Stories from the Golden State
A high-tech reboot has the power to stop unsustainable longline fishing—and preserve the Pacific Ocean for future generations.
After a close brush with extinction, the endangered Santa Cruz Island fox is back from the brink.
As cannabis cultivation reaches new highs, The Nature Conservancy is acting to protect the state’s natural resources.
Take a peek at our salmon cam, and watch fall Chinook salmon make their epic return home to CA's Shasta Big Springs Ranch.
Take a look at how we're collaborating with cities to protect and restore natural systems for the benefit of people and nature.
In the Garcia River Forest we've restored more than 30 miles of streams and implemented new, cost-effective salmon habitat restoration techniques in a challenging economic environment.
It’s the 50th anniversary of "Silent Spring," Rachel Carson's book that catalyzed the ban on DDT. So what does that have to do with bald eagles? Read on to find out!
What makes the best summer vacations? Rivers. Swimming, fishing, napping on a shady riverbank—there’s no better summer getaway. Check out our list of the most Uniquely California rivers and start exploring!
The Santa Cruz Island eaglets are all grown up and have left the nest. Take a look back on an amazing eagles season.
The Nature Conservancy worked with the Gaumer family to protect their 8,455-acre ranch, which enhances a 15-mile conservation corridor from the Sacramento River to the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Lassen National Forest.
California Conservation Question of the Month: What species’ larvae must attach to a host fish as part of the mating process: mussels, salmon, dragonflies or crayfish?
What does Los Angeles’ inner city have in common with a rugged island off the southern California coast? A group of young people who are dedicated to making the world a better and greener place.
Check out our cool new approach to restoring salmon habitat and helping in this iconic species’ fight for survival.
Nature lovers can now explore a portion of the Conservancy’s Ramona Grasslands Preserve — one of Southern California’s last remaining stretches of grasslands — thanks to a newly opened public trail here.
Springtime affords birders ample opportunities to watch thousands of birds as they migrate across the Golden State. Learn a few simple actions you can take that will help you protect and enjoy the birds that pass through your own back yard.
Renowned author T.C. Boyle’s latest novel is set in a place near and dear to the Conservancy — Santa Cruz Island. Learn more about what inspired Boyle to use the island as a backdrop to his story, which explores the difficult choices we must take to protect nature.
Meet Steve Fitz, a veteran Half Moon Bay fisherman who has cast away more traditional trawling techniques for a more environmentally friendly fishing method—Scottish seine fishing. Learn about Steve’s innovative partnership with the Conservancy and how it will benefit the entire West Coast groundfish industry.
Learn what the Conservancy is doing to protect our diminishing freshwater mussel populations — a vital species to the overall health of our freshwater systems.
Majestic Independence Lake and its surrounding Sierra wilderness will remain protected from development.
Hidden throughout the county are some spectacular natural attractions that few people know about. Check out our list of the top five of these hidden gems, and go explore!
These incredible little creatures are actually helping the Conservancy make big conservation decisions and plan for the impacts of climate change.
What do you get when you combine a box, a stick, a string and a peanut? A simple yet ingenious way to help protect the rare island scrub-jay from West Nile virus.
The Conservancy has been a dedicated partner in helping to create, protect and support these spectacular natural playgrounds for decades.
Our changing climate is disrupting nature’s perfect balance and threatens the very resources which sustain us all. Learn what the Conservancy is doing to help fight climate change.
Learn how southern California mountain lions are helping Conservancy scientists protect the wildlife corridors these wide-ranging animals need to survive.
Spring has sprung, and some of California’s iconic species are on the move again. Check out our top five must-see migrations, and catch a glimpse of these spectacular events.
Thanks to everyone who voted, our ROV has been christened. Find out the winning name, and watch a video of the ROV in action!
California’s leaders passed the most comprehensive water package the state has seen in more than 30 years.
Together with fishermen, The Nature Conservancy is working to find sustainable ways to fish in order to protect nature and preserve California’s maritime heritage.
Learn how the Conservancy and partners helped to bring the Santa Cruz Island fox back from the brink of extinction.
With salmon populations dwindling in the West, the Conservancy has been fighting to protect some of the best spawning habitats in California — the creeks of the Lassen Foothills.
The Nature Conservancy has protected the 4,543-acre Shasta Big Springs Ranch in Siskiyou County, California — one of the last strongholds for endangered coho in California.
What happened to the Santa Cruz Island eaglets? Read a Q&A with a wildlife biologist to learn more about the 2009 nesting season for bald eagle parents K-26 and K-10.
The Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta is an ecosystem on the verge of collapse. Learn about the Delta and what we're doing to protect it.
Here we answer some of the key questions about why the Delta is important and what we need to do to protect it.
Take a trek to the Carrizo Plain for spectacular winter birding in a dramatic landscape. And if you can’t make the drive, take a tour through our slideshow!
Conservancy ecologist Jennifer Carah spotted juvenile endangered coho salmon in the Pardaloe Creek of the Garcia River watershed — the first sighting here and a significant distance upstream from where the salmon have previously been seen.
Each year, thousands of sandhill cranes return to the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta — many of them to land that has been preserved by the Conservancy.
Day after day of 110 degree temperatures. Heat radiates up from the sand by early morning. To the human eye, there appears to be no shade, no haven from the sun’s brutal rays. How does anything survive out here?
The Nature Conservancy has accomplished its goal of protecting at least 4,000 acres of the Ramona Grasslands, one of southern California’s last remaining stretches of native grasslands.
The Conservancy has protected the 28,359-acre San Felipe Ranch through a conservation easement. The ranch — located between two county parks and one state park — is the missing link in a corridor of protected lands that stretches 70 miles.