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Santa Cruz SPCA provides a safe environment and resources for animals in the shelter while finding adoption nominees, advocating and educating individuals on animal care. By keeping animals healthy and happy, the organization aims to reduce the number of homeless animals.

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Eager Crowds Are Threatening a Bay Area Beach Ecosystem, Scientists Warn


Foragers at the beaches in Half Moon Bay might be damaging the area’s reef.

All This Rain Could Invite Mosquitoes Into Your Backyard


While temperatures aren’t warm enough for mosquitoes to run rampant, now’s the time to prevent breeding grounds.

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What is Audubon's Christmas Bird Count and How Do I Participate?

Find out what the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count is all about and learn how to participate in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Silicon Valley.

Image caption: California is considering an end to a program that gives tax credits for cow poop–based biofuels.
Climate Credits for Cow Manure: Program May End Soon

California grants climate credits for fuel made from cow manure, but there’s a paradox: The state’s program encourages collection of methane yet promotes natural gas.

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From Fossils To The Future

At 118 years old, The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is still evolving

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No Sanctuary

Animal Rescues Struggling with Climate Change It might be a hot August day outside, but Royal Oaks resident Helbard Alkhassadeh has been preparing for the end-of-year rains for the last several months. For the past nine years—and the last seven …

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The Horse Therapy Tales

For humans, a horse may be the greatest bio-feedback tool on earth In Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, a therapist uses a horse as the emotional barometer to get you to a moment when what you feel on the inside is what …

Vote on Your Favorite “Otter 841” Song

KSQD is holding a contest for the best song about our famous surfboard-biting, surfing sea otter, called 841 by scientists. She has sparked a wave of opinion about what should be done, if anything, about her behavior, sparking internet memes, …

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