Eco News

Renowned Science Group Embraces Redwood Mojo

At the Wender Group Grove in June 2016. Scott Peden photo.

VIDEO: Using nature as inspiration, Stanford's Wender Group creates lifesaving compounds in the laboratory. A redwood grove in Castle Rock State Park stands as a powerful monument to their work.

Sykes Camp: Loved to Death?

Sykes Hot Springs is a popular place. Photo by Snickclunk on Flickr.

Crowds and trash in the Big Sur backcountry.

5 Reasons to Attend Tunnels & Trails Talk

Tunnels for mountain lions; trails for you and me. Photo by Bruce Dorman

This Wednesday, get the skinny on the best news about hiking and mountain biking trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains in years—and a game-changing development for local wildlife.

The Old Cabin Classic Returns

Woodblock print by Campbell Steers

Registration opens March 21 for the first mountain bike race at Wilder Ranch State Park in over 20 years.

Turns Out, Male Elephant Seals Know Each Other's Voices

A male elephant seal rises and roars, telling other males to scat. Photo credit to Frank Schulenburg

Caroline Casey's recent research on Northern male elephant seals led to a neat discovery—males recognize each other's calls, leading them to play it safe during fights.

Stop the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Hunt 

An Open Letter to Pres. Barack Obama

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.

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.

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.