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Cool New Tool Brings Storytelling to Environmental Science

Cool New Tool Brings Storytelling to Environmental Science

Guides: Whether it's a story of how a wild animal struggles to make a living, or how humans envision their relationship to that animal, the environmental realm is full of narratives. Now, a new tool developed by two graduate instructors at Stanford University is literally putting those stories on the map.
Trash, Invasive Species Left Behind as Controversial Oyster Farm Closes

Trash, Invasive Species Left Behind as Controversial Oyster Farm Closes

Aquatic: Northern California environmental activists have a new question about a recently-shuttered oyster farm in a coastal wilderness: who's going to clean up the mess the operators seem to be leaving behind?
Invasive Species Week: The Water Hyacinth

Invasive Species Week: The Water Hyacinth

Invasive Species: This is a species that's certainly in the Top Ten Worst In California. Its effect on the landscape and native wildlife is truly frightening. And ironically, it's only here because people who love nature brought it into California.
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Invasive Species Week: The Wild Pig

Invasive Species Week: The Wild Pig

Invasive Species: Quite a few mammals have gone invasive after being introduced to California, some of them destructively so. And when it comes to just plain old damage to the landscape, it's hard to top the destructive power of California's population of introduced wild pigs.
Invasive Species Week: The Bullfrog

Invasive Species Week: The Bullfrog

Invasive Species: One of the most damaging invasive exotic species in California was first imported to the state to replace a native animal settlers had nearly eaten out of existence. And despite obvious evidence of the damage it causes to threatened Native wildlife, we still import millions of them into the state each year.
Invasive Species Week: The Argentine Ant

Invasive Species Week: The Argentine Ant

Invasive Species: For California Invasive Species Action Week (August 2-10), we're looking at a different problem species each weekday. Tuesday's topic: a species that's probably raiding your sugar bowl right now.
Invasive Species Week: The Blue Gum Eucalyptus

Invasive Species Week: The Blue Gum Eucalyptus

Invasive Species: We kick off our weeklong observance of California Invasive Species Action Week with a look at what's probably the best-known invasive exotic species in California: the blue gum eucalyptus.
Plan to Deal with Feral Pigs in San Diego County Approved

Plan to Deal with Feral Pigs in San Diego County Approved

Invasive Species: | Photo: Don McCullough/Flickr/Creative Commons License A program designed to control the population of wild pigs causing environmental damage by scrounging for food in San Diego's backcountry was unanimously approved this week by the county Board of Supervisors. According...
Citing Federal Inaction, Group Wants Lizard Protected By State

Citing Federal Inaction, Group Wants Lizard Protected By State

Reptiles: Environmentalists are now asking the state to protect a rare Southern California lizard under the state's Endangered Species Act.
5 Species You Might Have Mistakenly Thought Were California Natives

5 Species You Might Have Mistakenly Thought Were California Natives

Invasive Species: Did you know that all of these animals are exotics that were introduced to California? Some of the entries on this list may surprise you.
I Can Haz Birdburger? Groups Say No to Outdoor Cats, Urge Federal Solution

I Can Haz Birdburger? Groups Say No to Outdoor Cats, Urge Federal Solution

Invasive Species: The controversial issue of outdoor cats and their effect on wildlife just got a major boost in visibility. More than 200 wildlife protection groups, wildlife rehabilitation organizations, and university biology departments have signed a letter urging Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to remove colonies of feral cats from public lands.
Protection Sought for Rare Beach Plant Threatened by Off-Road Vehicles

Protection Sought for Rare Beach Plant Threatened by Off-Road Vehicles

Plants: An extremely rare, low-growing beach plant that survives in just a few sites in Oregon and the extreme north of California is being proposed by a number of environmental groups for protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Should Cats be Kept Indoors? New Videos Promote Controversial Message

Should Cats be Kept Indoors? New Videos Promote Controversial Message

Invasive Species: Two bird-protection groups are reaffirming their stand on one of the most polarizing contemporary wildlife issues: outdoor domestic cats. And they're doing so with video public service announcements that are about as unpolarizing as possible.
We Now Know a Bit More About What Makes California Native Turtles Sick

We Now Know a Bit More About What Makes California Native Turtles Sick

Reptiles: The western pond turtle, California's only native freshwater turtle, has been on the decline for decades, and biologists have been scrambling to find ways of making life better for the species. And a recent study fills in a scientific blank about the fetching reptile: we now know a bit more about what makes them sick. .
Rare Santa Barbara Wildflower Endangered, Say Feds

Rare Santa Barbara Wildflower Endangered, Say Feds

Plants: A showy yellow wildflower found in the Lompoc area may be getting Federal protection as a result of a legal settlement.
Scientists Find New Lizard Population in L.A. Neighborhood

Scientists Find New Lizard Population in L.A. Neighborhood

Reptiles: The fact that California holds undiscovered populations of wildlife is no surprise.
To Save Frogs, Park Service Plans to Use Pesticide in Sierra Nevada

To Save Frogs, Park Service Plans to Use Pesticide in Sierra Nevada

Amphibians: Now that the federal government shutdown is over and the National Park Service is getting back to work, the staff at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have extended public comment on a plan to eradicate invasive fish from high-elevation lakes in the Sierra Nevada.