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

Geocaching Oakland’s Belap Path

February 10, 2013 by Paul Epstein

The East Bay Hills are riddled with hidden paths and staircases.  Providing an athletic training ground for the hard-core runner, ...

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Sutro Sam, the river otter, getting too much attention

February 04, 2013 by Heather Mack

Wildlife experts say to leave San Francisco's adorable river otter alone a little bit.

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San Francisco group seeks Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

January 30, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

A group of San Francisco nature enthusiasts want to make official every kid's right to climb a tree, see the ocean and ride a bike.

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The thrill of the hive: San Francisco beekeeping

January 28, 2013 by Courtney Quirin

One of San Francisco's most prominent beekeepers produces 500 pounds of honey a year by never turning down a bee in need.

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Give a nesting bird a home

January 23, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Nesting birds are coming back to town. Now's your chance to be a bird box landlord.

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Getting in tune with nature

January 07, 2013 by Paul Epstein

Glen Ellen resident Bernie Krause records sounds in nature to understand a habitat's biodiversity.

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Cut Off from Nature or Take the Right Cut-off?

January 05, 2013 by Paul Epstein

Another father-son geocaching adventure: Learning to love wetlands, even the ones by the highway.

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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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