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Effort renews to control invasive Asian kelp

August 15, 2012 by Elizabeth Laubach

A long, wavy greenish-brown kelp dangles off the docks at South Beach Marina by AT&T Park in San Francisco. It ...

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Alcatraz Island is a renowned prison — but a horticultural gem?

July 06, 2012 by Elizabeth Laubach

From afar, this windswept island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay appears so rugged that you'd expect to find only century plans and eucalyptus. But Alcatraz is alive with color.

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Bay Area has ticks, and Lyme disease

June 15, 2012 by Elizabeth Laubach

Locals to the Bay Area often don’t think for a moment about the hazards of ticks when exploring nature. But maybe they should. Ticks carry Lyme disease, a debilitating condition caused by a bacterial infection ticks pick up from biting deer and mice. “If you don’t mind looking like a nerd, tuck pants into socks,” said a UC Berkeley entomologist.

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