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A club for birders in Santa Cruz County, which hosts walks and discussions about local and migrating birds in the area. The club publishes a bi-monthly newsletter and an excellent guide to local birding along with a spotter's list of local and migrating species.

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Officials Mark Highway 17 Wildlife Undercrossing Construction

A dangerous bend on Highway 17 in Los Gatos, dubbed Laurel Curve, is notoriously deadly for wildlife attempting to cross the busy throughway. But after a decade of prep, work has begun on a wildlife underpass for at-risk species, such as mountain lions.

(April 29, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
What to Do When You Find Juvenile Wildlife

Spring is here, which brings with it wildlife youngsters. Many people who come across young animals may think they are abandoned or injured. This is most often not the case.

(April 22, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report

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Tracking the Sounds of Blue Whales

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute study finds communication is key to the species’ survival

Image caption: From the coast to the mountains, Santa Cruz County’s landscape has given way to human development. But residents can make all parts of the region more hospitable to native species.
Backyard Ecology

Tips for creating wildlife-friendly habitat in Santa Clara County, no matter where you live.

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Rarities spotted in Christmas Bird Count

CENTRAL COAST—Dozens of volunteers counted 206 species of birds during the annual Christmas Bird Count, which despite its name took place on New Year's Day here in Monterey Bay and in locations throughout the U.S. The numbers will be fused …

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Work Begins on Hwy 17 Wildlife Undercrossing

The California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) has begun nighttime work on a wildlife undercrossing near Laurel Curve on Highway 17, which is expected to reduce traffic to one lane in the north and southbound directions. The work began Tuesday on …

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Anonymous donor gifts rescue horse to CASA Santa Cruz

AROMAS—In June of 2020, a horse named Rooster arrived at The BackStretch, a nonprofit ranch in Aromas that aims to provide a haven for abandoned, abused and neglected horses. The 16-year-old Quarter Horse had finally found his “forever home” after …

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Animal shelters deal with influx of rabbits, ‘pocket pets’

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Animal shelters across California are currently seeing an influx of rabbits and other “pocket pets” being surrendered and put up for adoption.  Erika Smart, program and development manager at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS), says that the …

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Dungeness Season Delays, Explained

Despite myriad obstacles, Dungeness crab remains one of the most valuable commercial fisheries in California. Here’s how it works.

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A Modern-Day Noah’s Ark

LA Times staff writer Louis Sahagun reports from the front lines of the battle to preserve California’s most endangered species.

Image caption: RCDs look after the land, whether it’s used for grazing, growing, or getting out into nature.
California Dirt

What do resource conservation districts protect? Pretty much everything that’s worth saving.

Image caption: Northern pintails and many other species of waterfowl depend on marshland in the Klamath Basin during migration.
Dying for Fresh Water

This year, an estimated 60,000 birds have been poisoned by botulism in one of the oldest waterfowl conservation reserves in the state.

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