The California brown pelican was on the endangered species list in 1970, but the population rebounded, and the birds came off the list in 2009. A Stanford student artist commemorates the victory in sculpture.
Susan Middleton, wildlife photographer, snaps portraits of rare sea life to promote conservation efforts. When a bird died from consuming plastic shreds, she photographed the plastic to make an artistic point.
For decades, the Williamson Act kept taxes low for property owners who protected open land from development. Now, as state faces budget crunch, some landowners must farm or see tax rates nearly double.