Ocean Beach’s Sand Supply Dries Up, Leaving Plovers Squeezed

San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, already struggling with foot traffic and free-roaming domestic pets, faces a serious erosion problem.

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Ask The Naturalist: Why Would A Mountain Lion Attack That Child?

September 13, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

“I hear lion attacks are rare. Why would a mountain lion attack a child in the midst of a large group, as we’ve seen in the Santa Cruz Mountains last weekend?”

 

American Wilderness: Back to the Future in Vallejo

September 10, 2014 by Jonah Raskin

Environmental groups gathered in downtown Vallejo over the weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, to ponder the meaning of the word and to filter the concept through the lenses of California’s diverse communities.

 
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Ask the Naturalist: Wall-to-Wall Blue Jays?

September 05, 2014 by Ilana DeBare

A Berkeley reader asks why he’s seeing so many jays lately.

 
 
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Check out our 424 parks and 373 trails — with more trails listed every week! Find trails and parks great for views, wildflowers, birding, kids, and more.

  • 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 […]

  • Coyote Point Park to Redwood Shores

    This trip is a great way to experience the Bay Trail by bike along the shoreline of San Mateo, Foster City and Redwood City. Begin in the Eucalyptus groves of Coyote Point Park and follow a wide paved trail to Shoreline Park, across an award-winning bicycle/pedestrian bridge, around Seal Point Park for expansive views of […]

 
 

TBC3: Wrestling Climate Change to the Ground

It’s not “news” to Bay Nature readers that climate change is in the process of giving a serious thwack to living systems. But what’s less well understood is how plants and animals and the habitats they inhabit are moving—and being altered—in response to changing temperature and precipitation patterns.

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    Connecting with Whales in Monterey Bay

    September 11, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

    Spotting whales in Monterey Bay is at historic highs. Marine biologist Dorris Welch explains why.
     
 
 
 

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