Could this be the end of California’s drift gillnet fishing?

The tide may be finally turning against the use of drift gillnets off California waters. WARNING: Disturbing images.


First Blue Heron Cam in California Set up at Stow Lake

April 18, 2014 by Autumn Sartain

A blue heron cam will be watching the majestic birds nest on Stow Lake this year to aid in research and public education.

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How Can You Tell If a Lichen Is Dead?

April 11, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Lichens by nature are mottled and brittle looking. So how do you know when they are dead?


Berkeley nixes plan to exterminate ground squirrels

March 28, 2014 by Golden Gate Birder

Water officials said they were concerned that ground squirrel tunnels were sending toxins into the San Francisco Bay.


All new Trailfinder

Check out our 424 parks and 367 trails — with more trails listed every week! Find trails and parks great for views, wildflowers, birding, kids, and more.

  • Taylor Mountain Loop

    This is a hike on a park that’s open to the public as of Feb. 23, 2013. On a sunny day

  • Ponderosa Trail

    Henry Coe State Park is huge. I was able to hike around the Northwest section of the park. I went

  • Brooks Falls Loop Trail

    Hike by Dave Carroll, originally published in the January 2008 issue of Bay Nature magazine
    Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola

  • Little Yosemite (Sunol Regional Wilderness)

    Hike by Matthew Bettelheim, originally published in the January 2007 issue of Bay Nature magazine

    Calling the Sunol Regional


A New Haven for the Leopard Shark

Leopard sharks are a shallow-water coastal species, with a range extending from southern Oregon to southern Baja California. They are the most abundant shark species in the San Francisco Bay.

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    Trailblazing with TRAC’s Bruce Beyaert

    April 10, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

    This year, the Trails for Richmond Action Committee (TRAC) is celebrating its 15th year as the leading advocacy group for ...

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