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Watching Ferns in the Redwoods for Signs of Climate Change
by Deborah Zierten

The sword fern, one of the most common redwood forest plants, has become prominent in my life over the past few years. This is mostly due to the League’s Fern Watch project, which monitors the health of sword ferns throughout the redwood range. Even though these ferns are common, little is known about their ecology and how they respond to climatic change.

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Fern Watch volunteers at Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve.

Pleasant Surprises at Portola Redwoods State Park
by Patricia VanEyll

Whenever we decide to go hiking, we always do research to find out a bit about the park first. Just little things such as location, how long it will take us to get there, accessibility, and, of course, what the weather will be like. In doing so, we will often come across interesting facts such as trees of some notoriety, but our number one criterion is the variety of trails because it does no good to go to a park if there are no trails suitable for me to hike. For these reasons, Portola Redwoods State Park fit our criteria.

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Condor Chick Signals Hope for the Future
by Madeleine Turner

This summer proved to be momentous for the recovery of the California condor. Joe Burnett and Amy List, biologists at Ventana Wildlife Society, located the nest of two condors, #538 and #574, inside a hollowed-out coast redwood in Big Sur. Over the years Burnett watched these two birds, nicknamed Miracle and Nomad, as they fledged and grew up in the wild. Now, they’re raising their own chick — the first chick, since the 1980s, born to parents who were not raised in captivity.

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An endangered California condor keeps protective watch over its chick in a nesting cave. Photo: John Brandt/USFWS

My First Encounter with the Giants
by Aidan Conway

The fresh, salty air hung heavy as I wound my way south along the coastal highway with expansive vistas of the Pacific Ocean stretching across and meeting the blue sky infinitely far away. I’m on my way to see the giants I’d dreamed about since I was a kid. Could it be true? Entire cars driving through a tunnel in a tree trunk? No way.

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Aiden Conway visit the redwood forest for the first time.

A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity in the Sequoia
by Martin Martinez

On July 15-16, 2017, Latino Conservation Week was in full swing and we had the privilege to participate in visiting this beautiful national park with a group of city youth, young adults and youth leaders ranging from different backgrounds and ages from Los Angeles.

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Latino Conservation Week 2017. Photo courtesy of Hispanic Access Foundation

A Mountain Lions’ Perspective: Humans Are Terrifying
by Madeleine Turner

A few years ago, Justine Smith, a researcher with the Santa Cruz Puma Project, observed an interesting pattern; in human-populated areas, mountain lions killed more prey but spent less time feeding. Researchers weren’t sure why, but they suspected it had to do with lions’ fear of people.

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A glimpse of a mountain lion caught by wildlife cameras on the San Vicente property.

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