Eco News

Hwy 280 Among CA's Worst for Wildlife Collisions

But an 8-foot fence could dramatically reduce deer-car collisions on one of California's deadliest stretches of highway, a study finds.

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!

From Santa Cruz to Solar City

Lyndon and Peter Rive, co-founders of Solar City, back in 2002.

Lyndon Rive, co-founder of SolarCity, sees business and technology as world-changing tools.

Get Outside on Black Friday!

Black Friday is so pre-2015. This Nov. 27, go outside! Photo courtesy Save The Redwoods.

On Friday, Nov. 27, Hilltromper's leading a hike at Henry Cowell and Save The Redwoods League will pay your entrance fee to a redwood state park near you. #OptOutside!

Be A Hilltromper Intern!

Calling all cub reporters! A Hilltromper internship is an extremely glamorous affair.

If you like playing in the outdoors, care about conservation and recreation and get a thrill out of writing something accurately and well, we want to hear from you.

The Great Land & Trail Campaign

The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County wants to build 45 miles of trail in the next five years. Paul Zaretsky photo.

The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County’s biggest fundraising campaign ever aims to raise $43 million to protect farmland and wildlife and build new trails.

The Great Box in the Sky

The radar tower in its current condition. © Copyright Basim Jaber - Almaden AFS Archives –

The Ohlone named it for hummingbirds, the Air Force built a radar station on its peak, and now MidPen is turning Mt. Ununhum into a park.

Google Trekker Shows the Way to Living Memorials

Amanda Krauss and Paul Davis study a Big Basin map before hitting the trail with Trekker. Hilltromper photo.

Sempervirens Fund maps 60 miles of hiking trails in Big Basin, enabling those who've dedicated redwood trees and groves to virtually visit the park.

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.