For Creatures of the Night, a Growing Threat in Artificial Light

July 19, 2022

In habitat restoration, the need for darkness is largely overlooked. But for some species, it is necessary for survival. ~~~

A few years after a public-private partnership established the Nature Reserve of Orange County to protect and restore southern California’s rare coastal sage scrub habitat, biologists documented the presence of 35 native reptiles and amphibians on the 37,000-acre site. They also noted two conspicuous absences: the California glossy snake and the long-nosed snake …

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