New Record for San Francisco Christmas Bird Count?

December 30, 2013 by Ilana DeBare

Last Friday about 120 birders fanned out across the 15-mile diameter of the San Francisco Christmas Bird Count circle and set what could be a new record for the number of species in the SF count — 183.

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Dry year sparks fire and water fears, affects Bay Area bird counts

December 27, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

California’s driest year in recorded history sparks fire and water fears, and more Bay Area nature news…

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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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Big Sur Fire Nears Full Containment, SF Proposes Bottled Water Ban

December 20, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Big Sur fire nears full containment as SF Board of Supervisors consider plastic water bottle ban and more Bay Area nature news…

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Fox Sparrows Plentiful at Palomarin Field Station

December 19, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

This fall’s government shutdown left a two-week gap in Point Blue Conservation Science’s bird monitoring and banding data. But with the counts now in, the second half of October appears to have been a success, with researchers capturing and banding a surprisingly high number of fox sparrows.

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What Do I Need To Know About Feeding Birds In My Yard?

December 18, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

I’ve started to put out bird seed in my North Oakland backyard and have enjoyed the visitors. What do I need to know about feeding wild birds in my yard?

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Park Service Drops Muir Woods Parking Lot Plan, CA Groups Call for Offshore Fracking to Halt

December 13, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

California groups call for offshore fracking to halt, Park Service drops Muir Woods panoramic parking plan and more Bay Area nature news.

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Where are all the Western Toads?

December 12, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

I used to have a multitude of western toads on my ranch in Nicasio but I no longer see them. I was wondering what happened to all the toads?


Bay Nature’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

December 09, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Struggling to find that perfect gift? Look no further with Bay Nature’s 2013 holiday gift guide.

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SF Bay Waters Becoming Clearer, Threat of ‘Dead Zone’ Along Sonoma Coast

December 06, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

San Francisco Bay is becoming clearer and more Bay Area nature news…

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