About Eric Simons

Eric Simons is the editorial director at Bay Nature and author of The Secret Lives of Sports Fans and Darwin Slept Here.

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Richardson Bay Sea Otter, First in San Francisco Bay Since 2011, Dies

July 16, 2015 by Eric Simons

A young sea otter that had spent the last several weeks living in Richardson Bay died over the weekend.

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To Save a Park in San Francisco’s Bayview, Advocates Turn to Citizen Science “With a Mission”

June 18, 2015 by Eric Simons

Development could wipe out one of the Bayview's few open space areas. Nature in the City hopes knowing more about what lives there can stop the construction.

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Driving Home the Butterfly

May 18, 2015 by Eric Simons

The endangered Mission blue butterfly flies again on Twin Peaks, thanks to a dedicated six-year transplant effort that might be in its last year.

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What People Talk About When They Talk About Sage Grouse

May 13, 2015 by Eric Simons

How the greater sage grouse, a chicken-like resident of the sagebrush prairie, became what some call the most important conservation story in a generation.

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Gray Fox Spotted in Presidio for First Time In More Than a Decade

February 20, 2015 by Eric Simons

A Presidio Trust biological science tech spotted a gray fox near the Batteries to Bluffs trail on Wednesday, the first recorded in the Presidio since 2004.

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Why’s It So Hot If There’s No El Niño?

January 23, 2015 by Eric Simons

It's hot. And the next El Niño will likely blow away even 2014’s temperature record, locally, statewide, and globally.

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Bay Buffet: The Spawn of the Pacific Herring

January 08, 2015 by Eric Simons

The pulses in this silver fish wave, reaching up to a mile long by a mile wide, represent perhaps the largest aggregations of animals you’ll ever find in Northern California.

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Not Doomed (Yet): A Q&A With Extinction Experts Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly

November 24, 2014 by Eric Simons

Two biologists discuss Earth's alarming extinction rate.

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For Nontraditional Conservationists, A New Career Pathway

October 23, 2014 by Eric Simons

The Golden Hour Restoration Institute has announced plans to offer an applied master restoration certificate.

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Love a Shark? Save a Wetland

August 12, 2014 by Eric Simons

The resident sharks of the San Francisco Bay rely on healthy tidal wetlands.

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On Its 40th Anniversary, the Farallon Wilderness Remains Uniquely Wild

July 08, 2014 by Eric Simons

Each wilderness area has its own unique essence, and the Farallon Islands' might just be how utterly, unbelievably wild it is.

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The Clapper Rail Calls at Dawn

July 03, 2014 by Eric Simons

A Bay Nature special feature about weird birds, hardy biologists, and the difficult methods we employ to move past what our eyes and ears tell us and see something like the truth.

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Video of Snakes Caught in the Act in Petaluma

June 26, 2014 by Eric Simons

A few months ago a Point Blue Conservation Science staff member spotted two happy king snakes engaged in an act of passion at the edge of Shollenberger Marsh. Here's the video.

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Interior Secretary: Contra Costa Habitat Plan A National Model

May 06, 2014 by Eric Simons

United States Interior Secretary Sally Jewell took in the view from the summit of Kreiger Peak to highlight the plan that helped preserve the east Contra Costa peak.

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California Academy of Sciences Acquires iNaturalist

May 06, 2014 by Eric Simons

The California Academy of Sciences acquired the nature-cataloguing tool iNaturalist in late April in a merger of two of the Bay Area’s most prominent faces of public science.

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Orcas Erupt at Point Reyes

April 29, 2014 by Eric Simons

A pod of orcas put on a show for visitors off the shore of the Point Reyes Lighthouse this weekend. Check out these photos.

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Nature Below Dolores Park, One Way or Another

April 22, 2014 by Eric Simons

A Dolores Park construction hole filled with water. Was this the clue to an unresolved mystery, and a window into a piece of San Francisco history?

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First Person: Environmental Education Award Winner Liam O’Brien

April 21, 2014 by Eric Simons

The architect of urban butterfly habitat projects like Tigers on Market Street and the Green Hairstreak Corridor, and the restoration of Mission blues on Twin Peaks, Liam O’Brien is a man on a mission to prove that habitats for humans and habitats for butterflies aren’t mutually exclusive.

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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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Ants!

March 28, 2014 by Eric Simons

On a beautiful spring afternoon under blue skies and sunshine, our group followed the California Academy of Sciences renowned entomologist ...

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Welcome Bioblitzers!

March 28, 2014 by Eric Simons

Hi there, and welcome to Bay Nature’s diary-of-a-bioblitzer page. Did you participate in the big event? See anything weird? Learned ...

