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Braking for Beetles: When Recreation and Conservation Converge

Braking for Beetles: When Recreation and Conservation Converge

The endangered Ohlone tiger beetle, found only in Santa Cruz County, depends on disturbed landscapes to hunt and breed. Migrating woolly mammoths and more recently grazing elk helped maintain that habitat. Recreational trails might prove a good replacement–as long as mountain bikers follow rules to reduce beetle casualties.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Natural Bridges

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Natural Bridges

There's more to see at Natural Bridges State Beach than the temporary natural bridge. It's a monument to the cultural as well as the geological past.

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Producer's Notes: Science on the SPOT – Banana Slugs Unpeeled

Producer's Notes: Science on the SPOT – Banana Slugs Unpeeled

QUEST treks into the old growth redwood forest in search of the Pacific Banana Slug, Ariolomax dolichophallus.

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Tsunami Awareness at the Beach

Tsunami Awareness at the Beach

Central California will have good warning of big seismic tsunamis which aren't created nearby, but always keep your weather eye out.

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Science on the SPOT: Revisiting Albino Redwoods, Biological Mystery

Science on the SPOT: Revisiting Albino Redwoods, Biological Mystery

UC Santa Cruz plant biologists study rare albino redwood trees to better understand the inner workings of these unusual plants. By learning how albino plants survive, they may unlock some of the mysteries of how redwood trees live.

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Exploring the Natural Bridges State Beach Tidepools

Exploring the Natural Bridges State Beach Tidepools

The intertidal rocks at Natural Bridges State Beach are covered in life: sea stars, seaweeds, urchins, and crabs are just some of the area's intertidal inhabitants. Visit them in their tidepool homes down in Santa Cruz, California.

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Discuss the "California's Fire Future" Radio Report

Discuss the "California's Fire Future" Radio Report

Scientists predict we’ll be seeing hotter conditions and drier forests in the near future. The Summit Fire that's been burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains is likely a part of that trend. QUEST talks to Malcolm North with the U.S. Forest Service. He says any area that's burned before is vulnerable to burning again, including […]

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Exploring Natural Bridges State Beach

Exploring Natural Bridges State Beach

Between the ocean and the edge of Santa Cruz lies one of the largest monarch butterfly overwintering sites in the western United States. The park also hosts large coastal scrub meadows that in spring are filled with native wildflowers.

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