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December 11, 2014 by Josiah Clark
Guest naturalist Josiah Clark reveals how birds cope with stormy weather.
December 15, 2014 by Eric Simons
Oakland-based Bay Area Wilderness Training tries to provide teachers and trip leaders with everything they need — from leadership skills to equipment — to get kids out in nature.
December 10, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin
Field work is supposed to be where ecologists get to play Indiana Jones. The reality with swing-dancing joke-cracking fish-loving UC Davis research scientist Jim Hobbs is somewhat different: wet, muddy, smelly, and mostly involving either waiting for leopard sharks or harvesting leopard shark vomit.
San Francisco’s Chorus Frogs Nearly Disappeared. People Helped Them Return. Then The Frogs Got Noisy.
December 09, 2014 by Carmen Taylor
How much do we owe to native species we’ve eliminated from their home? Nature in the City is exploring the question with the reintroduction of vocal chorus frogs to San Francisco.
December 09, 2014 by Joan Hamilton
Wild pigs are uprooting unusual new areas of Mount Diablo this year.
December 02, 2014 by Eric Simons
P ier 94 salt marsh is located at the end of a wide road with dirt piled high on either side, past two cement plants and a truck weighing station. It doesn’t seem like ideal bird habitat. From the road, on a gray Saturday morning in November, the area looks abandoned and barren. But there […]
November 18, 2014 by Alison Hawkes
A first of its kind study measures the combined impacts of ocean acidity and high temperatures on an intertidal organism.
November 11, 2014 by Alison Hawkes
The California drought is bad for most species, including the fungal pathogen that kills oaks.
November 07, 2014 by Eric Simons
While ocean acidification research often focuses on its impact on shelled animals such as corals or oysters, research is now showing the extent of the problem it will cause for fish like sharks, salmon, and rockfish.
November 06, 2014 by Joe Eaton
When you’re eyeball to eyeball with a turkey vulture, you wonder how he perceives you. (My “he” is Vladimir, a 30-year-old male, permanent resident of WildCare in San Rafael.) You may think of William Leon Dawson, an early celebrant of California birds: “…when the buzzard sweeps low to bend upon you an inquiring eye, you […]
November 06, 2014 by Eric Simons
In the glare of the bright sunshine flooding Duffel Meadow, a pale swath of cattle-trodden grassland near Orinda, several dozen lumpy burlap sacks lie gray and ragged, no more conspicuous than a pile of compost, in two natural swales. But each bag’s straw and wood chip stuffing is threaded with a rich web of mushroom […]