California Naturalist Program
Enjoying turkey leftovers? The domestic turkey comes from the eastern and southwestern United States and central/northern Mexico north. Wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) were introduced to California by the State Fish and Game Department in the 1970's. Now the Department worries that the successful spread of turkeys in many parts of the State may be impacting amphibian populations and competing with native ground birds. It is legal to hunt turkeys with a permit so hunters may be doing the frogs a favor.
Photo Credit CDFW https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/tag/wild-turkey/
Have you been working to address the threat of climate change? Tell us your story! UC California Naturalist is working with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research to help populate the new Climate Adaptation Clearinghouse by capturing authentic experiences of all Californians as they deal with a changing climate. Please share your story by December 8. View full details here.
UC Green Blog: Enjoy Nature but don't love it to death. A peer-reviewed summary of recreation impacts on wildlife by contributing author and CalNat Director Adina Merenlender.