years old. . We are also partnering with California State Parks Foundation at the ‪Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook‬ in LA to pull out pesky invasive weeds. You can go to their website (http://calparks.org/help/park-champions/) to register for that event. Kids six and up are welcome! . We're also fixing up the Backbone Trail near Encinal ‪Canyon Road‬ (we already have a ton of volunteers for that). Watch out for heavier than normal traffic in the area! . Thanks to all of our volunteers - young and old(er) - who freely give their valuable time to help maintain our public lands. Team work makes the dream work! 💪🏽👊🏿👏🏼🙏🏽 . 📷: Oh, and we’re not done with the superbloom yet! This was taken along the Encinal Canyon stretch of the Backbone Trail where tons of phacelia are blooming. . #santamonicamountains #volunteers #volunteer #volunteering #trailwork #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #teamwork #publiclands #conservation #wildflowerwatch2019 #superbloom #mydayinla #la #losangeles #zumacanyon #encinalcanyon #malibu #baldwinhills

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BUSTED!!! 😲 . This clever squirrel, who’s running off with what looks like a slice of extra meaty pepperoni pizza, is part of tens of thousands of wildlife photos that have been collected over the past year and were taken from several dozen cameras that have been set up along the Los Angeles River. Now, we need the help of community scientists in LA to catalog them! . Biologists at ‪Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area‬ have launched a crowdsourcing effort called the “Wildlife of Los Angeles Project.” To participate, one does not need a scientific background or degree. What is needed is access to the internet, time, and attention to detail. Users interested in participating in the project can log onto a website called Zooniverse (link in bio) and access photos from the collection. Clear instructions on how to “tag” photos are given on the website. . These photos are ultimately turned into data that can be analyzed by tagging species and the number of individuals. They can then be combined with information collected in the field and through remote sensing to identify factors that affect wildlife in the region. . So far, the animals most commonly seen include coyotes, raccoons, bobcats, deer and squirrels. . Thanks to our volunteers from Citizens for LA Wildlife (CLAW), Friends of Griffith Park, Friends of the LA River, Heal the Bay, the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, the Natural History Museum, the National Wildlife Federation, California State Parks, Latino Outdoors, and the Woodland Hills ‪Warner Center‬ Neighborhood Council. They helped us set up the motion-activated cameras around the city. . Thus far, the only mountain lion to make a cameo appearance on a motion-activated camera during this project has been P-22. . #santamonicamountains #squirrel #wildlife #pizzasquirrel #citizenscience #zooniverse #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #faunasilvestre #losangeles #ciencia #science #LA #CLAW #friendsofgriffithpark #friendsofthelariver #healthebay #lacc #laconservationcorps #naturalhistorymuseum #lanaturalhistorymuseum #nationalwildlifefederation #castateparks #latinooutdoors #latinasoutdoors #woodlandhills

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Happy #biodiversityday! . When out-of-towners think of LA, they think concrete and gridlocked freeways but for the folks who actually live here, we know better, right? . Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the second largest urban area in the United States. It is one of the largest and most significant examples of Mediterranean-type ecosystems in the world. The climate of the Mediterranean ecosystem, characterized by wet winters and warm, dry summers, along with the diverse topography in the Santa Monica Mountains, has created a landscape filled with unique natural resources. . These mountains are part of the east-west trending Transverse Ranges of Southern California. The range is geologically complex and characterized by steep, rugged mountain slopes and canyons. Elevations range from sea level to more than 3,000 feet. The mountains are adjacent to 46 miles of scenic coastline with sandy beaches and rocky tide pools and lagoons. . This is home to over 1,000 plant species that make up 26 distinct natural communities - from freshwater aquatic habitats and two of the last salt marshes on the Pacific Coast, to oak woodlands, valley oak savannas, coastal sage, and chaparral. . You can find bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions here. Nearly 400 species of birds have been observed and another 35 species of reptiles and amphibians can also be found. We are also home to more than 50 threatened or endangered plants and animals - among the highest concentrations of such rare species in the nation. . Due to this ecosystem, we are literally (and figuratively) a "hot spot" for biodiversity. . 📷: Inspiration Point at Will Rogers State Historic Park overlooking the city of Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean. This is the point where the eastern portion of the Backbone Trail begins. . #santamonicamountains #biodiversity #mediterranean #climate #losangeles #LA #mountains #wildlife #findyourpark #ecosystem #nationalparks #encuentratuparque #biodiversidad #clima #faunasilvestre #backbonetrail #willrogersstatepark #inspirationpoint #santamonica #pacificocean

