When wildfires blow up, and especially when more than one is raging at the same time, the calls go out to everybody with firefighting resources. It happens every year, more or less often depending on the weather. This year, though, our collective ability to fend off fiery Armageddon is hampered by a hoary beast that […]
Who knew? Downtown San Jose is booming with exotic wildlife. Earlier this month came news that beavers had returned to the Guadalupe River after a long absence. Now … an update on the falcons that are making their nest on top of San Jose’s City Hall. This week biologist Glenn Stewart rappelled over the top […]
Have you ever stood bewildered in the grocery aisle doing your socially conscious best to figure out which eggs come from chickens not in cages, which come from those with access to the outdoors and which were provided with HBO? Well, you know what we mean. We mention it because the film that took the […]
We’ve heard a lot over the last couple of years about all the money troubles the California state parks have been having—but not all state parks are starved for cash. Eight “off-highway vehicle parks” get a steady stream of gas-tax funds guaranteed by state law. These parks are a different breed from the rest. They’re even run by a separate division within the Department of Parks and Recreation. And in many ways, off-roaders struggle with Californians who have a very different idea of what a park should be.
by Deborah Svoboda Warbler might be back on the ground, but she is continuing her hunger strike and says this fight is not over. California Highway Patrol officers on Tuesday used cherry pickers to nab Warbler and other tree-sitters who were trying to block the construction of a Highway 101 bypass around the town of […]
by Deborah Svoboda After camping out in a ponderosa pine 71 feet above the ground for two months, ”Warbler” has not achieved her goal of blocking a Highway 101 bypass around the Mendocino County town of Willits. Now she is trying a hunger strike. On Thursday the 24-year-old, whose real name is Amanda Senseman, lowered […]
This month, new details have emerged about Gov. Jerry Brown’s $23 billion plan to build new plumbing in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. It could be the state’s largest water project in a generation, consisting of two massive, 40-foot-wide tunnels and thousands of acres of habitat restoration. On Wednesday, state water officials will release new studies […]
More than a million visitors visit Alcatraz every year, but a recent discovery has revealed another attraction that lives within the shadows of this historic prison. A recent search for rats on the island turned up millipedes glowing intensely white instead. UC Davis entomologists are hard at work determining whether the millipedes are a known […]
From her vantage point in a ponderosa pine, Amanda Senseman—better known as Warbler—can see for miles. Thursday morning she spotted something that made her angry: California Highway Patrol officers arresting folks who share her opposition to a Highway 101 bypass. Warbler said at least one of the protesters was chanting support for the tree sitter, […]
Governor Jerry Brown’s plan for two massive tunnels in the Delta is getting a lot of attention, but a different state agency is making the tough water decisions.