Eco News

Study Finds 11 Panther Chameleon Species

Panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis). Photo by Marc Staub / CC

A study published in the journal Molecular Ecology revealed the existence of 11 previously unknown Panther chameleon species.

Saratoga Outfitter to Retrace Shackleton's Trek

A Shackleton trek crossing South Georgia. Photo by Steve Thompson.

Cheesemans' Ecology Safari leads an expedition to ruggedly beautiful South Georgia Island and the final leg of Sir Ernest Shackleton's dramatic 1916 journey.

California Closer To Microbeads Ban

Photo by gentlemmanrook / <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode" target="_blank">CC</a>

The California State Assembly voted Friday in support of a tough ban on the grainy particles found in soaps and other personal care products.

Bill Would Allow E-Bikes on Bike Paths

California law currently categorizes e-bikes as motorized vehicles, making them technically illegal on bike paths.

A bill that would give e-bikes access to bike lanes and off-street paths is making its way through the California legislature.

Birds on the Neighborhood Watch

Dealing with threats takes a lot of avian energy. New research suggests birds send out warning calls about predators that are picked up by other species.  Photo by Bear Golden Retriever/CC.

New research shows that birds can set off a chain reaction of early-warning calls about predators that protect other birds and even mammals.

Willow Glen Trestle Gets The Axe

Willow Glen Trestle 2013. The site has since lost greenery seen in this picture. Photo by Don DeBold / <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licences/by/2.0/legalcode" target="_blank">CC</a>

The popular Los Gatos Creek Trail will link cyclists and pedestrians to the Three Rivers Trail, and the rest of downtown San Jose, via a pre-fabricated steel bridge following a vote by the city council to demolish the Willow Glen trestle.

California Salmon Get A 'Fish Lift'

Chinook salmon are disappearing in large numbers due to the drought. Photo by Zureks / CC

Drivers are set to give California salmon truck rides up and down the West Coast as the drought makes the fish's traditional river migration impossible.

Crystal Geyser To Pump Siskiyou Groundwater

A view of the Sacramento River. Photo by Steve Cluberson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Pumping for mass amounts of Crystal Geyser water draws concern and criticism as California enters its fourth year of drought.

New Territory for Russian Ridge

POST and Midpen staff perform the official ribbon-cutting before the guided hike. Hannah Moore photo.

The new Ancient Oaks trail extension at Russian Ridge OSP connects a previously isolated entrance point to the rest of the preserve.

Blue Whales Not Adapted To Avoid Ships, Study Finds

A blue whale off of Morro Bay, CA. Photo by David Slater / <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode" target="_blank">CC</a>

New research finds that blue whales aren’t compelled to move out of the way of passing ships.

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