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All of These Monster Invasive Fish Came Out of One Small San Francisco Lake

March 20, 2014 by Eric Simons

In the Presidio's Mountain Lake, as this sequence of photos shows, there are some ferocious predators lurking in the watery depths.

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Q&A: Greenfriar a New Voice in Nature Writing on the Web

March 18, 2014 by Eric Simons

It's rare to see someone trying to bring a new nature publication into the world. But with the March launch of Greenfriar, Bay Area-based writer Ken Layne is doing just that.

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When and Where Do I Look to See Orcas?

March 13, 2014 by Eric Simons

I'm trying to spot some orcas this year and wanted to know when and where I should look.

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The Beauty and the Cheeseweed, a San Francisco Butterfly Love Story

February 28, 2014 by Eric Simons

Of the 35 breeding butterfly species in San Francisco, 25 have now found a non-native host plant they can work with. In an area this urban, undesirable weeds growing in sidewalk cracks have become vital to the life of butterflies.

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A Wildlife Photographer’s Most Important Photography Advice: Set the Camera Aside

February 24, 2014 by Eric Simons

Suzi Eszterhas will lecture about the rare animals she's seen and her own adventures in wildlife photography on Wednesday night in the African Hall at the California Academy of Sciences.

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Sunday Bioblitz a Chance to See Lake Merritt’s Wild Side

February 19, 2014 by Eric Simons

The wild side of Lake Merritt inspired Jim Carlton’s career. This Sunday is a chance for everyone else to join in on the fun.

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The Beauty of an Atmospheric River

February 07, 2014 by Eric Simons

The forecast calls for big rain this weekend from an "atmospheric river," a plume of moisture stretching thousands of miles across the Pacific and splashing onto land right smack on the Northern California coast.

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Sea Otter Confirmed in Tomales Bay for First Time in Almost a Decade

February 06, 2014 by Eric Simons

Several boaters spotted and photographed a sea otter feeding in Tomales Bay this week, the first confirmed sighting of a ...

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Helping Restore Hamilton Wetland from the Ground Up

January 24, 2014 by Eric Simons

Several thousand of the 60,000 plants intended to ultimately go into the ground at the Hamilton Wetland restoration site will arrive there via the hands of young Marin residents as part of the Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed Program.

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The Wild Life of a Coastodian: An Interview with Richard James

January 13, 2014 by Eric Simons

From the western edge of the continent, Richard James blogs about life and litter at Coastodian.org, takes photos, and dreams up art projects that challenge our view of the world.

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Q&A: The Long Bike Ride from Palo Alto to Tierra del Fuego

January 08, 2014 by Eric Simons

Over two years, David Kroodsma rode his bike 21,000 miles from Palo Alto to Tierra del Fuego and then from New York back home, to study and talk about climate change. A Q&A with the San Francisco-based climate journalist, scientist and educator, who's recently authored a book about his experiences.

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The Making of The Boneman: How a Bookseller from Homer, Alaska Became the California Academy of Sciences’ Orca Skeleton Expert

January 08, 2014 by Eric Simons

Why the California Academy of Sciences brought in a bookseller from Homer, Alaska to help lead the articulation of its rare orca skeleton -- and how Lee Post became “Lee Post AKA The Boneman,” one of the world’s leading authorities on the re-putting-together of beached whales.

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Richardson Bay Herring Return, With an Entourage

January 07, 2014 by Eric Simons

The North Bay played host to one of nature's great spectacles this week, the annual Richardson Bay spawning of Pacific herring, an event eagerly anticipated by hungry animals and curious people -- and an event all the more precious for how close it once came to disappearing.

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The Man Who Sees the Trash

January 06, 2014 by Eric Simons

Richard James, who keeps the beaches of Point Reyes as litter-free as he can, has an obsessive eye for the discordant note of trash. His life as a park volunteer comes with a lesson: You learn strange things when you pick up after the world.

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Critical Habitat Identified for Franciscan Manzanita

December 20, 2013 by Eric Simons

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has declared 230 acres of San Francisco critical habitat for the Franciscan manzanita, the oft-discussed rare shrub famous for its dramatic rediscovery and the relocation of a sole survivor in 2009.

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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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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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What’s That Little White Moth in the Oak Forest, and Why So Many?

October 25, 2013 by Eric Simons

I've noticed lots of butterflies (moths?) in the Indian Valley Open Space area of Novato (oak forest). I haven't seen this many in previous years. The butterflies are about the size of a nickel or quarter and are white. What kind of butterfly are they?

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Summer Breeze Makes Me Feel Fine

July 01, 2010 by Eric Simons

Summer is the season for sea breezes in the Bay Area, and no one knows that better than the kite-boarders, windsurfers, and sailors who ply the Bay every chance they get.

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