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Jeff Ferland

Facebook Employees Rally Around Foxes—And Earn a Certified Wildlife Habitat!

6/18/2013 // By Beth Pratt

When strolling through the Menlo Park headquarters of the technological giant Facebook, one might expect to encounter packs of software engineers or herds of hackers, but a skulk of gray foxes? Perhaps sensing the “friendly” nature of Facebook’s business, a […] Read more >

The Santa Cruz mountain lion hides behind some brush as officials decide how to return him to the wild (Photo Courtesy Shmuel Thaler/ Santa Cruz Sentinel)

The Day the Mountain Lion Came to Santa Cruz

6/10/2013 // By Beth Pratt

As someone who avidly follows California wildlife issues, a tweet grabbed my attention one morning last month. SCPD preparing ATVs to try to force mountain lion out of downtown Santa Cruz aqueduct. #scsnews pic.twitter.com/ZgJdaWSdcD — Jason Hoppin (@scnewsdude) May 16, […] Read more >

Anna's hummingbird in Craig's backyard, photo by Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark’s List of Backyard Wildlife

5/27/2013 // By Beth Pratt

Like many other nonprofit and social media enthusiasts, I started following Craig Newmark on Facebook for his technological genius, witty commentary and dedication to philanthropy with craigconnects and other efforts. Yet in between his eclectic posts like a link to […] Read more >

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National Wildlife Federation celebrates Earth Day with donation for San Francisco Porpoises

4/18/2013 // By Beth Pratt

When I last reported on our new Return of the Porpoise to San Francisco Bay project, I had just finished running around San Francisco and the Bay Area impersonating a cetacean for our campaign video. I have to admit, dancing […] Read more >

Since January 2013, more than 1,100 California sea lion pups have beached themselves along the coast.  Photo:National Marine Mammal Foundation

California sea lion strandings alarm scientists

4/8/2013 // By Beth Pratt

California sea lions, a regular fixture alongside many areas of the Golden State’s 1,100 mile coastline, are known for their playful dog-like antics and social manner. Tourists from all over the globe visit Fisherman’s Wharf, Point Lobos, the Channel Islands […] Read more >

Yosemite's great gray owl population was recognized as a distinctive subspecies in 2010. (photo by Joe Medley)

Give a Hoot for Yosemite’s Great Gray Owl

3/22/2013 // By Beth Pratt

This year’s theme for National Wildlife Week, “Branching Out for Wildlife,” celebrates trees and their importance to wildlife and people. In California, we couldn’t think of a more remarkable—or more rare—tree dweller to feature than Yosemite’s great gray owls. Why […] Read more >

Sutro Sam, the first river otter in San Francisco in fifty years (photo by Mila Zinkova)

Sutro Sam: San Francisco’s Celebrity River Otter

3/3/2013 // By Beth Pratt

“There he is!” exclaimed an onlooker as the otter’s head peered above the water. The patient crowd gathered around Sutro Baths—the ruins of a 19th century public bathing pool on the Pacific Coast—had been awaiting the appearance of “Sutro Sam,” […] Read more >

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Victory for California’s Harbor Seals!

11/29/2012 // By Robyn Carmichael

Thanks to thousands of wildlife advocates like you, the Obama Administration and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar have granted full wilderness protection to Drakes Estero, the ecological heart of Point Reyes National Seashore in northern California–giving harbor seals the long overdue […] Read more >

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Saving a California Treasure

10/20/2012 // By Melissa Samet

If you’re anything like me, it wouldn’t take much to convince you that commercial oyster operations should be removed from the heart of a National Park as soon as possible—especially from an estuary that supports the largest breeding population of […] Read more >

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California Love: 40 Years of Clean Water Act Protections

10/16/2012 // By Robyn Fischer

This Thursday marks the 4oth Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which begs the question: what has the Clean Water Act done for your favorite waters—the very waters you swim in, you fish on, and/or you get your drinking water from? […] Read more >