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There’s a New Bird Species in California, Sort Of

KQED Science | August 4, 2014 | 3 Comments

There’s a New Bird Species in California, Sort Of

When is a clapper rail not a clapper rail? Answer: when it's in California, as it turns out.

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New Way to Save Endangered Species: Make Predators Puke

KQED Science | July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Way to Save Endangered Species: Make Predators Puke

Marbled murrelets are rare seabirds that lay just one egg a year, and those eggs are a favorite food item for another bird: Steller’s jays. Scientists are hoping to trick the jays into avoiding the murrelet eggs using decoy eggs with a rude surprise inside.

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California to Protect Gray Wolves as Endangered Species

KQED Science | June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

California to Protect Gray Wolves as Endangered Species

Though there are no wild wolves in California, state officials, expecting them to get here eventually, voted to protect them.

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De-Extinction: Bay Area Researcher Hopes to Bring Back the Passenger Pigeon

KQED Science | April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

De-Extinction: Bay Area Researcher Hopes to Bring Back the Passenger Pigeon

Researchers are working to revive the passenger pigeon, once the most abundant bird in the world, and the woolly mammoth, which they say could slow down the melting of Arctic permafrost. It may be possible, but is it right to turn back the clock?

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Biologists’ Paradox: Killing and Collecting Rare Creatures to Prove They’re Not Extinct

KQED Science | April 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

Biologists’ Paradox: Killing and Collecting Rare Creatures to Prove They’re Not Extinct

A group of biologists asks their peers to start documenting newly discovered and "rediscovered" species by non-destructive techniques instead of killing a specimen to bring home.

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During Long, Dry Summer of Drought, Nobody Wins

KQED Science | April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

During Long, Dry Summer of Drought, Nobody Wins

Water managers are walking a tightrope this year, balancing three competing needs: how much water to deliver to people and agriculture, how much to provide for wildlife and how much to save for next year, in case it’s just as dry.

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Surprising New Research on Gray Whales Reveals Their Complex Relationships

KQED Science | March 28, 2014 | 3 Comments

Surprising New Research on Gray Whales Reveals Their Complex Relationships

Scientists continue to learn more about the complex relationships between Eastern and Western Pacific stocks of gray whales and fight to save the Western population as it teeters on the brink of extinction. Learn about the surprising discovery they have made using DNA and satellite tracking with naturalist Sharol Nelson-Embry.

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The Endangered Species Act Turns 40

KQED Science | December 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Endangered Species Act Turns 40

President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law in 1973, saying, "Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed." Opponents criticize it for punishing private landowners. Some supporters say it doesn't do enough to protect whole ecosystems.

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To Protect Wildlife, California Bans Hunting With Lead Bullets

KQED Science | October 11, 2013 | 3 Comments

To Protect Wildlife, California Bans Hunting With Lead Bullets

Governor Jerry Brown has approved the first statewide lead bullet ban for hunters, in the hope of helping endangered California condors.

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As World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens, California Looks to End Solar Wars

KQED Science | July 12, 2013 | 41 Comments

As World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens, California Looks to End Solar Wars

After controversy over a threatened species delayed several large solar projects, state officials are trying to broker an agreement between conservation groups and solar companies on a path forward for renewable energy.

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Controversial Solar Farm One Step Closer to Construction

KQED Science | June 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Controversial Solar Farm One Step Closer to Construction

The Panoche Valley Solar Farm cleared a hurdle this week. Environmental groups sued to stop the solar project, located near Hollister, but the suit was rejected.

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De-Extinction Debate: Should Extinct Species Be Revived?

KQED Science | June 5, 2013 | 5 Comments

De-Extinction Debate: Should Extinct Species Be Revived?

As conservation scientists struggle to stem the catastrophic loss of biodiversity, some synthetic biologists are working to bring extinct species back to life. Some believe it's the right thing to do to atone for driving species extinct. But many conservation biologists say it's far more important to save those still among us.

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