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

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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How do barnacles make baby barnacles?

April 03, 2013 by Michael Ellis

Barnacles are hermaphroditic -- they contain both male and female sex organs. You're thinking, "Well, they always have a date on Saturday night." No, it's a really bad idea to self-fertilize: Inbreeding results in little genetic diversity. Worms, slugs, snails -- slow-moving animals with low rates of encounter -- are all hermaphroditic. And you could not get any slower than an adult barnacle!

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Springing Forward into Nature

February 14, 2013 by Beth Slatkin

One constant of Cindy Spring’s ever-changing life path has been her commitment to live her values. A one-time news broadcaster ...

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Valentine’s Day tales from nature, guaranteed to make you blush

February 13, 2013 by Kristen Martz

It's Valentine's Day and we've got some stories to share with you about how Bay Area species do it.

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San Francisco, a honeybee’s paradise

February 11, 2013 by Courtney Quirin

Why has San Francisco, of all places, become the land of milk and honey for honeybees?

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Celebrating the year of the snake with Bay Area favorites

February 09, 2013 by Constance Taylor

Happy Chinese New Year! It's the year of the snake, so we're taking a moment to reflect on some of our Bay Area favorites.

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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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Monarch butterfly numbers are down again

January 24, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Monarch butterflies are about half of last year's numbers in the Bay Area. But that's not saying all that much.

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Naked in the tidepools

January 17, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

With seasonally low tides, now's the time to head out to see arguably the most colorful critters in the Bay Area -- the nudibranchs that dwell in tidepools along the coast.

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Crabber gets $10,000 fine for setting traps in marine park

January 14, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Apparently fishing in a state marine reserve is no light matter. A commercial crabber gets nabbed lowering 100 traps in a Sonoma County marine reserve.

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