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

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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Photo Gallery: Coyotes Raising Kids in San Francisco

October 16, 2013 by Janet Kessler

Coyotes are among the 3-5 percent of mammal species that mate for life, and parents raise pups cooperatively. Except for loners and transients, coyotes live in nuclear families not so different from our own.

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The Stewardship Connection: Interview with Sue Gardner

September 30, 2013 by Jacoba Charles

For the past 20 years, Mill Valley native Sue Gardner has run the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s Park Stewardship program, connecting people to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), the nation’s largest urban national park.

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Today’s the day to bring nature to parking spots

September 20, 2013 by Jaquelyn Davis

Park(ing) Day requires one thing: You bring a little greenery to a parking space.

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Ospreys taking a liking to San Francisco Bay

September 11, 2013 by Claire Mathieson

Ospreys have been expanding their range in recent years, setting up nests along the San Francisco Bay for the first time.

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Oakland experiments with giving walkers, bicyclists free rein

August 20, 2013 by Jaquelyn Davis

Traffic has come to a stop at a major intersection in downtown Oakland. What would happen if pedestrians and bicyclists took the place of the cars?

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Biologists remove disease-spreading invasive frogs from Golden Gate Park

July 22, 2013 by Jackson Mauze

The "bubonic plague" of amphibian diseases is being carried by an invasive frog that's turned up in Golden Gate Park.

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An architect and a tardigrade

July 15, 2013 by Jaquelyn Davis

Long before "sustainable architecture" became buzz in the design world, there was Eugene Tsui drawing up fantastical visions of a world in tune with nature.

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