Habitats: Land

From coastal prairie to salt marshes and redwood forests, the San Francisco Bay Area has an incredibly diverse landscape that makes it one of the nation’s biodiversity hotspots. Keeping it that way in the face of development has been a challenge for conservationists whose goals are seeing more and more support from an eco-minded populace.

Latest from Habitats: Land

Complete Nest Failure at Martin Griffin Preserve’s Heronry

February 21, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

The great egret colony at Martin Griffin Preserve in West Marin failed to fledge any young egrets in 2013, the first time in the preserve’s 62-year history, leading Audubon Canyon Ranch to change public access to the preserve for 2014.

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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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A Botanist, a Bay Area Island and a Big Surprise

January 28, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

In the mid 90s, botanist Mike Wood was contracted by the U.S. Navy to undertake a rare plant survey of Yerba Buena Island as the military prepared to leave the base. At the time he didn't think the island would be of much botanical interest. But two decades later, he's still going back.

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Oasis on Mount Diablo: Perkins Canyon’s Trial By Fire

January 13, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

The Morgan Fire transformed more than 3,100 acres of meadow, chaparral, and woodland on Mount Diablo’s south and east sides, including Perkins Canyon. “It was a once-in-
a-generation event,” says Seth Adams — the biggest fire on the mountain since 1977.

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Map Sense: From Topos to Tablets at the East Bay Regional Parks

January 13, 2014 by John Hart

Every map tells a story -- about the world, and about the person who made it.

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Battle of the Ants at Jasper Ridge

January 13, 2014 by Brendan Buhler

One of the keys to their success is that Argentine ants are much less aggressive toward other Argentine ants than they are toward other species. They share information, resources, and trails; they are so cooperative with each other they appear to function as a single colony, with many queens and many nests.

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Letter from the Publisher: Watching Mount Diablo Heal Itself

January 13, 2014 by David Loeb

I have a mixed reaction when I hear that a place I know and love has been hit by wildfire. On the one hand, there’s a visceral recoil: Will this cherished place survive? But on the other hand, there’s a thrill that comes from anticipating dramatic changes to a familiar landscape.

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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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Fire-chasing Beetles Make an Appearance

January 08, 2014 by Emily Moskal

For decades, charcoal beetles were known as an irritant to firefighters and football fans but now, scientists understand the habits of these fire-chasers.

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2014 Local Hero Award Winner for Youth Engagement

January 02, 2014 by Bay Nature Staff

Cheyanna Washburn, a sophomore at Diablo Valley College in botany and recreational therapy, is one of those dedicated young leaders ...

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