Researchers find post-fire logging harms Spotted owls

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  • January 18, 2018
  • Wildlife ecologists studying the rare Spotted owl in the forests of California have discovered that large, intense wildfires are not responsible for the breeding territory extinction that has been reported recently. Instead, the researchers found that post-fire logging operations, which are common on both private and national forest lands, were in fact causing the declines […]

    New species of extremely leggy millipede discovered in a cave in California

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  • October 24, 2016
  • Along with many spiders, pseudoscorpions, and flies discovered and catalogued by the cave explorers, a tiny threadlike millipede was found in the unexplored dark marble caves in Sequoia National Park. The enigmatic millipede was sent to diplopodologists (scientists who specialize in the study of millipedes) Bill Shear and Paul Marek, who immediately recognized its significance […]

    A new scorpion from California reveals hidden biodiversity in the Golden State

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  • April 27, 2016
  • California is known for its high biological diversity. The state encompasses a wide variety of habitats, from temperate coastal scrub and cool redwood forests to high-elevation conifer forests and grasslands that are home to an equally diverse variety of plants and animals. Biologists have been intensively studying and characterizing the biodiversity of California for centuries. […]