River Legends: The Irrawaddy River Dolphin

Legends tell of a goddess who lived in the Yangtze River in China. The goddess in these tales is really the Baiji (Lipotes vexillifer), a freshwater dolphin Read More…

Tule Elk: Part Tu

Conservation efforts helped bring California’s tule elk back from the brink of extinction, as we described in a previous blog post.  There are now an estimated 5,700 Read More…

Tale of the Tule Elk

We might not have reindeer in California, but we do have our share of large grazing ungulates. Historically, the Central Valley was home to massive groups of Read More…

Return of the River Otters

River otters really seem to know how to have fun. These sleek mammals are often in motion, whether slipping and sliding down a river bank, deftly gliding Read More…

Photo Friday: Oh Deer

It's not uncommon to see deer in the field, but spotting eight at once is a bit of a treat.  Our crew recently witnessed this herd of Read More…

River Rat Revival: Return of the Nutria?

What’s smaller than a beaver, but larger than a muskrat, and looks like a mix between the two? The answer is the nutria (Myocastor coypus), a water-loving Read More…

An Opossum Problem

When staff at our office in Oakdale arrived one morning to find a dead chicken in our coop, we wondered who the culprit could be. The mystery Read More…

A Safe Harbor

The Point Lobos State Natural Reserve along California’s central coast may have a rather threatening, “wolfish” name, but the area has become a prime safe haven for Read More…

Strange sightings

Recently, some local visitors stopped by our Oakdale office to let us know they had seen a deer near Yosemite National Park that did not look like Read More…