April 07, 2021

Rename roads after dead mountain lions. Maybe then drivers will care.

I would like to propose that a portion of one Los Angeles-area freeway be renamed for the mountain lions lost to vehicle strikes on our roadways. It might help motorists realize that they share these great landscapes with other beings that deserve to live unimpeded by humans in a hurry.

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-04-07/mountain-lions-killed-on-roads?_amp=true

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February 19, 2021

Wildlife & road: Stop, swerve, or keep going?

As America’s roadways expand, humans continue to cross paths with the natural landscape and its animal inhabitants. The overlap between humanity and the wild is inevitable, especially as construction grows and animal populations fall victim to modern expansion.

https://www.bankrate.com/insurance/car/wildlife-and-road-safety/amp/

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February 17, 2021

Letters: Protect newts.

As a herpetologist, I’m deeply troubled by Santa Clara County’s failure to fix the massive newt roadkill problem on Alma Bridge Road. Community scientists have revealed that more than 5,000 Pacific newts were killed there in 2019-2020 by cars and bikes.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/02/17/letters-266/

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January 23, 2021

How creating wildlife crossings can help reindeer, bears – and even crabs.

Sweden’s announcement this week that it is to build a series of animal bridges is the latest in global efforts to help wildlife navigate busy roads.

https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/23/how-wildlife-crossings-are-helping-reindeer-bears-and-even-crabs-aoe

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October 31, 2020

Underground Wildlife Crossing Dispute Renewed.

Two Gaviota Groups Appeal to Coastal Commission over Caltrans Project.

https://www.independent.com/2020/10/31/underground-wildlife-crossing-dispute-renewed/

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October 22, 2020

New salamander law means Castroville/Highway 156 interchange can now move forward..

Highway 156 is a crucial thoroughfare for thousands of commuters, travelers and commercial trucks each day between the Monterey Peninsula and Highway 101, but the corridor is also crucial to a species on its own commute, the endangered Santa Cruz long-toed salamander. For years, any improvements to 156 – including a new and safer interchange at Castroville Boulevard – have been stalled as humans tried to figure out how to accommodate both highway and habitat.

http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/news/local_news/new-salamander-law-means-castroville-highway-156-interchange-can-now-move-forward/article_f8aac4b4-13d8-11eb-8f4d-2fe8c71292ec.amp.html

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October 15, 2020

September 21, 2020

Watch out for Wildlife Week Educates Drivers about Increased Animal-Vehicle Collision Risk.

This is the time of year that deer, elk, bears and other animals are typically on the move for migration, mating or foraging – but wildlife has 3 million fewer acres of forest to call home due to numerous fires around the state. It’s even more likely that displaced animals will be using or crossing roads and coming near traffic.

https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2020/09/21/watch-out-for-wildlife-week-educates-drivers-about-increased-animal-vehicle-collision-risk/amp/

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August 25, 2020

California Biodiversity Day 2020 - USFWS National Wildlife Refuges

Celebrate California Biodiversity Day 2020 at a National Wildlife Refuge. Visit a National Wildlife Refuge in California from September 5-13 and record any animals or plants you observe using the iNaturalist app.

Founded by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 and administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Refuge System is a diverse network of lands and waters dedicated to conserving America’s rich fish and wildlife heritage. Within California, 40 refuges across the state provide habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunties for people. To locate a refuge near you, go to https://www.fws.gov/refuges/visit/.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, this is a self-led bioblitz. Although most refuge and hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

Review our state-by-state update page and check local refuge and hatchery conditions before
visiting
Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
Wear a cloth face mask/covering over the nose and mouth, especially when social distancing is
difficult
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/california-biodiversity-day-2020-usfws-national-wildlife-refuges

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November 28, 2019

‘Truly astounding’: inside the Farallon Islands’ battle against a plague of mice.

With more than a thousand mice per acre, an ecosystem is under threat. But poison could make things even worse.

https://amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/28/truly-astounding-inside-the-farallon-islands-battle-against-a-plague-of-mice

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