Gary Bucciarelli

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With its complex geography and mild climate, California in general and Southern California in particular ranks as one of the 25 most important biodiversity and conservation hotspots on the planet. Nestled against the second largest urban area in the United States, the Santa Monica Mountains constitute a key component of this biological richness.

Preserve It

The Santa Monica Mountains is also a region with one of the highest concentrations of rare, threatened, and endangered species in the United States. It is comprised of 26 distinct natural communities with over 1,000 species of plants, 45 mammals, 400 birds, and 35 species of reptiles and amphibians. At least 50 of those species are threatened or endangered with extinction.

The La Kretz League: Science in Action

The most important goal of the La Kretz League is to work as a team to help protect, conserve, and preserve the precious biological resources that exist in California, with a local focus on the Santa Monica Mountains.

Find out how to help preserve it ›

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Become a member of the La Kretz League and help us continue to protect and preserve California’s biodiversity and unique ecosystems through research, education, and public programs.

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Gary Bucciarelli

Gary Bucciarelli
Public Outreach Coordinator

UCLA biologists lead springtime nature walk

UCLA biologists lead springtime nature walk

On Saturday, March 15, UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science League members and UCLA faculty and graduate students came together to experience an unforgettable day in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains.

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