Eco News

Saving the Santa Cruz Long-Toed Salamander

Adult Santa Cruz Long-Toed Salamander, observed at Ellicott Slough. Photo credit to Matthew Slater and Pacific Southwest Region USFWS

In the winter of 2015, drought conditions made the outlook for the Santa Cruz Long-Toed Salamander breeding season bleak indeed—until dedicated Fish & Wildlife Service staffers intervened.

Donations Doubled for Wildlife Crossing

A male puma pictured near Highway 17 in August 2014. Pathways for Wildlife photo.

Donate $100 to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County's Wildlife Crossing campaign and help a mountain lion find a mate who isn't his cousin.

Elephant Seal Pup Rescue

Too young to swim, this female elephant seal pup washed up the beach near Waddell last week. Doug Ross photo.

A volunteer with the Marine Mammal Center rescues a helpless elephant seal pup stranded on the beach between a rock and a sharky place.

Migration Celebration at Sanctuary Center

Sooty shearwaters and a humpback whale at Lighthouse Point, from a work-in-progress by Doug Ross.

'Live print' with Doug Ross at Sanctuary Exploration Center on First Friday.

Be a Docent!

Barbara Cooksey loves being a docent and you will too! Photo by Diane Terry.

State Parks volunteer docent training starts soon. Pick a park and sign up to help make Santa Cruz area parks more welcoming, interesting and fun.

El Niño: Winners and Losers

Coyotes and other local wildlife will get fat this year thanks to El Niño. Photo by Franco Folini on Flickr.

The heavy rain and warm ocean provided by El Niño has put local wildlife into categories of winners and losers.

Is A New Species of Giant Salamander Living Under UCSC?

California Giant Salamander adult compared to a Slender Salamander. Photo credit to Gary Nafis

El Nino rains could aid research on the population of California giant salamanders—or their close, not fully formed relatives—found in the Porter Cave system under UC-Santa Cruz.

Every Ant in Its Place...Until They're Not.

We all know how it works. One ant starts the party and his buddies are close behind. Photo by Zainichi Gaikokujin.

Why do these tiny little insects make us mighty uncomfortable?

Northern Elephant Seals

 The clash of the titans resumes! Photo by Mike Baird

The clash of the titans resumes! Elephant seals return to Año Nuevo State Park every winter to battle, breed, and sunbathe!

Hot Pink Pioneers

Hopkin's Rose Nudibranch, common in Southern California, is moving north with the warming currents. Photo by Rebecca Johnson.

The warm waters of El Niño are helping hot pink sea slugs return to the Northern California coastline.