In An Unusual Year for Upwelling, Research Cruise Keeps an Eye on Marine Sanctuaries’ Rich Life

For the past decade, the Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies expedition has monitored the ocean waters just west of the Bay Area. Recently, researchers took the boat in search of krill, the base of California’s marine life.

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Ask the Naturalist: Wild Turkey vs. White-Tailed Kite?

September 25, 2014 by David Lukas

The surprise appearance of a wild turkey in another bird’s nest has one reader wondering.

 
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Ask the Naturalist: Shady Bay Area Hikes?

September 19, 2014 by Bay Nature Staff

Where to find some shady hikes in our state parks on sunny fall days? Guest naturalist – and BN publisher David Loeb – had some suggestions.

 
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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?”

 
 
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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 […]

 
 

Bayview: California’s Water Year

We can’t control the rain. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing we can do. Bay Nature Publisher David Loeb on California’s drought.

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    September 24, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

    The editor of BOOM, a new quarterly journal about California, speaks with Bay Nature about his latest project.
     
 
 
 

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