A shaded relief map of the Central Valley in California showing the location of Tulare Lake.

California’s Wet Winter Brought Back an Ancient Lake

Caitlin Dempsey

After an exceptionally wet California winter, the once-vanished Tulare Lake reemerges, reclaiming a portion of its historic expanse.

A blackbird feeding nestlings in a nest built on top of a rusty rake. A red wooden wall is in the background and a white downspout helps to support the nest.

Synanthropes at a Horse Stable in Northern California

Caitlin Dempsey

Synanthropes are wild animals that benefits from living near humans.

A blackbird sitting on the metal railing of a fence with a puffed chest.

Springtime Birds at a Horse Stable in Northern California

Caitlin Dempsey

Spring has sprung! A horse stable in Northern California is active with barn swallows, Acorn woodpeckers, and Brewer's blackbirds.

The beaver faces the camera. Its tail extends to the right and is cocked on its side, making the paddle-shape more visible.

Building It Back – Beaver Reintroductions Across the World

Katarina Samurović

Since the 1920s, beavers have been artificially re-introduced to many habitats across their former range.

A giant sequoia tree at Yosemite National Park's Mariposa Grove of Big Trees.

Geography of Giant Sequoias

Elizabeth Borneman

Giant sequoias are one of the longest lived tree species, with the oldest giant sequoia living an estimated 3,400 years.