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In the past three months, National Park Service biologists have been made aware of six bobcats - including a collared male and a female who was later discovered to be lactating - who have been struck and killed by cars in the Santa Monica Mountains. 😢 💔 . In March, B-361, a male bobcat captured just days before the Woolsey Fire, was killed by a car on Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas. Being struck by a vehicle is the second most common cause of death for bobcats in our NPS bobcat study area, second only to mange. Others have been hit and killed on Mulholland Highway in Calabasas and Potrero Road and Lynn Road in Thousand Oaks. . Biologist Joanne Moriarty has been studying bobcats at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for more than 15 years. She does not recall another period when this many bobcats have been killed by cars within such a short period of time. . “As sad as this is, there is a safety message here,” Moriarty says. “Please keep your eyes open on all roads, especially ones where there is ‪open space‬ on both sides. Also, slow down and don’t drive distracted. This is their habitat, too!” . #santamonicamountains #wildlife #bobcat #bobcats #bobcatsofinstagram #safety #calabasas #thousandoaks #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #gatomontes #faunasilvestre

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“Find a sight that is Better to behold than the Ones described in ink.” . -Vrushab Rao, poet . 📷: Pic was taken off of Stunt Road in Calabasas. . #santamonicamountains #calabasas #stuntroad #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #nofilter #nofilterneeded

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It's #NationalPoliceWeek and we're taking this opportunity to honor our Nation’s law enforcement officers and express our sincerest gratitude for their service. . From the law enforcement rangers who serve the ‪Santa Monica Mountains‬ to all officers across the nation. These brave men and women include park rangers and U.S Park Police in America's national parks. . There are approximately 2,300 National Park Service Law Enforcement rangers and United States Park Police officers responsible for securing and protecting more than 84 million acres across 419 National Park Service locations. . We are grateful for all of y'all! . #santamonicamountains #lawenforcement #police #ranger #gratitude #brave #policia #lawenforcementranger #cumplimientodelaley #nationalparkservice #serviciodeparquenacional #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #service #courage #publicservice

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Hi there! Don't be scared. I'm a non-venomous snake. 🐍 Yeah, I know. I look like a Southern Pacific rattlesnake, which IS venomous. But I have a slender tail and no rattle (although I will often try and mimic a rattlesnake’s movement just to fool you). . I also have a dark mark under each of my eyes that creates the illusion of a vertical pupil (but I don’t have the rattlesnake’s distinctive, diamond-shaped head). . Either way, you should keep an eye out for our ilk. It's snake season, you know? When out hiking, don’t stick your hands in dark holes, pick up large rocks or if you see me, don’t try and take a selfie with me or poke at me. You never know - you may actually be poking at my cousin, the rattlesnake, and that, my friend, you’d regret! . OK, that's all. Thanks for reading. Happy hiking! . Signed, a gopher snake in the Santa Monica Mountains . #santamonicamountains #snake #snakes #rattlesnake #losangeles #ventura #snakesofinstagram #southernpacificrattlesnake #gophersnake #serpiente #reptile #reptil #herp #herplove

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Please share! Calling all teachers (and friends of teachers who can pass this on to them)! 👩‍🏫 📖 🏫 ‪On Saturday April 13 and 27, we will offer a free presentation and hike for all teachers on "Wildfires and Fire Ecology in Southern California" at Paramount Ranch. The talks will be held at the King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center and the walks will take place at Paramount Ranch.‬ . We will share the basics of fire ecology in the recent burned area, discuss outdoor classroom techniques, share resources, lesson plans and ideas on how to encourage students to visit the park. . For more information and to RSVP, please email samo_education@nps.gov or call ‪805-370-2304‬ with the date of your choice. Include your name, email, phone number, the school where you teach, and if you will be attending the talk, the hike, or both. . #santamonicamountains #teacher #teacherhike #fire #fireecology #share #outdoorclassroom #student #students #education #learning #learn #losangeles #ventura #oxnard #ecology #woolseyfire #paramountranch #kinggilletteranch

