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In San Francisco, A Dying Forest Waits for Action

July 23, 2014 by Becca Andrews

Mount Sutro’s once-thriving blue gum eucalyptus trees are dying. At the moment, though, there's no approved environmental impact report for maintenance, and in the absence of major work conditions are deteriorating fast.

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Making Their Mark

July 11, 2014 by Victoria Schlesinger

The ideas driving the environmental and social movements of the early 1970s gained a strong foothold in the East Bay Regional Park District, thanks in large part to a cohort of young park workers hired during that decade.

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Marsh Once More: The Bay Trail Takes Off at Hamilton Airfield

July 10, 2014 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Looking out across the 650-acre project toward the distant Godzilla arm of the backhoe against the blue sky, I finally see on the ground what the planners and engineers have been describing to me ever since I first began writing stories about Hamilton ten years ago: a tapestry of habitats.

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Enlightened by Bioluminescence

July 10, 2014 by Claire Peaslee

Another phenomenon, equally fabulous but much lower in the food chain, can also occur in the ocean at this time of year: bioluminescence, or “living light.”

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It’s Fun! It’s Science! It’s a Bioblitz!

July 10, 2014 by Joe Eaton

On the last weekend of March, 9,000 people armed with binoculars, butterfly nets, cameras, and smartphones, spread out over an ...

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Bay View: America’s Wild Anniversary

July 10, 2014 by David Loeb

As far as I know, the passage of the Wilderness Act 50 years ago was the first time in human history that a society has declared by statute that certain areas shall never be developed, nor exploited for commercial gain, nor intruded on by motorized transport.

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On Its 40th Anniversary, the Farallon Wilderness Remains Uniquely Wild

July 08, 2014 by Eric Simons

Each wilderness area has its own unique essence, and the Farallon Islands' might just be how utterly, unbelievably wild it is.

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The Clapper Rail Calls at Dawn

July 03, 2014 by Eric Simons

A Bay Nature special feature about weird birds, hardy biologists, and the difficult methods we employ to move past what our eyes and ears tell us and see something like the truth.

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Impressionism, Pointillism, Statistical Processing: Finding Truths in the Patterns of Nature

July 02, 2014 by Mary Ellen Hannibal

The beauty of science is that it really does search for truth. It is easy to follow the tracks and trails of one or several of nature’s patterns and yet be completely lost as to the whole picture.

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Trail Trekkers Forge a New Path in El Cerrito

July 01, 2014 by Autumn Sartain

Since 2012, the El Cerrito nonprofit ECTT has built two new trails: Motorcycle Hill Trail and another called Lower Snowdon Trail. Both of these are in the Hillside Natural Area, 85 acres of city-owned open space in El Cerrito.

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To Catch a Mouse: Chasing Mammals on Recovering Mount Diablo

July 01, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

Researchers are using hidden cameras and small mammal traps to try and answer questions about animal life following the fire.

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Mammals Caught on Hidden Camera Visiting the Diablo Burn Area

July 01, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

A team of researchers, with a grant from Save Mount Diablo, has installed hidden cameras in a variety of plots ...

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Seeing America, Again: Re-imagined Art Project Connects Artists, Parks

June 30, 2014 by Sabine Bergmann

A new campaign crowd-sources artwork from all 50 states to revive New Deal-era posters with a new collection of art celebrating America’s national parks.

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Beavers Used to Be Almost Everywhere in California

June 19, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Beavers used to live across most of California before they were trapped out of existence. But could they be a solution to drought and climate change?

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