Urban Nature

In the San Francisco Bay Area, slices of nature pop up in the most unexpected places, a testament to the region’s wealth in biodiversity and the resilience of its natural systems. Bringing nature to urban areas is not just about ensuring the survival of species, but enhancing people’s quality of life through a fulfillment of our innate need to be with nature.

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A Conservationist’s Take on the Knowland Park Controversy

November 17, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The City of Oakland is about to make a major decision on the future of one of the Bay Area's last remaining maritime chaparral communities.

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Acorn Woodpeckers Expand Range in Search of Meager Acorn Supplies

November 04, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The failure of the spring rains this year may have something to do with woodpeckers foraging in Berkeley and San Francisco.

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San Francisco’s Street Trees in Poor Shape as City Shifts Upkeep to Residents

October 30, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Advocates say SF is losing its urban forest because of a budget shortfall for tree maintenance.

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Why has Mission Peak Become the Thing to Do?

October 16, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Mount Tam? That's yesterday's high peak. A younger generation of hikers ascends Mission Peak instead.

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New Vision Launched for Candlestick Point

October 14, 2014 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

Just two years ago, the state wanted to abandon Candlestick Point. Now it's investing money in the park's renewal.

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The View From the Blind: Hunters Take Aim for Conservation

October 14, 2014 by Aleta George

Nature and culture writer Aleta George takes hunting field trips with a noted conservationists -- and finds an extended series of lessons about the intimate and indelible connection between hunting and conservation.

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Adrift

October 09, 2014 by Paul Epstein

Somewhere between animation and photography, Swiss-born Simon Christen has found his happy place: time-lapse photography. His “day job” is as ...

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Gardening for Wild Bees? Now There’s an App for That

August 13, 2014 by Carmen Taylor

A new iPad app, Wild Bee Gardening, draws on the knowledge of native bee experts to bring native bee conservation and gardening into the digital realm.

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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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In San Francisco, A Dying Forest Waits for Action

July 23, 2014 by Becca Andrews

Mount Sutro’s once-thriving blue gum eucalyptus trees are dying. At the moment, though, there's no approved environmental impact report for maintenance, and in the absence of major work conditions are deteriorating fast.

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