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*Closure notice* . We're going to be doing some pavement preservation work at Rancho Sierra Vista ‪on Monday, 4/8, from 7am to 5pm‬. The good news is this will improve our park roads and parking lots! . The road closures will be for vehicles, equestrians and mountain bikes so please heed signs on roads and trailheads. Trail access will remain open to hikers, equestrians, and bikers with some detours to avoid the pavement work. Thanks for your patience! . #santamonicamountains #ranchosierravista #rsv #newburypark #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #psa #mountainbiking #mountainbikers

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Have you noticed? Lupines, eye-catching vertical purple wildflowers, are EVERYWHERE in the Santa Monica Mountains! 💜 💜 💜 . Lupinus means “wolf” and this refers to the untrue notion that these wildflowers rob nutrients from the soil. But in fact, lupines add nitrogen back to the soil, a good thing! There are 82 species of lupines. These are succulent lupines (Lupinus succulentus). Btw, the flower in the foreground is a hubby’s phacelia (Phacelia hubbyi). To learn more about wildflowers specific to the Santa Monica Mountains, go to www.smmflowers.org (link in bio). . #santamonicamountains #wildflowers #wildflowerwatch2019 #lupin #lupines #phacelia #caterpillarphacelia #spring #paramountranch #agourahills #losangeles #superbloom #californiawildflowers #springtime

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*Closure notice* . Due to road work, Solstice Canyon will be closed to entry all day Wednesday, 4/3. Also, the Backbone Trail's Kanan/Newton Canyon parking lot will be closed from 7am to 3:30pm Thursday, 4/4 (cars can use the unpaved overflow lot and still access the trail heading west). Thanks for your patience as we work to improve our park roads and parking lots! . #santamonicamountains #solsticecanyon #roadwork #newtoncanyon #kanan

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Take a guess - what IS this? . It's nature art! . But scientifically speaking, it's bark flaking off a Sycamore tree, which is common with this type of tree and happens more often in some years than others. These trees grow quickly and can live for hundreds of years. And with all the rain we've had this year, some trees have grown especially fast! As the girth of the sycamore expands, the brittle bark can crack and come loose. This is the result: a fascinating, geometric abstract pattern that is artsy and interesting. . Thus, #natureart. . #santamonicamountains #sycamore #tree #sicomoro #arbol #sycamoretree #biology #weirdscience #abstract #nature #natureza #geometric #artnature #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #nofilter #kinggilletteranch #kgr #calabasas #everydayisearthday

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ALERT: Please be advised that traffic is blocked on both sides of Yerba Buena Road (which leads to Sandstone Peak, the Mishe Mokwa Trail, Grotto Trail and the Circle X area) due to a major rock slide. We’ll update you with any further developments as we get them. . UPDATE: Rodney Perez, a road maintenance superintendent with Ventura County Transportation, says portions of Yerba Buena Road will remain closed until the end of the week due to the very large boulders now blocking it. The only way to reach the Circle X trailheads are via Deer Creek Road, to Pacific View Drive to Cotharin Road, which then leads to Yerba Buena Road. Yerba Buena Road from PCH is still blocked from a gigantic sinkhole that opened up two months ago during a rainstorm. It will be about a month before that portion of the road reopens. #santamonicamountains #rockslide #yerbabuena #yerbabuenaroad #sandstonepeak #mishemokwa #grottotrail #circlex

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Can y'all help us out? . Our field staff are encountering a lot of visitors who think our closed gates and "Park Closed" signs means that the area is closed to cars (or just not them)! . But wrong. . If you see a park closed sign, that means that park is -- you got it -- closed to ALL visitors (except the wildlife). 🐇 🦅 🐍 🦁 🦎 🐸 . The closed spots still have a number of safety issues and we don't want you to get hurt! The Woolsey Fire and the subsequent rainstorms really did a number on our sites and we're working hard to mitigate the safety issues that exist so you can get back out there and enjoy our public spaces. . #santamonicamountains #thankyou #gracias #woolseyfire #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #hiking

