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A New Haven for the Leopard Shark

April 17, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

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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The Fish We Never Knew

April 16, 2014 by Eric Simons

The Galapagos damselfish exists only in the specimens collection at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Bay Nature editorial director Eric Simons considers the fish and its lessons in a changing world.

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

April 16, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

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

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Nudibranchs, Kings of the Tidepool, Command An Audience

April 14, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

There are lots of pretty pictures of the 3,000 nudibranchs species already discovered, but few specifics. Key elements of their fundamental biology are still poorly understood, or not understood at all. Or not even examined.

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Moments of Inception: The Founding Vision of the East Bay Regional Parks

April 10, 2014 by Kenneth Brower

In 1863, not a year after Thoreau’s death, Frederick Law Olmsted, king of American landscape architecture, looked into the hills east of San Francisco Bay and saw that they were good. He imagined a park up there.

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Explaining the Cosco Busan Spill’s Toxic Effects: Scientists Report A Link Between Oil and Fish Heart Health

April 09, 2014 by Elizabeth Devitt

Seven years after the Cosco Busan oil spill, a group of scientists led by Barbara Block at the Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey have discovered the exact chemical pathway that makes oil such an insidious toxin.

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Living Shorelines

April 07, 2014 by Sean Greene

A few years ago the State Coastal Conservancy went looking for something new: habitat restoration that would also address sea level rise. Two years into a pilot experiment, the results suggest that in the appropriate places this green climate adaptation might work.

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Turning the Corner on Invasive Spartina

April 04, 2014 by Lexi Pandell

Today, after 13 years of work by the Invasive Spartina Project and its partners to eliminate the invasive hybrid, the team is now into the rebuilding phase of its long-term plan, replanting the area with native cordgrass in hopes that it will reclaim its former territory.

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Counting Crows: Why are there So Many?

April 04, 2014 by Ilana DeBare

The crow population is exploding, and with it the number of nuisance complaints. But perhaps crows deserve a bit more respect for being so resilient and smart.

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Some Wildflowers Take Advantage of Drought

April 03, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Yes, it’s been a dry year. But that’s not entirely a bad thing for annual natives like wildflowers, which are finding a rare opportunity to restore their seed banks.

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The Nearby Wilderness: Seeking Solitude and Serenity in the Orestimba

March 27, 2014 by Ron Erskine

Moments of utter solitude are the Orestimba’s calling card. Wherever you might travel in the American West, you are not likely to find a place more isolated.

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Letter from the Publisher: April Showers, May Flowers?

March 26, 2014 by David Loeb

By the time you read this in April, the die will have been cast and the show — of unknown quality and duration — should be on. So head on out for a springtime pilgrimage, and while you’re at it, why not share your best wildflower sightings with us and our readers?

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The Elusive Black Rail May Adapt Better Than You’d Think

March 21, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Black rails are one of the most secretive of birds. But new research is showing that the scurrying marshland species can pick up and move if it must.

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Mount Diablo’s Chamise, Researcher Shows, Likes It Hot

March 20, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

A Berkeley researcher is using chamise seeds collected from Mount Diablo this fall to explore the plant’s response to fire.

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