The loss of oak woodlands to native conifer encroachment is a major conservation concern in California, resulting in associated losses of wildlife habitat, traditional uses, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services. These concerns – compounded by development pressures, evolving understanding of fire’s role in California landscapes, and health threats like sudden oak death – have drawn increasing attention in recent years, and oak woodland conservation and restoration efforts have gained momentum.
Things are looking up slightly for Californian wolves, making a handful of appearances within state lines after a 90-year absence. "Before Europeans arrived there were an estimated two million wolves ranging all across North America, "Amaroq Weiss tells Tom Wheeler, Program Coordinator at EPIC.
Much of Humboldt County's thirst is quenched by the Mad River. And, despite its relatively small size, the Mad River provides vital habitat for a surprising diversity of species. Fisheries Biologist Katherine Osborn shares this week's Sound Ecology audio postcard.