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Fire in Sequoia NP --Photographer: USGS
FRIDAY JUL 26 2013
When people hear about "climate change impacts", they often only hear discussions about direct impacts, such as rising sea level or heat wav ...more
Sooty shearwater photo by Josh Adams. --Photographer: Josh Adams, USGS
FRIDAY SEP 30 2011
Globe trekkers and backpackers would be envious of sooty shearwaters (Puffinus griseus). These seabirds make annual trips to California from dista ...more
Least Bell's Vireo nesting with a White-eyed Vireo, documented May 2010 --Photographer: Courtesy of Lisa D. Allen
Researchers from the USGS Western Ecological Research Center have reported a rare case of two songbird species cross-breeding in San Diego County -- a ...more
Western Pond Turtle (Emys marmorata) --Photographer: Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo
MONDAY AUG 22 2011
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this post listed the San Diego Zoo partnering department as the Institute of Conservation Research. This is incor ...more
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