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San Francisco feral cat policy criticized for helping cats but harming birds

By Alison Hawkes

San Francisco’s primary method of dealing with a feral cat population is known as TNR — trap, neuter, and release. The strategy has its strong proponents, especially among the animal welfare crowd who believe it to be the most humane method of dealing with the stray felines that inhabit parking lots and parks. But some...
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Central Valley agriculture proves important to wildlife

By Victoria Schlesinger

Scientists have found that waterbirds are thriving in Central Valley rice fields and are working with farmers to further encourage the co-habitation. Working with environmentalists and providing a home for wildlife, the rice growers can more easily defend their large use of water in a state where the precious resource is increasingly scare. [Read...
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Is ocean desalination a good idea for California?

By Alison Hawkes

Is ocean-water desalination a good way to solve California’s impending water crisis? Conservationists are pushing back on the idea, saying that technology is harmful to the environment because it can entrap wildlife and create byproducts heavily concentrated with salt and chemicals that would be dumped back into the ocean. Desalination also uses a lot...
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Pika could be first species protected in CA as result of climate change

By Alison Hawkes

California wildlife officials are considering whether a tiny rabbit-like resident of the high Sierras should get endangered species protection. Numbers of American pika have been dropping as a result of shrinking habitat. Their protection would mark the first time a species is listed under the state’s endangered species act because of the effects of...
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