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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.