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Tracking the Ghost Cat: Mountain Lions Remain Elusive in the East Bay

July 25, 2014 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

The Bay Area Puma Project team has been collaring mountain lions and monitoring remote motion-sensor cameras throughout the East Bay. It’s not easy tracking the elusive cats, but it’s vital to understanding how to protect them.

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Hidden Cameras Capture Stunning Photos of Wildlife in the Santa Cruz Mountains

May 27, 2014 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

What do mountain lions and other wildlife do when we're not looking? Georgia Stigall's hidden cameras show their remarkable world.

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New Genetics Research May Shed Light on the Secretive Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse

May 06, 2014 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

Although many people are studying salt marsh harvest mice, or "salties," as they are affectionately known, San Francisco State graduate student Anastasia Ennis is one of a few people studying harvest mouse population genetics.

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What’s Small, Ladybug-Like, and Golden All Over?

February 27, 2014 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

A few years ago a Bay Nature reader spotted something golden and shiny on her carpet. Suspecting it was a piece of jewelry she picked it up, only to find it was alive! What kind of beetle is golden, metallic and looks like a ladybug?

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Preparing a Mountaintop to Welcome Back Birds — and People

February 12, 2014 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

After years of demolition and cleanup, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District installed nesting boxes for rare purple martins at the top of Mount Umunhum. Preparing the summit for the martins marks a special moment in the restoration process -- of the completion of the demolition phase and a celebration of the summit’s rebirth as a habitat and natural wonder.

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Richardson Bay Sets Winter Bird Count Record

February 06, 2014 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

At 23,000 birds, the tally in Richardson Bay this December was higher than any year since the surveys began in fall 2006 -- much higher. The previous high was 13,000 birds.

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New Life for Presidio’s Historic Forest

January 13, 2014 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

The young trees are dwarfed by the backdrop of towering eucalyptus, Monterey pine, and Monterey cypress planted in the Presidio more than 120 years ago, but the mission is lofty: to replace a dying forest.

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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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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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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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