Endangered Species and Habitats of Santa Cruz County and UCSC - after clicking on this link, select “Habitat Threats”, and then “UCSC Campus” to see a list of threats at UCSC. Click on “Declining Species” to see photos of, and get more information on some of the endangered species, including the Ohlone Tiger Beetle.
The California Mountain Lion – Information from the California Department of Fish and Game. On the run throughout California because of people encroaching on their habitat, and often killed unnecessarily by Police Departments who do not have access to tranquilizer guns, this beautiful apex predator is slowly being wiped out right in front of our eyes on TV.
Click here to see the “Number of Lions Killed under Authority of a Depredation Permit” issued by the California Department of Fish and Game. For some reason, the Department of Fish and Game only tracks how many Mountain Lions they allow to be killed, and does not provide information on how many there are, or how many are born each year.
Click here to see a partial list of things you can do to “Help prevent deadly conflicts with these beautiful wild animals”. For some reason, not expanding into the habitat of the California Mountain Lion is left off this list.
Click here for a few Photos of California Mountain Lions. Click here to see a Photo of a California Fish and Game Employee taken on May 16th, 2012 during a walk in UCSC Upper Campus forest. (This employee is a resident of Santa Clara County, and could not sign our petition, even if he wanted to.)
The California Giant Salamander - a native of Santa Cruz now endangered by desalination and UCSC expansion.
Save the Frogs Audio page - Two local interviews of note with Dr. Kerry Kriger, the founder of Save the Frogs, are the one’s called “UC Santa Cruz with Casey Coughlin” recorded April 10th, 2011 and the “Dr. Future Show on KSCO” recorded December 20th, 2011.
The Endangered California Red-Legged Frog - The California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii) is unfortunately ranked 4th in the list of America’s Top 10 Most Threatened Frogs! They are currently listed as Federally Threatened, and live in Antonelli Pond which is just across the street from one of the proposed sites for the desal plant. Here is a link to some nice frog artwork from the Save the Frogs Art Contest, and another to the Save the Frogs Poetry Competition.
Video Science Nation – Disappearing Frogs: Trying to Save the World’s Amphibians - Frogs in fight for their lives from disease, pollution, habitat loss. Disease, pollution, and loss of habitat are killing off hundreds of species of amphibians. One of the biggest threats right now is an aquatic fungus called chytrid that infects the skin of these historically tough, resilient creatures.
Milestones in the Extirpation of San Lorenzo River Coho Salmon – Chapter 1, Part 1 - An historical documentary about the local extinction of coho salmon from this Central California coastal watershed. Prepared, in part, to fulfill the requirements of History 25, Cabrillo College (History of Monterey Bay, professor Sandy Lydon).