About Rachel Diaz-Bastin
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.