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Beavers Used to Be Almost Everywhere in California

June 19, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Beavers used to live across most of California before they were trapped out of existence. But could they be a solution to drought and climate change?

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San Francisco Group Launches Pop-Up Gardens

June 06, 2014 by Autumn Sartain

There are pop-up kitchens, pop-up retail stores ... so why not pop-up gardens? One San Francisco group is taking over vacant lots until they are developed.

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What a Great Wildflower Year Looks Like in the Spring

June 03, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

Regular visitors to Mount Diablo are calling this spring one of the best wildflower years they've ever seen. Here's what that looked like in May in the Morgan Fire burn area.

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Santa Clara Water District Cuts Reservoir Releases to Local Creeks and Ponds

June 02, 2014 by Sabine Bergmann

Santa Clara Valley Water District officials say they are facing an “unprecedented shortage” of water this year, and as the ...

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Hidden Cameras Capture Stunning Photos of Wildlife in the Santa Cruz Mountains

May 27, 2014 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

What do mountain lions and other wildlife do when we're not looking? Georgia Stigall's hidden cameras show their remarkable world.

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A New Paradigm For Conservation: Consider the Countryside

May 27, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Conservation biologists are realizing that farmlands could play an important role in conservation.

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The Jumbo Squid Have Left California. Or Have They?

May 22, 2014 by Sean Greene

Humboldt Squid have moved into and out of California, sometimes for years at a time, for centuries. Now an El Niño approaches the Pacific Coast, and squid researchers are waiting.

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‘Slow Coast’ Will Stay Slow with Newly Protected Lands

May 21, 2014 by Elizabeth Devitt

For the first time in a century, the public will have access to two key sites along the Central Coast.

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The Last Oyster

May 20, 2014 by Sean Greene

The West Coast’s native Olympia oyster serves an important role as an ecosystem builder with its ability to filter the water. But owing to reasons that are still somewhat unclear, over the last few millennia native oysters have largely disappeared from the San Francisco Bay.

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Groundwater Depletion Could Lead to Earthquakes

May 15, 2014 by Katherine Bourzac

In a newly published paper, scientists link groundwater depletion in the Central Valley to geologic uplift and maybe even earthquakes.

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Peninsula Measure Would Get People onto More Public Lands

May 14, 2014 by Autumn Sartain

Election coverage: Almost half of Midpen's lands are closed to the public, but that could change if Peninsula voters approve funding for projects.

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What Follows a Fire? A Mount Diablo Botany Quiz

May 12, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

After a fire, botanists hustle out to burned areas to identify surviving and regenerating species. They’ve often got only a few leaves to go on, some from species that haven’t been seen for decades. So it’s tough. Want to test your skills against those of the botanists?

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Fire Followers Arrive, with Scientists Right Behind

May 09, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

An expert in rare plants, Heath Bartosh is especially interested in “fire followers,” plants whose seeds stay buried in the ground until heat or smoke stimulates germination. These annuals flourish for one to three years. And then they’re gone—until the next fire.

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The Inner Visions of Mark Kitchell

May 07, 2014 by Paul Epstein

“We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then ...

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