California is in the midst of its most severe drought in recorded history. Scientists are seizing the opportunity to better understand how a drought of this scale impacts ecological communities, while others are searching this drought for the fingerprints of climate change. Could California's drought be the new normal?
Counting is fundamental to our understanding of the world around us. But when it comes to counting the endangered California clapper rail, our counts can lie to us. A story about weird birds, hardy biologists, and the difficult methods we employ to move past what our eyes and ears tell us and see something like the truth.