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California Department of Fish and Wildlife

California’s unique plant biodiversity and the ecosystems upon which it depends are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. It is estimated that approximately 66 percent of California’s endemic plant species will experience decreases of up to 80 percent in the size of their ranges within the next 100 years

News Deeply

The state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is likely to result in fallowing thousands of acres of farmland. Local governments are just waking up to the big opportunities, and risks, in how that land gets reused.

National Geographic

The tropics are Earth’s life support system. Start there.

The New York Times

Retracing the steps of a century-old wildlife survey, ecologists find that birds are making remarkable adaptations to climate change.

LA Sanitation - Biodiversity Team

City Plants is interested in understanding how residents feel about trees in the City of Los Angeles. A survey has been developed to inform the UFMP framework and we invite you to take part.

News Deeply

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is home again to endangered California red-legged frogs, after a reintroduction effort. Success hinged on a handful of streams that are still clean enough to host the frogs, explains wildlife ecologist Katy Delaney.

News Deeply

Environmental and fisheries groups have often opposed water storage projects. But two proposed projects in California have earned their backing, and Rachel Zwillinger of Defenders of Wildlife and John McManus of the Golden Gate Salmon Association, explain why.

UCLA IoES

The southwestern willow flycatcher is facing serious environmental challenges.

When the migratory songbird was added to the endangered species list in 1995, it was mainly because of habitat loss caused by human development. It also gets bullied by another bird species, the brown-headed cowbird, which destroys its eggs and steals nests.

Now, according to a UCLA-led study, the willow flycatcher is facing another threat: climate change.

The Acorn

The American Dream typically involves a two-car garage and a sizable lawn for the kids to play on. The problem is, depending on where in America the dreamer lives, that lawn might not be feasible.

Union of Concerned Scientists

While overall precipitation levels will not change significantly in the next decades, the state has already entered a period of increased extreme precipitation events that will continue to present tremendous challenges to ensuring stable water supplies.