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

Chinook salmon sighted in Berkeley creek

December 06, 2012 by Emilie Raguso

The discovery of a 24-inch fish, believed to be a Chinook salmon, in a creek along Berkeley’s northern border with Albany, has inspired a ripple of excitement in the community.

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Keeping the peace with urban coyotes

November 07, 2012 by Courtney Quirin

When a pet goes missing, urban coyotes can quickly develop a bad rap. But many wildlife experts say it’s not the coyotes who need better management — it’s us.

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Year of the Bay sets sail

November 01, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

On November 1, the historic ship the Alma set sail from the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park on the

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Fight for Daly City Dunes

October 26, 2012 by Aleta George

Remnant dunes in Daly City hint at the long-lost sands of San Francisco. And the folks at San Bruno Mountain Watch would like to keep it that way, despite proposals to build houses here.

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A ballot battle over San Francisco parks funding

October 22, 2012 by Heather Mack

It would seem a no-brainer in eco-minded San Francisco that a $195 million bond to spruce up city parks would get a thumbs up on election day. Which is why it’s surprising that environmental groups are against it.

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Amy Meyer: “All our gains are temporary”

October 15, 2012 by Beth Slatkin

An interview with the “Mother of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.”


A new oasis in southeast San Francisco

October 11, 2012 by Dhyana Levey

In a polluted industrial area in southeast San Francisco, city agencies and naturalists are carving out a series of oases along the San Francisco Bay meant to bring back wildlife and visitors.

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River otter frolicking at Sutro Baths

October 11, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

Nature photographer David Cruz captured some candid moments of a sea otter basking in the sun at Sutro Baths in San Francisco.


Oakland getting more mini-parks

October 01, 2012 by Paul Epstein

Oakland is expanding the number “parklets” to bring more green to urban residents.

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Grasslands behind Sign Hill inspire conservation campaign

September 20, 2012 by Heather Mack

South San Francisco may be “THE INDUSTRIAL CITY,” as stated on the hillside overlooking the town of warehouses and industrial

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