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Healing burned paws with fish skin

In the wake of massive wildfires that burned through the Sonoma and Napa areas last fall, Deana Clifford had a bad feeling.

“I feel like we’re going to get a burned animal,” said Clifford, who is a senior wildlife veterinarian with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and an assistant clinical professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Woodland Tree Foundation awarded $8,900 ReLeaf grant

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Six Flags mourns loss of walrus calf

Six Flags mourns loss of walrus calf

VALLEJO - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom staff are mourning the loss of what would have been the first ever Pacific walrus calf born at the park and only the 12th to be born in a U.S. zoological facility.

There have been no more than 11 recorded walrus calves born over the past 80 years and only 17 individuals in U.S.

Sustainable chicken housing focus of new UC Davis study

Sustainable chicken housing focus of new UC Davis study

DAVIS - The University of California, Davis, and Michigan State University have received $6 million from the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply to support research on the sustainability of laying hen housing in the United States.

The first study of its kind, the three-year "CSES Laying Hen Housing Research Project" will explore the interactions and tradeoffs among food safety, worker safety, environmental impact, hen health and welfare, and food affordability aspects of three different housing systems. Information generated by the research is expected to help egg purchasers and producers make objective, science-based decisions as the egg industry evolves in response to consumer needs and desires.

The goal of the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply is to evaluate the viability of various laying hen housing systems.

Free Davis Wetlands tour March 5

Free Davis Wetlands tour March 5

DAVIS - The City of Davis Wetlands is open to the public for a monthly guided tour on Saturday March 5 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. These specially created wetlands use treated waste and storm water to create habitat for year round residents and migrating birds wintering in the Davis area.

Killdeer abound at the entrance to the Davis Wetlands, running in spurts under the solar panels. Their distinct call, kill-deer, can be heard repeatedly as they circle above on slender, rapidly-beating wings. These tawny shorebirds, slender members of the plover family, have two distinct, black breast bands and a red eye-ring.

Although many species of waterfowl are starting to return to their nesting areas in the north, a wide variety of ducks can still be seen at the Wetlands. Ruddy Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Canvasbacks, American Widgeons, Northern Pintails and Buffleheads were recently sighted.