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2013—A Bay Nature Year In Photos

December 29, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

For Bay Nature, 2013 brought environmental news, features and photography celebrating and capturing not only nature's beauty but its resiliency and vulnerability. Take a look at the year gone by in stunning nature photographs.

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Signs of the season: elephant seals, born to breed

December 26, 2013 by Courtney Quirin

One of the most dramatic mating rituals in the animal kingdom is right on our Bay Area doorstep. Male elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park risk life and limb to be the guy who gets to impregnate up to 75 females.

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Before the Annual Fungus Fair, It’s All About Finding the Right Mushroom

December 23, 2013 by Emily Moskal

Served in French dishes under the alias pom pom du blanc, lion’s mane has a texture and taste resembling lobster or shrimp. Chris Schoenstein, a lifelong enthusiast and member of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, has only seen one 2 or 3 times. But that, if you’re a mushroom hunter, is the hook that keeps you coming back to an event like the Wunderlich Foray.

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Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones Looking to Expand

December 17, 2013 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

A proposal now under NOAA consideration would more than double the size of the sanctuaries, and protect the entire Sonoma County coastline and part of the Mendocino coastline to Point Arena, as well west to the edge of the continental shelf.

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Capturing King Tides Through Citizen Science

December 13, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Since 2010 the California King Tides Initiative has been documenting king tide events through photography—presenting a very real picture of rising sea levels. This year, the project has expanded to include a citizen science program, that will help researchers ground climate models.

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San Francisco Mulls Commercial Butterfly Release Ban

December 11, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

San Francisco may become the first U.S. city to ban the release of commercially raised butterflies at ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, and charity events.

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Traditional and Modern Methods of Acorn Preparation

December 05, 2013 by Emily Moskal

Bay Area oaks are prolific, but acorn use has diminished within the last 200 years. With the help of modern kitchenware you can rediscover the art of acorn preparation and its rich history grounded in Native American traditions.

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Restoring Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

December 02, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge has been shaped by industry and development leaving its three endemic and endangered species clinging to their habitat. But in a recent partnership between the Port of Stockton and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, dredged sand from the San Joaquin River will be offloaded at the refuge to aid with large-scale dune restoration.

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Bay Researchers Fight Uphill Battle with Invasive Cordgrass

November 21, 2013 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

Three years ago, managers at the Invasive Spartina Project thought they’d be almost out of a job by now. But while the ruthless and hybridizing cordgrass hasn't spread any more, it hasn't been eradicated either and this final push to eliminate it, will be the hardest.

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Who’s Suffering, Who’s Not as Drought Stretches On

November 18, 2013 by Eric Simons

As drought stretches on in California, local plants and animals are falling back on their evolutionarily honed behaviors for outlasting the dry.

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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

Jake Sigg, environmentalist We asked Jake Sigg, the popular and opinionated editor of Nature News, what originally inspired him to ...

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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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