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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

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Today and everyday we are grateful and thankful for our growing California Naturalist community from certified naturalists, course offering partners, instructors, statewide partners, the program advisory council, UC Agriculture & Natural Resources, supporters, and beyond. Photo credit: Peter Stearns, Eel River in the fall

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Getting ready for Thanksgiving? Take a 3 minute natural history break and enjoy this wonderful video about the other turkey- the turkey vulture- filmed at The Hopland Research and Extension Center.

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Program Updates

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.

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Check out our new Partner Story Map: find a class or an organization near you! 

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. 

New California Agriculture article on CalNat Director Adina Merenlender: Building a new mode of extension for biodiversity conservation


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