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How Can You Tell If a Lichen Is Dead?

April 11, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Lichens by nature are mottled and brittle looking. So how do you know when they are dead?

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Berkeley nixes plan to exterminate ground squirrels

March 28, 2014 by Golden Gate Birder

Water officials said they were concerned that ground squirrel tunnels were sending toxins into the San Francisco Bay.

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Ask The Naturalist: How Will the Drought Impact Amphibians?

March 21, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Question: Will newts, frogs and salamanders be out in full force in the Bay Area this spring?

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Q&A: Greenfriar a New Voice in Nature Writing on the Web

March 18, 2014 by Eric Simons

It’s rare to see someone trying to bring a new nature publication into the world. But with the March launch of Greenfriar, Bay Area-based writer Ken Layne is doing just that.

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When and Where Do I Look to See Orcas?

March 13, 2014 by Eric Simons

I’m trying to spot some orcas this year and wanted to know when and where I should look.

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Latest Videos

Salmon Return to Spawn

November 13, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

The Nimbus Hatchery fish ladder opened early November, signaling the start of the salmon spawning season on the American River.

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Rarely seen blue-footed boobies arrive at Point Reyes

September 20, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Blue-footed boobies are turning up in Point Reyes after straying far from their normal range from the Galapagos Islands to the

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Footage of Rim Fire from a boat on Tuolumne River

September 10, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

The Tuolumne River Trust released footage of the recent Rim Fire that burned through the Tuolumne River watershed. The group

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Latest Articles

Nudibranchs, Kings of the Tidepool, Command An Audience

April 14, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

There are lots of pretty pictures of the 3,000 nudibranchs species already discovered, but few specifics. Key elements of their fundamental biology are still poorly understood, or not understood at all. Or not even examined.

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Moments of Inception: The Founding Vision of the East Bay Regional Parks

April 10, 2014 by Kenneth Brower

In 1863, not a year after Thoreau’s death, Frederick Law Olmsted, king of American landscape architecture, looked into the hills east of San Francisco Bay and saw that they were good. He imagined a park up there.

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Explaining the Cosco Busan Spill’s Toxic Effects: Scientists Report A Link Between Oil and Fish Heart Health

April 09, 2014 by Elizabeth Devitt

Seven years after the Cosco Busan oil spill, a group of scientists led by Barbara Block at the Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey have discovered the exact chemical pathway that makes oil such an insidious toxin.

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Living Shorelines

April 07, 2014 by Sean Greene

A few years ago the State Coastal Conservancy went looking for something new: habitat restoration that would also address sea level rise. Two years into a pilot experiment, the results suggest that in the appropriate places this green climate adaptation might work.

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Turning the Corner on Invasive Spartina

April 04, 2014 by Lexi Pandell

Today, after 13 years of work by the Invasive Spartina Project and its partners to eliminate the invasive hybrid, the team is now into the rebuilding phase of its long-term plan, replanting the area with native cordgrass in hopes that it will reclaim its former territory.

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Counting Crows: Why are there So Many?

April 04, 2014 by Ilana DeBare

The crow population is exploding, and with it the number of nuisance complaints. But perhaps crows deserve a bit more respect for being so resilient and smart.

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Some Wildflowers Take Advantage of Drought

April 03, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Yes, it’s been a dry year. But that’s not entirely a bad thing for annual natives like wildflowers, which are finding a rare opportunity to restore their seed banks.

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The Nearby Wilderness: Seeking Solitude and Serenity in the Orestimba

March 27, 2014 by Ron Erskine

Moments of utter solitude are the Orestimba’s calling card. Wherever you might travel in the American West, you are not likely to find a place more isolated.

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Letter from the Publisher: April Showers, May Flowers?

March 26, 2014 by David Loeb

By the time you read this in April, the die will have been cast and the show — of unknown quality and duration — should be on. So head on out for a springtime pilgrimage, and while you’re at it, why not share your best wildflower sightings with us and our readers?

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The Elusive Black Rail May Adapt Better Than You’d Think

March 21, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Black rails are one of the most secretive of birds. But new research is showing that the scurrying marshland species can pick up and move if it must.

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