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You don't have to sit in hours of traffic to hike in nature and check out the wildflower action in the Santa Monica Mountains. We have tons of them and we're doing guided hikes, too! . . From the west side (Rancho Sierra Vista, Point Mugu) to the east (‪Topanga State Park‬ and Will Rogers State Historic Park), there are lots of places to see and things to do. . . Just last Saturday, Ranger Luis led a group of more than 115 outdoor enthusiasts on a bilingual wildflower hike at Paramount Ranch. Thanks to Latino Outdoors for teaming up with us on this family-friendly hike! This was a first and we hope to organize many more such events so stay tuned! Please be sure to check out our Facebook page and our digital OUTDOORS calendar (link in bio) for future events. . . No tienes que sentarte en horas de tráfico para caminar en la naturaleza y ver la acción de las flores silvestres en las montañas de Santa Mónica. Tenemos un montón de ellos y estamos haciendo caminatas guiadas, también! . . Desde el lado oeste (Rancho Sierra Vista, Point Mugu) hacia el este (Topanga State Park y Will Rogers State Historic Park), hay muchos lugares para ver y cosas que hacer. . . El sábado pasado, Ranger Luis dirigió a un grupo de más de 115 entusiastas del aire libre en una caminata bilingüe de flores silvestres en Paramount Ranch. ¡Gracias a Latino Outdoors por colaborar con nosotros en esta caminata familiar! Esta fue la primera vez y esperamos organizar muchos más eventos de este tipo, así que ¡estad atentos! Por favor, asegúrese de visitar nuestra página de Facebook y nuestro calendario digital OUTDOORS (enlace en la biografía) para eventos en el futuro. . . #santamonicamountains #wildflower #hike #hiking #wildflowerhike #florsilvestre #floressilvestres #caminata #latinooutdoors #bilingual #spanish #bilingue #espanol #paramountranch #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #agourahills #nowildflowerswereharmed #losangeles

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Last Friday night, B-361, an adult male bobcat, was hit and killed by a car on Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas (just north of Mulholland Highway). This occurred at almost the same exact spot of the road where B-356 was hit and killed by a car last July. Sadly, being struck by a vehicle is the second most common cause of death for bobcats in our study, second only to mange. . . This male cat, a beauty as you can see in the pic, was collared by our biologists on November 6, 2018 - the day before the tragic ‪Borderline Bar‬ shooting and two days before the Woolsey Fire. . . He roamed between the burned and unburned areas of Malibu Canyon. His carcass has been picked up and he will undergo a necropsy (although the cause of death is obvious). As with all the other animals in our bobcat study, collecting tissue samples and and learning about the general health of the animal is a critical part of our research. We also keep tissue samples for future studies. . . As a side note, please be careful when driving! We share the Santa Monica Mountains with large wild animals like deer, bobcats and mountain lions who sometimes make attempts to cross the road (and freeways even!). In this case, it was not a successful attempt. 😞 . . #santamonicamountains #bobcat #bobcats #calabasas #research #science #ciencia #wildlife #faunasilvestre #biology #gatomontes

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Guess what park just reopened this morning in the Santa Monica Mountains? #solsticecanyon #santamonicamountains #woolseyfire #findyourpark #encuentratuparque

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Searching for 🌸 🌻 🥀🌼🌺 in the Santa Monica Mountains requires patience and persistence, but the payoff is totally worth it! . . We've been seeing some pretty rad wildflowers like chocolate lilies, skull caps, Parry's phacelia and shooting stars (in the Circle X area, Point Dume, Rancho Sierra Vista and Paramount Ranch). It would be great for y'all to come and see them, too, BUT what's bad is when we see folks not treating the wildflowers right. 😞 . . Like the other day when one of our rangers caught three female visitors who had grabbed armfuls of wildflowers and were casually walking away with them. Not good! . . Picking flowers, stepping all over them or lying on them like it’s your living room futon may make you look cool and appear all free-spirited and nature-y in your IG pic, but it may also prevent them from growing in the future. (It's also against park regs). 😱 . . In this photo, a park visitor demonstrates a better way to take pics of poppies covering the hillsides of Canyon View Trail in the Circle X area. He’s still on the trail, he’s not stepping on them and the resulting pic was 💯. . . #santamonicamountains #wildflowerwatch2019 #nowildflowerswereharmed #wildflowers #circlex #flores #pointdume #natureza #conservation #ranchosierravista #paramountranch #findyourpark #encuentratuparque

