endangered species

Sea Otters

A sea otter nurses a pup. Photo by Mike Baird/Creative Commons.

The quintessential fuzzy-faced marine mammals, sea otters give humanity more than just a photographic souvenir. They’re like canaries in the proverbial coal mine—harbingers of ocean health.

Juniper Canyon Loop

Dramatic outcroppings and volcanic spires make the Juniper Canyon Trail at Pinnacles a visual feast. Photo by Miguel Vieira/Flickr.

4.3 miles; 2 to 3 hours; strenuous, with an elevation gain of 1200 feet
Pinnacles National Park

Marbled Murrelets And The Big Basin General Plan

A marbled murrelet chick in a nest. Photo by Peter Halasz/Creative Commons.

The good news for marbled murrelet watchers is that new development in Big Basin won't happen near the old growth forest. The bad news is they still don't think it goes far enough.

Pinnacles NP

Two hikers look up Condor Gulch Trail at Pinnacles National Park. Photo credit: Miguel Vieira/Creative Commons.

Dramatic volcanic spires and soaring California condors

Local Group Helps Win Endangered Species Battle

Island Night Lizard. Photo courtesy of US Navy.

Feb. 22, 2013—The island night lizard, listed as “threatened” on the Endangered Species List, is thriving for the first time in decades, thanks in part to the Santa Cruz-based group Island Conservation.