CCRC Depredation Prevention Workshop

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

I would like to say a huge huge thank you to everyone who helped make the depredation prevention workshop possible yesterday!  In particular, I would like to thank my co-organizer, Lewis Reed, Grey Hayes and the CCRC Education and Outreach Committee, the Santa Lucia Conservancy, and all the speakers and panelists!  Everyone put a lot […]

Santa Cruz Pumas featured on BBC Science in Action podcast

Puma kill site near a home in Felton, CA

This week, we published a paper on puma behavioral responses to human development and how they relate to kill rates in the Santa Cruz Mountains. We found that females spend less time at their deer kills when they are close to people, and therefore kill deer more often to compensate. For more, listen to BBC’s […]

Collecting scat for conservation with the help of local volunteers

Bobcat scat containing feathers from a Steller's Jay.

Have you ever seen an animal scat on the ground and wondered who it belonged to? Perhaps you pictured a bobcat slinking down the trail just before you, marking its territory before continuing its travels? Or a pair of coyotes cruising around looking for their next meal? I certainly have! Leaving a scat is not […]

Chris’s Talk at the Rio

Chris discussing our first puma (photo by Mike Bolte).

For those of you who missed Chris’s sellout talk at the Rio, here is a great writeup about it in the Sentinel.  Chris gave an exciting talk about our work so far with over 600 people filling the auditorium!  We’d like to thank the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County for hosting him and making […]

Young Scientists Club and Wetland Stewards

The Wetland Stewards learning telemetry

We have had a great time over the last two weeks speaking with the future scientists and conservationists of Santa Cruz County. About one hundred students from the Young Scientists Club at Westlake Elementary joined us to chat about puma biology and how to live with pumas. Nine inspiring students from the Wetland Stewards group […]

A Fun Night of Talks


We had a fun night at the MAH on Friday! There were some great speakers, and a very large, enthusiastic crowd! Read more about the evening on the Hilltromper Santa Cruz blog!



Join us tomorrow night for a series of talks at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. This free event will explore the theme “Found in Santa Cruz.” There will be 9 speakers presenting 20 slides for 20 seconds per slide, including a short talk (6 min 40 sec to […]

Check out Cal Academy’s video featuring our project!

Join us for Science on Tap 6/26 8PM

Science on tap

Science on tap is a regular event that connects the Santa Cruz community with local scientists. This week, I’ll be talking about pumas and the puma project! Please come by for a fun slide show, discussion, and equipment demonstration on Wednesday June 26th 8PM at the Crepe Place! If your hands are clean and beer […]

Loch Lomond Puma Walk

puma track

Want to learn more, see our equipment, and ask questions in person? Join us for our annual Loch Lomond Puma Walk hosted by the San Lorenzo Valley Water District! This Saturday we will be leading a walk/talk at Loch Lomond Recreation Area at 10:30. Space is limited, so please contact for details. For more […]