The recovery of the nearly extinct tule elk has become a dilemma for the park service, ranchers, and environmentalists at Point Reyes. Read more in the October-December issue of Bay Nature. | Photo by Daniel Dietrich,
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First Person
Phyllis Faber: Bold Ideas, Enduring Legacy

Veteran environmental activist, writer, editor, publisher, educator, and coastal wetlands scientist Phyllis Faber has made countless contributions to the Bay Area environmental movement.

Conservation in Action
Come on a Safari With Me

Plant safaris aim to produce the first-ever complete catalog of the more than 950 plant species botanists believe grow on 18,000 acres of Mount Tamalpais

Ask the Naturalist: Is That Butterfly Supposed To Be Here Now?

A San Francisco reader wonders about the bright orange-red butterfly he recently spotted in his backyard.

‘Unprecedented’ Toxin Spread That Delayed Crab Season Shines Light on Mysterious Algae

Marine ecologists have long been alarmed at the potentially dangerous summertime growth of the single-celled algae Pseudo-nitzschia — but there are still significant blind spots in our knowledge and research funding has been scarce.

On the Trail
A Midpeninsula Open Space for the Ages: Among the Ancient Oaks on Russian Ridge

Perched atop the windward western side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Russian Ridge offers spellbinding views and a grove of monumental, centuries-old oaks.

Signs of the Season
A Festival of Cranes

Riding the autumn winds, the sandhill cranes are returning to the California Delta.