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We will be bringing news and info about California's struggling wildlife to you. And we need your help building our project's backbone.

We're starting a new blog at KCET.org to bring you stories about California's wildlife, the threats they face, and the value they bring us. We’re calling it ReWild. We'll cover the people who are working to restore California's wildlife habitat and those who could be doing a better job accounting for their impacts on that wildlife as well.

The backbone of ReWild will be our Citizens' Guide to California Wildlife. The Guide will include a comprehensive database of threatened wildlife species in California, a guide to laws, agencies and organizations working on wildlife issues, and helpful answers to your questions about living with wildlife. Can you pick wildflowers legally? What do you do if a seal swims up to you while kayaking? Can you pour a new concrete driveway on your property in wildlife habitat? We'll give you a one-stop shop for all your wildlife information needs.

But gathering all that information and giving it to you in a way you can use takes money. In this campaign, we aim to raise the cash to put together the first version of the Citizens' Guide to California Wildlife and make it available to readers free of charge.

We need your help to pull this off, at whatever level you can afford. Thank you.

– Chris Clarke, for KCETLink’s ReWild

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There's a lot of different and conflicting information available on California's wildlife: state and federal and international groups each have their own take on what species face the biggest threats. It will take a lot of work to collate that information and make it accessible. Sometimes, as we've seen recently, entire federal agencies can close down and take their websites with them. That makes information hard to come by.

We'll address this inherent difficulty by publishing the ReWild Citizens' Guide to California Wildlife in increments, taking "small bites" that we can manage. For instance, rather than trying to compile all endangered species info from state, federal, international and NGO sources, we could do mammals first, and then birds, and then reptiles. Our information on wildlife laws could tackle Federal law first, then state, then international law. Each small bite would be valuable on its own, with that value growing as we add each new piece of the puzzle.

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