Wildlife: Invertebrates, Reptiles, Amphibians

To some, species such as nudibranchs, sweat bees, tarantulas, and red-legged frogs are lumped into the great wide world of creepy-crawlies. But these underfoot and underwater animals can be surprisingly interesting, albeit sometimes obscure. The sense of wonder and curiosity that these species spark is a reminder of wildlife’s inherent value, no matter the size or number of legs.

Latest from Wildlife: Invertebrates, Reptiles, Amphibians

A Child’s Book of Habitat

January 02, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Wildlife biologist and environmental science writer (and former Bay Nature contributing editor) Matthew Bettelheim temporarily switched out of his academic ...

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Learned Lepidopterist

December 20, 2013 by Rick Bacigalupi

San Francisco’s Liam O’Brien shares his wealth of knowledge all about Bay Area butterflies. Produced by Rick Bacigalupi. ...

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Where are all the Western Toads?

December 12, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

I used to have a multitude of western toads on my ranch in Nicasio but I no longer see them. I was wondering what happened to all the toads?

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San Francisco Mulls Commercial Butterfly Release Ban

December 11, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

San Francisco may become the first U.S. city to ban the release of commercially raised butterflies at ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, and charity events.

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Restoring Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

December 02, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge has been shaped by industry and development leaving its three endemic and endangered species clinging to their habitat. But in a recent partnership between the Port of Stockton and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, dredged sand from the San Joaquin River will be offloaded at the refuge to aid with large-scale dune restoration.

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Who’s Suffering, Who’s Not as Drought Stretches On

November 18, 2013 by Eric Simons

As drought stretches on in California, local plants and animals are falling back on their evolutionarily honed behaviors for outlasting the dry.

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For Bee Researchers, a Real-Life Night of the Flying Dead

October 31, 2013 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

San Francisco State researcher John Hafernik noticed bees acting like zombies a few years ago. Now he's traced the "zombee" infestation to its source: a mind-controlling parasitic fly.

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Jumping Spiders March to a Unique Beat

October 31, 2013 by Sean Greene

Some of the area’s most amazing spiders are the ones you’re most likely to miss. With colorful appendages and a big pair of striking frontal eyes, the diminutive Habronattus genus of jumping spider might be one of the cutest, and most surprising, of Western arachnids.

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Tales of a Recovered Arachnophobe

October 23, 2013 by Paul Epstein

Gwen Heistand hasn’t always loved spiders: In fact, she used to be deathly afraid of them! As resident biologist at ...

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Why Does the Pacific Leatherback Turtle Migrate to Californian Waters to Feed?

October 23, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Ever wondered why the Pacific leatherback turtle migrates from Indonesian waters to the California coast to feed on jellyfish?

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