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

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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Oakland Museum’s new science gallery opens May 31

May 21, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

On May 31, the Oakland Museum will open its overhauled science gallery, the world's largest museum exhibit focused on California’s habitats and wildlife.

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Lake Merced Birds: A Lone Wrentit

May 14, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

Every so often I see a note from a local birder or amateur botanist that reminds me that there’s a ...

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What’s a tiger swallowtail doing in downtown San Francisco?

May 02, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

This riparian butterfly species finds suitable habitat in the tall buildings and wide spaces of Market Street. Advocates aim to keep them there.

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A Surprise Circle of Redwoods

April 27, 2013 by Paul Epstein

Another father-son geocaching adventure, this time revealing a very tall trees that seem to hide in plain sight.

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