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Mountain lion update: our biologists recently recaptured P-53, a three and a half year old female mountain lion, and treated her for mange, a parasitic disease of the hair and skin. Mange is generally rare in wild cats, however, it has been widespread in bobcats in the Santa Monica Mountains area starting in 2002, which caused extensive mortality and a significant population decline. . . Before P-53 was recaptured, remote camera photos had indicated that she likely had mange. NPS biologists then consulted with veterinarians and disease experts with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Biologists treated her with selamectin, a topical treatment for ectoparasitic diseases such as mange, fleas and ticks. . . The Griffith Park mountain lion known as P-22 also received the same treatment for mange and eventually recovered. Tests from that period showed compounds from two different first-generation anticoagulant rodenticides in P-22’s blood. . . This is the fifth case of mange in mountain lions since the study began in 2002. Researchers are awaiting test results to determine whether P-53’s blood sample shows exposure to first or second-generation anticoagulant compounds. . . It’s a concern to see mange in a mountain lion, because it generally means that the animal is compromised in some other way such as having been exposed to toxicants but we are hopeful the treatment will be successful. Our biologists will be monitoring P-53’s recovery through remote camera images. . . #santamonicamountains #mountainlion #mountainlions #cougar #puma #breakthepoisonchain #mange

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Green is good! 🍃🌳💚🌿 . . We have spotted signs of life sprouting in the gigantic, and beloved, valley oak tree at ‪Paramount Ranch‬'s Western Town. This centuries old tree is special and is known as a "witness tree." Why, you ask? . . Because from a close proximity, this giant, hulking oak has likely observed all of European settlement in the area and perhaps a not insubstantial portion of Native American habitation; not to mention the numerous weddings, film productions and special events of recent years. It did not fare well in the fire, with much of its bark burned a ghostly white. . . BUT we are very excited to report seeing green sprouts on multiple (3-5+) branches. They are visible along the south side of the tree (where it didn't burn as thoroughly; more scorched than burned). The other half of the tree doesn't look so great and we know these sprouts aren't a guarantee that the whole tree will survive, but who knows? . . Maybe it will. . . #santamonicamountains #tree #trees #treesarelife #nature #natureza #oak #witnesstree #woolseyfire #paramountranch #westerntown #agourahills #findyourpark #encuentratuparque

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Woohoo - the news just keeps getting better with the Santa Monica Mountains! 😃 . . A portion of the Backbone Trail managed by the National Park Service in Malibu reopens today, along with the popular Grotto Trail. The majority of the 67-mile Backbone Trail is now open, with the exception of a 4-mile stretch from Yerba Buena Road to the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead and a 6-mile stretch from the Kanan Trailhead east to the ‪Corral Canyon‬ Trailhead. 👊🏽💪🏽👏🏽 . . Although these areas are open, there is a closure order for all burned areas that restricts the public to the trails only. Visitors are being asked to STAY ON TRAILS and be aware that numerous safety hazards still exist! Hikers going off trail can cause more damage to newly restored trails, trample new plants, and prevent the re-growth of fragile vegetation. 🌱 🌸 🌳 . . The NPS trail crew collaborated on multiple sections of the Backbone Trail with local members of the California Conservation Corps, The Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council and Camp 13, the only all-female, Malibu-based fire camp in LA that occasionally assists with trail work. Check out pics (link in bio). . . Other trails and areas in the park still closed include ‪Solstice Canyon‬ and trails in Zuma/Trancas Canyons. . . #santamonicamountains #backbonetrail #grottotrail #bbt #sandstonepeak #mishemokwa #yerbabuena #hiking #mountainbiking #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #caminata #senderismo #californiaconservationcorps #camp13 #santamonicamountainstrailscouncil

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Do you ever lay awake at night wondering how you can help out your local National Park? Do you have a few hours to spare every month? Well, here's an opportunity. The ‪Santa Monica Mountains‬ ‪Visitor Center‬ in Calabasas and the ‪Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center‬ in Newbury Park are in need of volunteers. . . First off, our volunteers are a huge help. They greet visitors and help answer questions about the park, they open and close both visitor centers, make sales, answer phones, greet visitors and answer questions, give directions and assist in keeping the facilities and exhibits clean. They also track and report visitation numbers. . . We are looking for a commitment of 16 hours per month, which would consist of one four hour shift each week on the same day. Applicants will go through a background check and wear a uniform (we provide shirts, name tags, hats and light weight jackets). Knowledge of the Santa Monica Mountains is helpful but we will train volunteers and provide them with free CPR/First Aid classes and other VIP enrichment training. . . Right now our biggest needs are Sunday and Monday mornings, as well as Tuesday and Saturday afternoons. For more information, email Sarah_Koenen@nps.gov. . . #santamonicamountains #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #calabasas #newburypark #kinggilletteranch #volunteer #volunteering #vip

