Wildlife: Invertebrates, Reptiles, Amphibians

To some, species such as nudibranchs, sweat bees, tarantulas, and red-legged frogs are lumped into the great wide world of creepy-crawlies. But these underfoot and underwater animals can be surprisingly interesting, albeit sometimes obscure. The sense of wonder and curiosity that these species spark is a reminder of wildlife’s inherent value, no matter the size or number of legs.

Latest from Wildlife: Invertebrates, Reptiles, Amphibians

Restoring Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

December 02, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge has been shaped by industry and development leaving its three endemic and endangered species clinging to their habitat. But in a recent partnership between the Port of Stockton and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, dredged sand from the San Joaquin River will be offloaded at the refuge to aid with large-scale dune restoration.

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Who’s Suffering, Who’s Not as Drought Stretches On

November 18, 2013 by Eric Simons

As drought stretches on in California, local plants and animals are falling back on their evolutionarily honed behaviors for outlasting the dry.

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For Bee Researchers, a Real-Life Night of the Flying Dead

October 31, 2013 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

San Francisco State researcher John Hafernik noticed bees acting like zombies a few years ago. Now he's traced the "zombee" infestation to its source: a mind-controlling parasitic fly.

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Jumping Spiders March to a Unique Beat

October 31, 2013 by Sean Greene

Some of the area’s most amazing spiders are the ones you’re most likely to miss. With colorful appendages and a big pair of striking frontal eyes, the diminutive Habronattus genus of jumping spider might be one of the cutest, and most surprising, of Western arachnids.

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Tales of a Recovered Arachnophobe

October 23, 2013 by Paul Epstein

Gwen Heistand hasn’t always loved spiders: In fact, she used to be deathly afraid of them! As resident biologist at ...

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Why Does the Pacific Leatherback Turtle Migrate to Californian Waters to Feed?

October 23, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Ever wondered why the Pacific leatherback turtle migrates from Indonesian waters to the California coast to feed on jellyfish?

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From Indonesia to California – Protecting Pacific Leatherback Turtles

October 13, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Did you know the Pacific leatherback turtle is California's official marine reptile? Nesting in Indonesia then migrating to Californian waters to feast on jellyfish, this elusive species is a truly global traveler. But with threats both in the Pacific and on their nesting beaches, the leatherback turtle may not be around for that much longer.

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Fracking the land of the kit fox, and its fellow desert natives

August 21, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

What's in store for the desert species who've come to rely on an undeveloped landscape now threatened by a California oil boom?

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Biologists remove disease-spreading invasive frogs from Golden Gate Park

July 22, 2013 by Jackson Mauze

The "bubonic plague" of amphibian diseases is being carried by an invasive frog that's turned up in Golden Gate Park.

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In condor country comes a California oil boom

July 18, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

California could be on the verge of a major oil boom centered a stone's throw from the Bay Area. What does that mean for the landscape and the wildlife that call that place home?

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