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Wildfires and Wild Lives

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On October 12, the human death toll in California’s deadliest wildfire in 80 years rose to thirty-one, with many more still reported missing. The tragedy is overwhelming. Viewing images of my home state…

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- Oct 13, 2017
Studying Sea Otters at Elkhorn Slough

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I stood atop Yampah Hill with Kerstin Wasson, Research Coordinator for the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR). A large tidal creek wove through the marsh grass, its arms snaking…

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- Aug 06, 2017
The Remarkable Comeback of the Channel Islands Fox

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When I first set foot on Santa Cruz Island, I hadn’t yet heard the story of the island fox and its remarkable recovery. To be honest, I didn’t even know these foxes existed. The first time I saw one, I…

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- Jun 12, 2017
The Sanctity of Whales

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Around 1855, after first sealing in California and whaling in Magdalena Bay, Baja, Charles Scammon, a captain from Maine turned his attention to San Ignacio Bay. By 1859-60 the grays had been all but eliminated.…

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- Apr 08, 2013
Hippotherapy: Horses and the Human Condition

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To the plains Indians, horses stood for wealth and power. To ancient Arabian peoples, the horse was grace incarnate, born from the blowing of a southerly wind. Across millennia, horses have gifted their…

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- Sep 24, 2012
The Great Salmon Tour Project

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Salmon and trout are some of the most well-known fish species worldwide. They are in grocery stores and on menus, and there are entire outfitters built around giving anglers a great salmon fishing experience.…

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- Sep 17, 2012
Lead Poisoning Threatens Condor Population

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A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science has made a clear connection between lead poisoning in California Condors and the lead found in hunting ammunition. An article…

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- Jun 25, 2012