Coastal Prairie blog is a project of author, artist, and conservation biologist Laura Cunningham, along with guest collaborators. She wrote and illustrated the historical ecology book, A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California (Heyday: 2010). She is California Director at Western Watersheds Project, a conservation nonprofit which seeks to conserve and restore native ecosystems, watersheds, and wildlife in the West. The views in this blog are her own.

Photo: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times