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July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature
Our District consists of a modern force of certified, trained technicians that now execute a county-wide mosquito control program. Presently, the District uses state-of-the-art, environmentally-sound techniques combined with biological control agents that specifically target mosquito control. Environmentally sound techniques, reliable and efficient services, as well as programs to combat emerging diseases while preserving or enhancing our environment, are the critical elements in the success of the District for over 70 years.
May 26, 2011 by Juliet Grable
U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials extended to June 10 the deadline for accepting public comments on a controversial proposal to eradicate nonnative house mice on the Southeast Farallon Islands. Opponents cite concerns that the poisons will endanger a range of wildlife on or near the islands, while proponents say the project will help threatened seabirds and the island ecosystem.
May 11, 2011 by Juliet Grable
Now extended through June 10, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comment on a plan to use rodenticides to eradicate non-native house mice from the South Farallon Islands. Officials say the mice threaten nesting seabirds, but critics charge that the effort could actually endanger birds on the island.
January 01, 2008 by Kathleen M. Wong
Ask most people to name the most important species of our grassland habitats, and they’ll probably pick coyotes, golden eagles, or even rattlesnakes. But experts say that the strongest contender of all is the animal eaten by all those other ones: the lowly California ground squirrel, a true keystone of local grasslands. Belowground, the squirrels’ lengthy burrows harbor insects, snakes, owls, and even frogs and salamanders that couldn’t live in such a dry landscape without the squirrels’ help. And above-ground, they’ve evolved some unusual defenses that allow them to thrive, even as they feed so many others.