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To Get Kids to the Wilderness, Oakland Group Trains and Equips Trip Leaders

December 15, 2014 by Eric Simons

Oakland-based Bay Area Wilderness Training tries to provide teachers and trip leaders with everything they need -- from leadership skills to equipment -- to get kids out in nature.

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In the South Bay Salt Ponds, Better Science Through Fishing

December 10, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Field work is supposed to be where ecologists get to play Indiana Jones. The reality with swing-dancing joke-cracking fish-loving UC Davis research scientist Jim Hobbs is somewhat different: wet, muddy, smelly, and mostly involving either waiting for leopard sharks or harvesting leopard shark vomit.

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San Francisco’s Chorus Frogs Nearly Disappeared. People Helped Them Return. Then The Frogs Got Noisy.

December 09, 2014 by Carmen Taylor

How much do we owe to native species we've eliminated from their home? Nature in the City is exploring the question with the reintroduction of vocal chorus frogs to San Francisco.

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Wild Pigs, Increasing in Numbers on Mount Diablo, Expand Into New Turf

December 09, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

Wild pigs are uprooting unusual new areas of Mount Diablo this year.

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Pier 94: By the People, For the Birds

December 02, 2014 by Eric Simons

P ier 94 salt marsh is located at the end of a wide road with dirt piled high on either ...

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Coastal Crabs in Survival Mode Under Climate Change

November 18, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

A first of its kind study measures the combined impacts of ocean acidity and high temperatures on an intertidal organism.

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Drought Brings Right Conditions to Stem Sudden Oak Death

November 11, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The California drought is bad for most species, including the fungal pathogen that kills oaks.

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Sharks, “Swimming Noses,” May Lose Their Sense in a More Acidic Ocean

November 07, 2014 by Eric Simons

While ocean acidification research often focuses on its impact on shelled animals such as corals or oysters, research is now showing the extent of the problem it will cause for fish like sharks, salmon, and rockfish.

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The Underappreciated Undertakers

November 06, 2014 by Joe Eaton

When you’re eyeball to eyeball with a turkey vulture, you wonder how he perceives you. (My “he” is Vladimir, a ...

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Mushrooms to the Rescue!

November 06, 2014 by Eric Simons

In the glare of the bright sunshine flooding Duffel Meadow, a pale swath of cattle-trodden grassland near Orinda, several dozen ...

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Acorn Woodpeckers Expand Range in Search of Meager Acorn Supplies

November 04, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The failure of the spring rains this year may have something to do with woodpeckers foraging in Berkeley and San Francisco.

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Where Poison Oak Thrives, Mount Diablo Concludes A Red October

October 30, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

The ever unpopular poison oak is the most colorful plant on Mount Diablo this month, especially in certain places swept clean by the 2013 Morgan Fire.

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San Francisco’s Street Trees in Poor Shape as City Shifts Upkeep to Residents

October 30, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Advocates say SF is losing its urban forest because of a budget shortfall for tree maintenance.

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Meet the Future: A New Generation Rising at the East Bay Parks

October 22, 2014 by Lexi Pandell

The EBRPD has become known for fostering long-term employees, but the baby boomers who were hired during the district’s major expansion years of the 1970s are retiring.

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