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Ready to get your hike on this weekend? Awesome because the Mishe Mokwa Trail, along with the Sandstone Peak Trail, have reopened. They’re both back! 😊 (**Please note that Yerba Buena Road is closed from PCH). #readysetgo #santamonicamountains #wildflowerwatch2019 #hiking #sandstonepeak #mishemokwatrail #mishemokwa #encuentratuparque #findyourpark #getyourhikeon #woolseyfire

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During the federal government shutdown, we will not monitor or update social media. Some National Park Service areas are accessible, however access may change without notice, and there are no NPS-provided services. For more information, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/samo.

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Looking for silver linings post-Woolsey Fire has become a thing for us here and we can count our collaboration with the Chumash Fire Department as a positive outcome. The department was ordered up as a Suppression and Cultural Specialist resource during the fire. Based out of the Santa Ynez Reservation, the fire department is a division of the tribal government devoted to fire, emergency medical and disaster preparedness services. The job for these Chumash firefighters was to help fight the fire while protecting prehistoric Chumash cultural sites in the Santa Monica Mountains. When the fire’s progression stopped, they worked with equipment operators and their supervisors to coordinate the rehabilitation of the land that was disturbed by the suppression efforts. When the fire was put to rest and the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team was mobilized, they assisted in assessing sites that could be potentially impacted in the future by erosion and debris flow. This fire department is rare. They are one of only a few nationwide that are trained in the preservation of their culture. In this pic, a bead was found in the ashes. This was our first time working with them and we are thrilled we had this opportunity. Thank you! #chumash #indigenous #chumashfiredepartment #gratitude #woolseyfire #silverlinings #santamonicamountains #wildfire #nativeamerican #culturalartifacts #culture #native #santaynez #santaynezreservation

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Our first post-Woolsey Fire volunteer planting event last Sunday was a success - woot! 💪🏽 🥈 👍🏼 With 50 volunteers signed-in, we planted approximately 250 sages, buckwheat, oak trees, ash trees and mulefat shrubs in two hours and covered an area roughly two acres at Peter Strauss Ranch. Our restoration was focused on ash-oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, and wetland communities which have been diminished through the years from urban development and human-related disturbances. These native communities are critical for supporting wildlife and plants that future generations can enjoy as the restoration matures over time. Soon, we will notice a greater diversity of bird species, especially in the enhanced woodland area. This restoration was planned before the Woolsey Fire and actively planting appropriate native species in this burned area will enhance the natural post-fire recovery of native flora. Sign up to be a volunteer (link in bio) and stay tuned - we plan to organize more restoration events in 2019! Thank you for stewarding our public lands! #santamonicamountains #volunteer #volunteering #woolseyfire #plant #ecology #restoration #nativeplants #coastalsagescrub #oak #oaktree #sage #buckwheat #mulefatshrub #ashtree

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Let’s play “Name That Scat.” Hint: these animals sometimes deposit their scat in the middle of trails, along ridgelines, and near kills. #wildlife #santamonicamountains #funfacts #everybodypoops #namethatscat

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Many of you have been asking when will your favorite trails re-open. It's a legitimate question and, unfortunately, it's not one that we can answer yet. Our first and foremost concern is your safety and since the Woolsey Fire, the hazards have increased a hundred-fold. This wildfire had an enormous impact on the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (NRA), which contains over 500 miles of hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking trails. The Backbone Trail links major park lands in the mountains, and extends 67 miles through the NRA. Roughly 30 miles of the Backbone Trail and many miles of other trails were burned over, along with support facilities at trailheads such as toilets, barrier fencing, and informational signs. Along with trails themselves, the fire burned wooden bridges, steps and drain bars in several locations, a major trail retaining wall in Newton Canyon, and three major bridges in the upper Trancas and Zuma Canyons. But the most widespread fire-related damage to trails is the rockfall and rock/soil debris that will continue to fall onto trails long after the fire occurred. In other front country locations, burned recreational facilities include toilets, picnic tables, and amphitheater seating. There's no other way to put it: this was a devastating fire. We ask for your patience as we work to rebuild, refortify and reconstruct our beautiful park. #santamonicamountains #woolseyfire #trails #hiking #safety

