Eco News

Santa Cruz Mission SHP Turns 25

Completed portion of the tile mosaic mural at Santa Cruz Mission SHP.

The Mission Adobe celebrates 25 years as a California state park with a mosaic mural installation and the Mission Project Showcase.

Watershed Walk: Bonny Doon Ecological Preserve

Botanist Valerie Hailey leads a walk through Bonny Doon Ecological Preserve on May 7.

Join the Watershed Walkers on May 7 for a look at Bonny Doon Ecological Preserve eight years after the Martin Fire and after a long-anticipated rainy season.

Bud Colligan: Trail-Only The Way to Go

Rendering of bike and pedestrian trail on portion of corridor near 41st Avenue. Image courtesy Bud Colligan.

In a guest commentary, the Santa Cruz-based venture capitalist explains why he thinks the Rail Trail should just be the Trail.

Catio Tour 2016

Everybody's safe and sound.

For just a few hundred dollars, you can keep your kitty out of the food chain. The Catio Tour, April 9 in Santa Cruz County, will give you some ideas about how.

Elfin Forest Walk at Henry Cowell

Meet State Parks Environmental Scientist Tim Hyland at the Elfin Forest Walk on April 9.

The Watershed Walks series sponsored by San Lorenzo Valley Water District is taking us to some pretty fabulous places in the coming months. On April 9, they'll visit an elfin forest.

Trail Nix?

Rail Trail corridor between Bay and the Wharf in Santa Cruz.

Rail Trail opponents want to scrap the future option for a train in Santa Cruz County. But Trail Now's efforts could stymie their beloved trail too.

Someone Please Help This Wall!

A mural contest to spruce up this retaining wall ends March 27.

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks is holding a mural design contest to spruce up the Mission Street wall at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Designs are due by 5pm on March 27.

The Old Cabin Classic Returns

Woodblock print by Campbell Steers

Registration opens March 21 for the first mountain bike race at Wilder Ranch State Park in over 20 years.

Turns Out, Male Elephant Seals Know Each Other's Voices

A male elephant seal rises and roars, telling other males to scat. Photo credit to Frank Schulenburg

Caroline Casey's recent research on Northern male elephant seals led to a neat discovery—males recognize each other's calls, leading them to play it safe during fights.

Fish Walk on the San Lorenzo

Aquatic Entomologist Barry Burt Shows the White Underbelly of the Female Steelhead Trout

Steelhead and coho play key roles in our coastal ecosystem. Learn all about them on a March 19 walk through Henry Cowell with Barry Burt of the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project.