Run, walk or ride whenever and wherever you would like November 1st to November 14th 2020 to raise money for wildlife research in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
After you click on REGISTER, you will select a level at which to participate. Once you've paid, you will be able to set up your own fundraising page with a personal link and text to donate keyword that you can to share with your friends and family. Get them involved and ask them to donate towards your efforts!
* * Please note that if you hike, bike, horseback ride or carry out any other physical activity linked to Run, Walk, Ride you do so at your own risk * *
No matter how you choose to participate, your efforts will be raising vital funds for this crucial work!
Why is this work so important?
Last month, the National Park Service shared that anticoagulant rodenticides killed a bobcat and a mountain lion in our region. B-372 is the first bobcat in 23 years of research to have died from directly ingesting these poisons. Although most bobcats die from illness or vehicular death, 90% of those tested after death are positive for compounds found in rat poison.
P-76 is the sixth collared mountain lion in the study to die of internal bleeding caused by anticoagulant rodenticides, and the third in the last two years. NPS researchers have documented anticoagulant rodenticide compounds in 26 out of 27 local mountain lions tested, including a three-month-old kitten.
Earlier this year, scientists also noticed that mountain lion P-81 has a kinked tail and and only one descended testicle. This represents the first potential physical manifestations of low genetic diversity within this small mountain lion population in our area. But the good news is that there has been a baby boom this summer with 13 new mountain lion kittens being born here.
How do we know this? Because the National Park Service research team has been studying mountain lions, bobcats, and other species in and around the Santa Monica Mountains for decades. As well as understanding the effects of rat poison on animals, this research has:
- Reintroduced Red-legged Frogs to the Santa Monica Mountains
- Helped us understand how coyotes survive and thrive in urban areas
- Shown that a wildlife crossing should be built over the 101 freeway at Liberty Canyon to sustain local wildlife species
Thanks to your donations, SAMO Fund has contributed $40k per year on average to this work. This money has bought satellite collars to track animals, genetic testing, remote cameras, vehicles, and other necessities to support the research. Your generosity has made this possible, but we need your help to keep this work going.