Coastal Crabs in Survival Mode Under Climate Change

A first of its kind study measures the combined impacts of ocean acidity and high temperatures on an intertidal organism.

Not Doomed (Yet): A Q&A With Extinction Experts Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly

November 24, 2014 by Eric Simons

Two biologists discuss Earth’s alarming extinction rate.


Meet Bay Nature’s 2015 Local Heroes

November 18, 2014 by Bay Nature Staff

Bay Nature Institute announces the three recipients of its 2015 “Local Hero” Awards.


A Conservationist’s Take on the Knowland Park Controversy

November 17, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The City of Oakland is about to make a major decision on the future of one of the Bay Area’s last remaining maritime chaparral communities.


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Check out our 424 parks and 374 trails — with more trails listed every week! Find trails and parks great for views, wildflowers, birding, kids, and more.

  • Heron’s Head Park

    A nice easy out-and-back, great for birds, kids, and leashed dogs. White-crowned sparrows go crazy in the bushes while, in winter, the Bay fills up with migratory waterbirds. The small restored marsh supports nesting American avocets and black oystercatchers, while whimbrels, grebes, terns, cormorants, and egrets are common.

  • Lands End Loop

    A morning outing to Lands End provides about as much wilderness as can be found in San Francisco; the beauty is so stunning, it’s easy to miss the ghosts. But walk a few minutes under the thick mantle of Monterey cypress and they’ll appear. Prop yourself against the crumbling walls of a concrete pillbox on […]

  • Roy’s Redwoods

    Tucked into West Marin's San Geronimo Valley, just a few hundred feet from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, you'll find a meadow circled by bay trees, madrones, and enormous old-growth redwoods–some of them 250 feet tall. This is Roy's Redwoods preserve, a 377-acre park that's been home to a ranch, a commune, and even Ewoks for […]

  • Little Yosemite (Sunol Regional Wilderness)

      Hike by Matthew Bettelheim, originally published in the January 2007 issue of Bay Nature magazine   Calling the Sunol Regional Wilderness's Little Yosemite area a scenic gorge is like calling Yosemite a pretty valley. This little gem, tucked away along a stretch of Alameda Creek, has been made accessible to the public by an […]


The Underappreciated Undertakers

When you’re eyeball to eyeball with a turkey vulture, you wonder how he perceives you. (My “he” is Vladimir, a 30-year-old male, permanent resident of WildCare in San Rafael.) You may think of William Leon Dawson, an early celebrant of California birds: “…when the buzzard sweeps low to bend upon you an inquiring eye, you […]

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    Young South Bay habitat hero engages kids in refuge conservation

    November 20, 2014 by Paul Epstein

    2014 Brower Youth Award winner Lynnea Shuck talks about her Junior Refuge Ranger program.

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