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Headquartered in California, House Rabbit Society is an international rabbit rescue organization with more than 8,000 members around the world. The society provides information on rabbits and finds homes for abandoned companion animals.

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Scientists: Ocean Salmon Outlook Is Poor


At a March 1 meeting, state and federal fishery scientists presented the numbers of spawning salmon returning to California’s rivers late in 2022 and projected one of the lowest forecasts since 2008.

Q&A: Researcher Chris Wilmers on the Hwy 17 Animal Crossing


UCSC professor Chris Wilmers, who researches mountain lions living in the Santa Cruz Mountains, helped the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County develop the wildlife crossing. He shares his thoughts on how to protect mountain lions from encroaching development.

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Image caption: The snow-lined South Fork of the American River on March 3, 2023.
Too Much, Too Early

When warm storms melt snowpack early, reservoir managers must release water to prevent flooding—which sends this precious resource into the ocean.

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Land Trust Raises $21 Million

The Nature Connection Campaign funds will go to building an animal crossing and land protection

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Glass repair and kitten rescue couple reflect on natural disaster life ahead of personal milestone

Jeannette Kornher, owner of Kitten Kornher Rescue in Boulder Creek, carted her cats from home—like Hootenanny—to shelter at her storefront along Highway 9 with the others—such as Grayson the shop cat. “I just brought them up here to keep them …

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Explaining California in 2022: Our 10 Best Explainers of the Year

2022 was a year that needed a lot of explaining. And California Local was there. Here are our 10 most important explanatory journalism stories from the year gone by, from immigration to cryptocurrency to wealth inequality and more.

Image caption: The winter solstice brings king tides, mating elephant seals and other natural wonders.
Exploring Wintertide

We asked the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History to throw a spotlight on the most intriguing natural phenomena during the darkest time of the year.

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A massive citizen science project is currently underway to count California’s monarch butterflies.

Pam Marino here, writing after taking a brisk morning walk to see the overwintering monarchs at the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Mornings are the best time to see the clusters of butterflies in the trees, huddled together against the…

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Red-footed booby makes rare appearance in Santa Cruz

Note: Reporter Erin Malsbury contributed to this report. After hearing about the arrival of an extremely rare tropical bird in Santa Cruz last week, I immediately texted an out-of-state birder friend. “I’m so jealous I want to vomit,” they replied. …

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Kitten Kornher Rescue

By Jennifer Mount What do kittens, glass, and handmade soap have in common? They share the same address in a prominent storefront on the corner of Highway 9 and Forest Street in downtown Boulder Creek where you are greeted by …

Image caption: Dogs and cats will no longer be subject to cruel toxicity testing in California, under a new law.
California’s New Slate of Animal Welfare Laws

New laws banning toxicity testing on dogs and cats, and making rental housing more pet friendly are among a slate of new animal welfare legislation signed by Gov. Newsom in September.

Image caption: Though the Santa Cruz Mountains are known for redwoods and other evergreens, deciduous trees bring color to autumn hikes.
Splendor in the Leaves

We asked the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History to share a few of their favorite things about autumn in the Monterey Bay region.

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