Posts Categorized: California

Rim Fire, © Mike McMillan/USFS

Summer: A Season for Fun–and Fire »

Though small, frequent fires during wildfire season are usually good, large, uncharacteristic wildfires can be bad for native wildlife habitat. There are three major reasons that wildfires are such a problem right now.

oil in water, © Bill M. Campbell

Black Waters »

This most recent spill is yet another tragic example of why our nation’s aging infrastructure and dependence on an outdated fossil fuel-based economy simply cannot support a healthy, thriving environment for people or wildlife.

sandhill cranes, © USFWS/Paul Boyte

Where’s the Water for Wildlife? »

Acres of wetlands in California’s Central Valley have been starved of water, leaving migratory birds, salmon, and other species without adequate food and habitat, but the state and federal agencies charged with managing California’s water are forging ahead with an ill-conceived plan that could seal their doom.

San Joaquin kit foxes, © USFWS

At What Cost? »

Defenders of Wildlife has been working to promote “smart from the start” principles – carefully planned projects that keep wildlife in mind. The Panoche Solar Farm is the antithesis of this approach.