Young Salmon on the Rise

Salmon spawning in California‚Äôs Central Valley appear to be getting younger. We have previously reported on the prevalence of early-maturing Chinook salmon males, which are called jacks. Read More…

Salty Soils: Can California Recover?

Finding fresh water in California, with its unsteady climate and uneven distribution of rainfall, is known to be a challenge. But what to do with that water Read More…

Tuolumne River Takes Center Stage

The Tuolumne River was recently in the spotlight at the 2nd Annual Tuolumne River Film and Culture Festival in Atherton, California. The festival helped to raise awareness Read More…

On the Pacific Flyway

One of the joys of working outdoors in the Central Valley of California is witnessing the biannual migration of waterfowl. Our location is both a rest stop Read More…

Intent stare

This largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) photographed in the lower reach of a Central Valley tributary was drawn close for the picture by dangling the camera wrist-strap in Read More…

Dragonflybio!

We recently photographed this female California darner "dragonfly" Rhionaeschna californica on an Equisetum stem, a common in wetlands plant. California has over 70 species of dragonflies representing Read More…

Geeks rule

One study on coho salmon found that 75% of jacks passed on their genes, whereas only 58% of older, larger males were successful at reproducing. During mating, Read More…