The Bird School Project

An SLV Middle School student records his observations for Bird School.

How two college buddies from UC-Santa Cruz turned their passion for natural history into an outlet for middle school students to plug into the great outdoors.

The Budding Naturalist As Guide

Kelly McCandless, 15, signs copies of her field guide to the Arboretum on Sunday, May 17.

First-time author Kelly McCandless isn't like most 15-year-olds.

Murrelet Stars at Wings Over The Basin

Shy and small, the marbled murrelet lives most of its life at sea but nests in old-growth redwoods and Douglas firs.

The endangered seabird has found a friend in Big Basin.

Sequoia Audubon Trail

The wetlands that lie just inland from Pescadero State Beach are pretty easy on the eyes. Be careful, though—the stuff in the foreground is poison oak, and there's lots of it. Hilltromper photo.

Wander through marshes on this one-of-a-kind walk at Pescadero State Beach where nature is king.

Antonelli Pond

A path branches off from the main trail, opening up to a sweet view of Antonelli Pond on the Santa Cruz Westside.

Floatable, fishable, walkable, dog-friendly Westside fun.

Win A Chance to Go Birding with Sibley

To be entered in the drawing to see who gets to go, buy a copy of the brand new second edition of 'The Sibley Guide to Birds' at Bookshop Santa Cruz by the end of the day on April 1.

First River Forum Divided Over Paddling

Sticky notes on a poster depicting the Estuarine Reach of the river at the March 5 San Lorenzo River Community Forum. Similar meetings follow on March 24 and May 12.

The outlines of a debate over the future of the San Lorenzo River started forming at Wednesday's forum, with part of the crowd prioritizing habitat improvement and others emphasizing greater human engagement through recreation and commerce.

Message from The Chickadee

Chickadees are truth tellers in Indian mythology and knucklehead whisperers in modern California. Photo by Ingrid Taylar on Flickr.

"Der," thought I when the chickadee had finished. "The birds are thirsty!"

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.

Five Fingers Loop

The striking markings of the bufflehead are a common sight on Five Fingers Loop. Photo by Bill Bouton via Wikimedia.

1.5 miles; 1 hour; easy
An easy foray into a corner of the park favored by avian life.