Looking north along the beach and cliffs at Kehoe Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore. Read about the the geology of Kehoe in "A Trip Through Time On the Pacific Plate," in the July-September issue of Bay Nature. | Photo by Najib Joe Hakim

Nature News

After Decades Away, Western Pond Turtles Come Home to Mountain Lake

Biologists released western pond turtles into Mountain Lake, marking another big step in the San Francisco lake’s comeback.

When It Rains, It Pours: Historic Drought and Atmospheric Rivers

Current climate change research suggests California’s weather could become even more variable than in the past, a “new normal” of drier dry periods punctuated by wetter winter storms.

What Could You Do With 13 Acres of Brand-New Parkland In San Francisco’s Presidio?

By sinking Doyle Drive into a tunnel, the Presidio has created an additional 13 acres of open space. Now the question is how to use it — and the Presidio Trust wants the public to help decide.

First Person: Watching the Weather with Daniel Swain

Climate scientist Daniel Swain runs the California Weather Blog, a must-read for weather nerds. He’s most famous, though, for something he did almost as an afterthought: He’s the one who gave the name “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” to the pattern that’s being blamed for our three years of drought.

Richardson Bay Sea Otter, First in San Francisco Bay Since 2011, Dies

A young sea otter that had spent the last several weeks living in Richardson Bay died over the weekend.

Killer Plant Pathogen Is Widespread at SFPUC’s Alameda County and Peninsula Restoration Sites

Phytophthora tentaculata, a new and particularly pernicious strain of dangerous plant pathogens that has been on a federal watch list, was found throughout one of the SFPUC’s restoration sites in central Alameda County.


July-September 2015

- Conservation in Action -
New Strains Breaking the Mold

by Alison Hawkes

Coming Soon...

- On the Trail -
A Trip Through Time on the Pacific Plate

by Doris Sloan

- Signs of the Season -

by Carolyn Longstreth