The ebb and flow of L.A. River wildlife caught on camera

ATWATER VILLAGE — Biologists with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County have been studying the wildlife that lives and travels along the L.A. River near Atwater Village. Part of their project included setting up trail cameras in the river bed to capture images of the animals using the channel, according to KPCC. A time-lapsed video shows the comings-and-goings of different animals as the water level rises and falls.

Biologist Miguel Ordeñana told KPCC:

“When the habitat changes to a waterway, animals that would be able to walk across are excluded from that area, and animals that are comfortable or amphibious are able to take advantage of that area …. And when the water is gone, it basically switches back to those more terrestrial species, which is really cool to see firsthand with these camera traps.”


  1. Any clue what the red-faced bird at 1:16 is? Looks like an aquatic turkey.

  2. More rats and mice than anything.

  3. Needs a soundtrack. I’m thinking maybe the Benny Hill theme.

  4. “shows the comings-and-goings of different animals . . .”(?). Looks like the same animals over and over. Rats, mice, a raccoon, and coyote. I don’t have to hide out in the river to see that..

  5. I love this! It’s like a Disney movie. I want to give them all names. The animal kingdom is alive and well in Atwater Village, folks!

  6. well, that would explain what happened to all those missing cats and small dogs.

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