Come meet wildlife biologist Miguel Ordeñana in one of his workspaces, Griffith Park! We will start the day off with his personal recounting of the story behind P-22, the infamous LA mountain lion. We'll carry on with a moderate hike an stop to see one of the camera traps used in capturing mammal movement around Griffith Park. This hike entails a trek up Skyline Trail to loop back down Oak Canyon Trail (totaling ~5 miles) while learning about Miguel's career and how he got where he is today. Don't miss this opportunity if you are interested in wildlife conservation, in meeting a totally rad professional, or in learning about the history of Los Angeles. Fun & informative times will be had by all. Can't wait to see you there!
PEAK: Skyline Trail to Royce Canyon
SCENERY: Sweeping scenery over Los Angeles, including a viewing of a camera trap.
FUN FACT: P-22 is 7 years old!
FEATURED: Miguel Ordeñana
PROFESSION: Wildlife Biologist
LA Weekly: "Ordeñana, a wildlife biologist and citizen science coordinator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, looks at the conflicts that arise between humans and animals. As a student at USC, he did that on a study-abroad excursion in Kenya. As his career unfolded, he engaged in similar kinds of research, studying desert tortoises near Barstow, bobcats in Orange County and jaguars in Nicaragua
Miguel has worked on many projects that helped conserve animals ranging from bats, squirrels, and even jaguars in Nicaragua. He is currently working at the Natural History Museum in LA where he initiates many community events and has curated the P-22 exhibit.