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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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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California buckeyes know what to do in summer dry spell — hibernate

July 08, 2013 by Constance Taylor

What does a California buckeye know that many imported plants around here don't? Duh, you don't go full steam in the hot, dry summer.

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River otters are here to stay — at the Aquarium of the Bay

July 03, 2013 by Jackson Mauze

Viewing wild river otters can be thrilling, if you find one. Up your chances to 100 percent at a new, permanent exhibit at Aquarium of the Bay.

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Oakland’s bug guy wants you to like bugs too

June 19, 2013 by Constance Taylor

Eddie Dunbar has helped make Oakland a bit friendlier towards the Bay Area's creepy-crawlies.

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Eucalyptus removal: A dilemma of habitat and history

June 12, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

The East Bay eucalyptus removal debate continues with public comment until June 17. We hear from experts on amphibians, raptors, and forest succession.

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These beavers know the way to San Jose

June 03, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

In the heart of San Jose, a family of beavers have set up a home. Their arrival marks the first time in 150 years that beavers have been seen in the area.

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East Bay hills tree removal debate catches fire

May 23, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

A plan for tree removal in the East Bay hills is open for public comment until June 17. We talk to a biologist, historian, gardener, land manager, and critic.

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