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We're really sad to report some more bad news, no thanks to the Woolsey Fire. 😢 We recently discovered the remains of P-64, known as the "Culvert Cat," an approximately four-year-old male mountain lion who survived the devastating fire, but died a few weeks later. His cause of death is not known, but his paws were visibly burned. When the fire first broke out on the afternoon of November 8, 2018, P-64 was in the Simi Hills, north of Oak Park. He continued to travel throughout the Simi Hills for the next few days, covering several miles before then hunkering down in a remote area. Our biologist located P-64 on November 26 with a telemetry device in an unburned portion of the Simi Hills. This boosted hopes that P-64 may have been on a kill and surviving. The last GPS point transmitted by the collar was on November 28, but the collars commonly go multiple days without connecting to the satellites and transmitting points. Our biologist hiked in to the location of the last GPS point on December 3 and found P-64’s remains nearby. He appeared to have been dead for a few days. During his short life, the "Culvert Cat" made a name for himself by using the storm drain at Liberty Canyon multiple times and during our nine months of tracking him, he crossed the 101 and 118 Freeways more than 40 times! The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a necropsy. For more information on The Culvert Cat, please visit his Puma Profile (link in bio). #santamonicamountains #puma #mountainlion #cougar #culvertcat #woolseyfire

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At least two plant species have been spotted sprouting amidst the charred ash of the Santa Monica Mountains - that’s both good and bad. The good news is that Our Lord’s Candle (Hesperoyucca whipplei), a native yucca known for its dramatic appearance and painful knife-like leaves, is making its presence known all around the Santa Monica Mountains. 😃 In this pic, John Tiszler, a supervisory NPS plant biologist who has worked at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for 22 years, is excitedly documenting his find. But here's the bad news. Similarly flourishing is Giant Cane (Arundo donax), known as one of the worst invasive species globally. This obnoxious, pernicious invasive plant has strong ecological impacts and is tough to kill because it has a very deep underground structure. 😠 To get added to our plant restoration volunteer list, please email joseph_algiers@nps.gov. In other news, ‪Paramount Ranch‬, Cheeseboro & Palo Comado Canyon, Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa and the ‪Santa Monica Mountains‬ ‪Visitor Center‬ @ ‪King Gillette Ranch‬ are currently open to the public. 😊 ALL OTHER NPS TRAILS AND PARKS REMAIN CLOSED. #santamonicamountains #plants #ourlordscandle #yucca #biology #biologist #hesperoyuccawhipplei #giantcane #arundodonax #native #invasive #ecology #woolseyfire

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Even in darkness, there is light. Admittedly, that's corny but we're trying to stay positive here! 😊 As you probably know, 88% of federal lands and 47% of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area were impacted by the Woolsey Fire. So even amid the devastation of the recent wildfires, in the charred rubble and blackened moonscape, the burned oaks and scarred shrubs, we are looking for small rays of hope. Thankfully, we're finding some! A sprout struggling to come up from beneath the ash, deer foraging for food, sunlight peaking through the clouds above a still-beautiful mountain. Hey, just like this photo of Inspiration Point that was taken from the Circle X contact station! To sign up for our monthly events newsletter, go to http://eepurl.com/bW8oT1. Keep in mind that events posted on the calendar are subject to change if parks and trails do not re-open in time for the scheduled event. Please check with the event organizers listed. #santamonicamountains #inspirationpoint #circlex #mishemokwa #woolseyfire #mountains #landscape #wildfire #calendar #clouds

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Due to an incoming storm, National Park Service trails and parking areas will close at 6:00 pm TODAY‬, Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa will remain open to the public. The ‪visitor center‬ at ‪King Gillette Ranch‬ will remain closed until further notice due to impacts from the Woolsey Fire. The park will announce an anticipated opening time after park staff can assess trail and facility conditions for potential safety hazards. Incoming rain can lead to an increase in safety hazards, for example, triggering hazard trees to fall, rockslides and mudslides. Drive with caution! For more information, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/samo. #santamonicamountains #rainstorm #safety #storm #trail