Eco News

Fake Halloween Cobwebs Pose Real Threat to Birds

This Western screech owl didn't think it was so funny when it got tangled in fake cobwebs. Photo by Dave Stapp, Marin Humane Society.

It’s no trick to treat birds to a safe Halloween.

The Bats of Big Sur

A UC Santa Cruz researcher holds onto a Western Red Bat. Photo credit: Samantha Chavez

A few hours on a bat capture-and-release operation in Big Sur reveals new information about the flying mammals of UC’s Big Creek Reserve.

School District Switches to Solar

SolarCity helped the Woodland school district switch to solar in 2012. The Temecula School District announced last week that it is switching too.

by Eric Johnson

Welcome Back Monarchs Day 2015

A warm autumn sun shines on monarch butterflies overwintering at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz. Photo by Alpha Geek on Flickr.

The monarch butterflies are back once again to overwinter at Natural Bridges State Beach, and their loyal fans have planned a party.

National Monument on Capitol Hill

Rick Cooper of BLM welcomes a CCC crew made up of young veterans to a trail-building event at Coast Dairies on Saturday, Oct. 3. Photo courtesy Conservation Lands Foundation

Cotoni-Coast Dairies gets first Senate subcommittee hearing Thursday, Oct. 8

Life and Death in The Intertidal Zone

A healthy purple ochre sea star (Pisaster ochraceus). Photo courtesy Monica Moritsch

As the mysterious sea star wasting syndrome shows, life ebbs and flows in the tide pools around Santa Cruz.

Big Basin Founders' Day

Self-portrait of photographer-turned-activist A.P. Hill, who helped found the Sempervirens Club and save the last big trees in Big Basin.

Celebrate California's first state park and the start of the modern conservation movement this Saturday at Big Basin.

The Economics of Solar

SolarCity, which went public in 2012, is the largest and fastest-growing solar company in the world. Photo courtesy NASDAQ.

There’s a powerful force driving growth in the solar energy industry: affordability.

3rd Mole & Mariachi Festival

Six chefs will bring their best to the Mole & Mariachi Festival on Saturday, Sept. 19, so festivalgoers would be wise to eat a small breakfast. Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks photo.

Year Three is a charm as the popular Mole & Mariachi Festival adds more musical acts and home chefs to the party at the Santa Cruz Mission Adobe.

Water Supply Showcase Floats Solutions

Recycled water and temporary groundwater storage were among the attention-getting ideas at the Water Supply Showcase, hosted by the Santa Cruz Water Department.