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Santa Barbara Oil Spill: What Will We Learn?

A month ago, KPPC journalist Sanden Totten joined me on the Ocean Conservation Society boat during one of our regular marine mammal surveys that my research team and I conduct off Southern California. He wanted to discuss and observe first hand the increasing presence of skin lesions and physical deformities that are plaguing common bottlenose…

Climate Hopelessness is a Work of Fiction

Fiction writer Jonathan Franzen’s latest essay for The New Yorker on the hopelessness of climate change opens with a complaint about new football stadium being built for the Minnesota Vikings. The stadium will be built with glass walls that pose a lethal hazard to the thousands of birds flying through the area. But instead of…

Rock Art Helps Reveal Elk May Have Roamed Los Angeles

What if Los Angeles’ largest native herbivore already went extinct and we had no idea? What if native people could set the record straight? Last year I was in the field  researching California’s native Chumash culture and rock art through the help of a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant. Not far from Los Angeles, nestled high in the…

Under the Desert Sun: Journey through the California Desert

iLCP Fellow Krista Schlyer captures the beauty of the California desert and the impact that energy development is having on the region. If there is a poster-child for the potential and already realized devastation energy development could bring to the wild desert, the tortoise is it. These hardy, desert-adapted creatures have suffered a 40-year decline due to human development of various sorts. They have lost 90 percent of their population despite being a protected species for most of that time.

Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day

Today is Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day! Today is a day to celebrate conservation achievements and to continue to work for real protections for these critically endangered sea turtles. Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day was declared by Governor Jerry Brown and signed into law two years ago. Turtle Island Restoration Network led the…

Pumas Trained to Run on Treadmill Help Explain Big Cat’s Ambush Strategy

From Liza Gross: The puma, the Western Hemisphere’s most widely distributed mammal, is rarely seen. But its stealth may explain how the cat manages the high-energy costs of its carnivore lifestyle, a new study based on teaching a puma to run on a treadmill shows. With video of mountain lion on treadmill.

The Sea Turtle and the Captain

Captain Robert Thomas was fishing for Chinook salmon in the San Francisco Bay. His charter sport fishing boat, the Salty Lady, was near Buoy 1, just outside of the Golden Gate Bridge when they accidentally foul-hooked an endangered Pacific green sea turtle. Thomas has been fishing these waters for decades and though he has seen…

Unusual Encounters: Sea Turtles Roaming Off Los Angeles

“Balloon straight ahead” one of my researchers tells the captain while leaning forward from the bow of our boat. We are so accustomed to find plastic debris during our dolphin surveys off Los Angeles, California, that a party balloon is the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind when we come across something round-shaped floating…

Watch: Surfing Goat and 5 Other Animals That Catch Waves

A surfing goat has inspired its own YouTube channel and children’s book, but it’s not the only pet that’s been trained to catch waves.

A Virtual Walk in the Woods, Courtesy of CBS and BioBlitz

Families across the United States got a glimpse of the world of BioBlitz this weekend as CBS Sunday Morning took viewers into this year’s exploration of San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

CA Farmers Find Unlikely Ally In Weathering Drought: A Major Utility Company

By Peyton Fleming Senior Communications Director, Ceres Joe Segura works for the electric and gas utility PG&E, but he sounds more like a farmer when you spend time with him. Driving around the drought-parched San Joaquin Valley here in California’s Central Valley, Segura winces as he describes groundwater wells “being sucked dry” and drives by…

Growing A Solution To California’s Groundwater Crisis

By Peyton Fleming Senior Communications Director, Ceres Three years before the California drought became a national crisis, national berry giant Driscoll’s, on the state’s Central Coast, knew it had a major problem with water. It was disappearing. As a result, water rights lawsuits had become commonplace, water rates were rising again and the precious liquid…

7 Weird Ways to Save Water

By Scott Lau Whether it’s in response to California’s recent drought, or just to be economical, here are seven weird ways young people, like me and my peers, are saving water today. Dirty clothes? Wash your laundry in large loads. Collect the grey water in a bucket And use the soapy water to mop up…

Sea Otter Moms Risk Lives to Raise Babies

The marine mammals burn through 133 percent of their body mass to raise a single pup, a new study says.

How to View Marine Mammals Responsibly

The waters off Southern California have been the platform for my field research on whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals for almost two decades.  Lately, however, something has changed in the occurrence of these animals in my ocean “backyard.” I have never seen such a diversity and abundance of cetaceans as in recent times. In…