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🌿 May 22 is International Day for Biological Diversity! 🌿

California, home to an astonishing variety of plants, animals and other organisms, is a global biodiversity hotspot. Conserving this rich biological diversity requires creativity and collaboration. In 2018, the California Biodiversity Initiative was launched to secure the future of our … Continue reading

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Farmers and Central Valley water district work to provide monarch butterfly habitat

By Patricia Bohls, CDFA Biodiversity Coordinator Monarch butterflies and their host plant, milkweeds, have historically been prevalent throughout California. In recent decades the monarch population has significantly declined, and the population is now a fraction of its size compared to … Continue reading

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International Biodiversity Day — bird boxes provide big benefits to farmers

Today is International Biodiversity Day, as designated by the United Nations, and CDFA is recognizing the day with this video about bird boxes and their value in vineyards as well as other farms and ranches. Read about the commitment to … Continue reading

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Promoting Biodiversity: CDFA scientists at Biodiversity Museum Day

UC Davis’ annual Biodiversity Museum Day earlier this month provided an excellent opportunity for CDFA’s Plant Pest Diagnostics Lab to show off some of its most prized posessions: the California State Collection of Arthropods. Dr. Martin Hauser, Dr. Peter Kerr … Continue reading

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