Eco News

Troubling Pa Prints

Mountain lion cubs. Genetic diversity is becoming a problem among puma populations near urban centers.

Inbred pumas in SoCal highlight a problem that worries local ecologists.

Meet The San Lorenzo River Alliance

The San Lorenzo Paddle Day on Oct. 12, 2013 was a preview of the kind of waterway the newly announced San Lorenzo River Alliance hopes one day to see. Photo by Sierra Ryan.

A new coalition gets serious about reclaiming the river.

Operation Fungus Fair

Everyone got in on the mushroom-gathering act this year. Photo by Yevgeny Nyden.

How do you throw a mushroom fest in a dry year? With lots of help.

Coyotes: Some Fish With That Rabbit?

Coyotes have long been known to fish in streams and lakes. Beaches, not so much. USFWS photo.

Researchers have found that, unlike their ancestors, modern coyotes on the Central Coast are eating seafood.

Parched Like Never Before

Don't worry. This isn't a Santa Cruz County image ... yet. Photo by Jussarian/Creative Commons.

In case you haven't picked up on this, 2013 was the driest year on record in Santa Cruz County. And there's no rain in sight.

Pfeiffer Ridge Fire Journal

Dec. 16: C Kevin Smith scans the fires through a very smoky sky. Where the fire is next going is still very iffy. There have been multiple, very long chains of fire marching through Lower Pfeiffer. Trees exploding, propane tanks torching all night. Woof.

A stunning photo essay and diary about the recent devastation in Big Sur by Pfeiffer Ridge Resident Jeff Mallory.

A Revamp for Castle Rock

Plans for the new entrance area at Castle Rock State Park. It lies 800 feet northwest of the current park entrance. B

Hearings are set to begin on plans to spruce up a beloved Santa Cruz Mountains park once slated for closure.

Cemex Nat'l Monument Plans On Ice

No one's trying to turn the Cemex property into a national monument. Yet. Photo by William Matthias.

Amid timber partner's fears over changes wrought by national monument status, Cemex backers shelve designation plan.

Mountain Lion Crossing

An estimated 60 mountain lions die on California highways each year. Photo by cm0riss0n/Creative Commons.

An effort to keep pumas safe on Highway 17 is underway

Westside Pump Track Officially Open

Bike groms lined up to take a turn on the new Westside pump track at the official ribbon-cutting on Saturday. Hanae Armitage photo.

With a snip of the comically giant scissors needed at any official ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mayor Hilary Bryant declared Saturday, Nov. 23 Westside Pump Track Day in the city of Santa Cruz.