In wetter years, there's so much wildlife on the Carrizo Plain in San Luis Obispo County that observers sometimes call it "California's Serengeti." But a wildlife species that helps hold the whole ecosystem together is on the verge of blinking out of existence in this year's drought. If it goes, it could take the Carrizo Plain as we know it with it.
Four coastal wetlands in California will benefit from $3 million in grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that will go toward preserving and restoring wildlife habitat, USFWS announced Thursday. The grants will be added to another $2.3 million in matching funds from state and local governments, private land owners, and conservation groups.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rebuffed an attempt by a conservative organization to reduce protection of an Endangered shrub that survives in only five small populations near Los Osos in San Luis Obispo County.
Halfway between L.A. and San Francisco along Route 101, San Luis Obispo County sits in a dark spot between the two. Get away from the chain of small cities along the highway between Nipomo and Paso Robles, and you'll have a great chance of finding good stargazing almost anywhere. Here are seven examples.
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