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.

Latest from Urban Nature

“Bay Nature on the Air” Nominated for Northern California Emmy Award

May 14, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Bay Nature on the Air -- nature shorts based on features from Bay Nature magazine -- has been nominated for a regional Emmy Award.

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Tree Camping: A Bed of Boughs in a City of Lights

April 29, 2014 by Leath Tonino

My plan was really more of a prompt, a nudge from me to myself in the direction of urban-arboreal adventure. I’d wander San Francisco, neighborhood to neighborhood, park to park, paying attention to trees.

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First Blue Heron Cam in California Set up at Stow Lake

April 18, 2014 by Autumn Sartain

A blue heron cam will be watching the majestic birds nest on Stow Lake this year to aid in research and public education.

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Water, Water Everywhere…?

March 13, 2014 by Paul Epstein

Colin Bailey, EJCW Executive Director In these days of scarce water, the supply of organizations talking about water policy seems ...

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Sunday Bioblitz a Chance to See Lake Merritt’s Wild Side

February 19, 2014 by Eric Simons

The wild side of Lake Merritt inspired Jim Carlton’s career. This Sunday is a chance for everyone else to join in on the fun.

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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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Before the Annual Fungus Fair, It’s All About Finding the Right Mushroom

December 23, 2013 by Emily Moskal

Served in French dishes under the alias pom pom du blanc, lion’s mane has a texture and taste resembling lobster or shrimp. Chris Schoenstein, a lifelong enthusiast and member of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, has only seen one 2 or 3 times. But that, if you’re a mushroom hunter, is the hook that keeps you coming back to an event like the Wunderlich Foray.

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Traditional and Modern Methods of Acorn Preparation

December 05, 2013 by Emily Moskal

Bay Area oaks are prolific, but acorn use has diminished within the last 200 years. With the help of modern kitchenware you can rediscover the art of acorn preparation and its rich history grounded in Native American traditions.

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Dublin Land Exchange Raises Concern Over Burrowing Owls

November 01, 2013 by Emily Moskal

The burrowing owl requires only a few basic ingredients to survive urban settings but biologists say those needs are threatened by a new land exchange.

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Finding Nature in Mussel Rock Park

October 27, 2013 by Eric Simons

Mussel Rock Park has an uneven human and geologic history. That hasn't stopped Oscar Porter from hiking there every day in search of extraordinary nature. He's collected his photos of coyotes, birds and spiders on YouTube and in a book called Nature Under the Fog.

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