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  • October 29, 2020
    Good News for Stephens' kangaroo rat
    by Wayne Spencer, Ph.D. (0 Comments)
    The US Fish and Wildlife Service recently reclassified the Stephens’ kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi, or SKR) from the direst classification under the Endangered Species Act of Endangered to the lesser category of Threatened. Although one might think that an organization called the Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) might lament such a decision or charge that it is political, our kangaroo rat ...
  • August 28, 2020
    What a Season
    by Gwynne Corrigan, M.S. (0 Comments)
    The air in my apartment is sluggish and still; the electricity cut out hours ago and won’t return for many more. The windows and doors sealed, guarding our lungs from the toxic air outside, which swirls with particulates from the various wildfires raging across much of California’s Bay Area. I live in Santa Clara County, which not only has a ...
  • July 29, 2020
    Patricia Gordon-Reedy Retires
    by Gwynne Corrigan, M.S. (0 Comments)
    *This piece was a collaborative effort between CBI and SDMMP, with coordination by CBI and main text prepared by SDMMP. Few people have contributed more to plant conservation in San Diego County than Patricia Gordon-Reedy. A native Californian, she has been a quiet and respected leader in the San Diego environmental community for over 30 years. We are honored to ...
  • June 24, 2020
    Fisher Conservation in the Sierra Nevada
    by Craig Thompson, Ph.D. (0 Comments)
    Back in the late 1970s, Dr. Reg Barrett at the University of California Berkeley told the US Forest Service that their biggest looming conservation problem in the Sierra Nevada was going to be a large weasel called the fisher. Dr. Barrett saw the fisher's dependence on large, old trees and dense canopy forest as a source of conflict with ...
  • May 27, 2020
    Coyote Valley: A last chance landscape
    by Gwynne Corrigan, M.S. (0 Comments)
    Coyote Valley endures as one of the last flat, undeveloped landscapes remaining in Santa Clara County, California. Located within one of the world’s top 25 most essential biodiversity hotspots (the California Floristic Province), Coyote Valley resides on the south side of San Jose, California, nested between the Santa Cruz and Diablo Mountain Ranges.    In addition to providing recreation, flood ...
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