Exploring the flora and fauna
of the Golden State!
CALIFORNIA STATE FLOWER
Naturalist Michael Ellis tells all about California's state flower, the Poppy.
SIERRA SQUIRRELS & CHIPMUNKS
Naturalist Michael Ellis visits the spectacular high Sierra to show the difference between squirrels and chipmunks in the world capital of chipmunk diversity. High altitude cuteness alert!
MOJAVE DESERT PLANTS
Some think the desert is a wasteland. But naturalist Michael Ellis reveals how California's largest desert can be seen as a garden full of well-adapted plants.
BLACK TAILED DEER
Learn a little more about your California neighbor, the deer you see almost everywhere.
Explore the different kinds of Oak trees that find a home in California.
What is California's state tree? Trick Question! We have TWO state trees in the golden state. See how to tell which is which with naturalist Michael Ellis.
Giant Sequoia camera: Lou D'Aria.