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Signs of the Season: Feathered fall migrants

November 12, 2013 by Jackson Karlenzig

As the days shorten and valley oak leaves fall, hundreds of birds are flocking to the Bay Area. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the highlights.

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Jake Sigg: Why I Fight for Nature

November 06, 2013 by Paul Epstein

We asked Jake Sigg, the popular and opinionated editor of Nature News, what originally inspired him to become such a

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Looking for Lichens in Knowland Park

November 04, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Oakland’s Knowland Park boasts unparalleled views of the San Leandro Bay, gnarled coast live oak trees and stands of rare, maritime chaparral. But within this large landscape, one of nature’s smallest communities is flourishing—lichen.

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Dublin Land Exchange Raises Concern Over Burrowing Owls

November 01, 2013 by Emily Moskal

The burrowing owl requires only a few basic ingredients to survive urban settings but biologists say those needs are threatened by a new land exchange.

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For Bee Researchers, a Real-Life Night of the Flying Dead

October 31, 2013 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

San Francisco State researcher John Hafernik noticed bees acting like zombies a few years ago. Now he’s traced the “zombee” infestation to its source: a mind-controlling parasitic fly.

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Jumping Spiders March to a Unique Beat

October 31, 2013 by Sean Greene

Some of the area’s most amazing spiders are the ones you’re most likely to miss. With colorful appendages and a big pair of striking frontal eyes, the diminutive Habronattus genus of jumping spider might be one of the cutest, and most surprising, of Western arachnids.

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Ashy Storm-Petrel Denied Protection Under Endangered Species Act

October 30, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

After four years of consideration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced earlier this month that the ashy storm-petrel has been denied protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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Finding Nature in Mussel Rock Park

October 27, 2013 by Eric Simons

Mussel Rock Park has an uneven human and geologic history. That hasn’t stopped Oscar Porter from hiking there every day in search of extraordinary nature. He’s collected his photos of coyotes, birds and spiders on YouTube and in a book called Nature Under the Fog.

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Imagining the Future of Regional Open Space

October 25, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

After four decades of preserving open space in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) is undertaking a vision planning process, that will guide its work for the next 15-20 years. What do you want for the future of open space?

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Log It or Leave It – Post-fire Debate over Burned Trees

October 24, 2013 by Emily Moskal

As California’s fire season comes to a close, the fires that burned Yosemite and Mt. Diablo have left a landscape of burned trees, logs and soil. What to do next with that land, particularly in Yosemite, is a complicated decision, and politicians, land use managers, and ecologists have differing goals.

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On the Hunt—Searching For Rare Plants in the Delta

October 19, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is the lifeblood of the central valley. But this somewhat landscaped environment is also home to some of California’s rare plant populations, and on a kayak trip down Sycamore Slough, a group of volunteers is on the hunt to find them.

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After the Government Shutdown Ends, Bird Monitoring Resumes

October 17, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

As the government shutdown comes to an end, scientists working on federal land will be able to resume their research. But what impact does a 15 day hiatus have on long term monitoring and research?

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Is There Earthquake Weather? And Was That It?

October 16, 2013 by Sean Greene

Some people swear there’s earthquake weather. Some people swear there’s not. So what happens when an earthquake strikes California during earthquake weather? We called the Berkeley Seismology Lab to get an expert opinion.

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Photo Gallery: Coyotes Raising Kids in San Francisco

October 16, 2013 by Janet Kessler

Coyotes are among the 3-5 percent of mammal species that mate for life, and parents raise pups cooperatively. Except for loners and transients, coyotes live in nuclear families not so different from our own.

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