A small snail found only in a few small hills in the Mojave Desert has launched a public dispute, as mining interests and wildlife advocates spar over whether the species should be granted federal protection.
A tiny Mojave Desert snail that lives under rocks on mountain slopes is threatened by a new Kern County gold mine, according to a group urging emergency protection for the snail under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).
For the eighth consecutive year, a general store in the far north of the state is sponsoring a contest that awards prizes for hunters who shoot the most coyotes. This year's contest is a little different, though: organizers are trying to keep opponents from finding out about it.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to protect a vanishing California songbird by listing it under the Endangered Species Act, but a national bird protection group says that doesn't go far enough.
California's Central Valley is a bad place to be a frog, according to a study published Monday: frogs living in the Valley's remaining wetlands are more likely to have stunted, missing, or extra limbs than their counterparts in most other parts of the country.
California's third-largest county is a lot shorter on dark skies than it used to be, but it does still offer a number of places where you can get away from the lights and see the Universe, including one of the best in Southern California.
With two California condors found dead in firefighters' "dip tanks" west of Tehachapi in the past month, condor experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working with the Kern County Fire Department to see if there's any way to prevent future mortalities.
If you've spent time at night in the Kern County portion of the California Desert in the last few years, you've seen them: that ever-multiplying galaxy of bright red warning beacons atop wind turbines.
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