Tracking L.A.’s Urban Wildlife: An evening with Environmental Studies alumn Miguel Ordeñana

Part of Trojan Family Weekend and the Environmental Studies 30th Anniversary celebration
October 5, 2023, 5:30PM, The Forum (TCC 450), Ronald Tutor Campus Center, USC University Park Campus (3607 Trousdale Pkwy., Los Angeles, CA)
Miguel Ordeñana, wearing a light green polo shirt, stands in front of a natural history exhibit memorializing the mountain lion known as P-22

illustration of a red-and-blue goby overlaid with the text "ENST 30"Join the Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability and the Environmental Studies Program for a very special evening with alumn Miguel Ordeñana ’05, community science senior manager and wildlife biologist at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA). Miguel will share his adventures tracking the urban wildlife of Los Angeles, including the late P-22. The event will include time for Q&A with the audience. Note: This event requires registration separate from your general registration for Trojan Family Weekend.

Boxed dinners and drinks will be provided.

About Miguel Ordeñana

Miguel Ordeñana is an environmental educator and wildlife biologist. As a community science senior manager for NHMLA, Miguel promotes and creates community science projects, and recruits and trains participants. He also conducts urban mammal research in L.A. and leads NHMLA’s Southern California Squirrel Survey and Backyard Bat Survey. A board member for the Friends of Griffith Park and the National Wildlife Federation, Miguel initiated the Nicaraguan Paso Pacifica jaguar project, for which he still serves as an advisor. He also designed and placed the camera trap that first captured P-22, L.A.’s best-known wild mountain lion. Miguel is dedicated to equity in science and access to nature, with a goal of increasing the representation and retention of underrepresented communities within environmental fields. He holds a B.A. in environmental studies from USC and an M.S. in ecology from the University of California, Davis.