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Great Nature Reads

December 19, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Stuck inside on a rainy day? Felled by a winter cold? Or just feel like curling up with a cup of tea and reading a good book? We’ve got some great selections so you can enjoy nature indoors.

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High Pressure Ridge Gone at Start of Rainy Season

December 13, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Is California’s drought caused by “natural variability” or was it much more likely to happen under climate change?

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Q&A With Rue Mapp: Turning to Nature for Healing

December 12, 2014 by Laki Sarah

“Right now,” says founder Rue Mapp, “we need nature more than ever.” A Q&A with the founder of Outdoor Afro as she prepares for nationwide “healing hikes.”

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Ask the Naturalist: Where do birds go when it rains?

December 11, 2014 by Josiah Clark

Guest naturalist Josiah Clark reveals how birds cope with stormy weather.

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What To Do When Ladybugs Make Your Home Theirs?

December 04, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Question: I have a lot of ladybugs in my living room and kitchen. Should I take them outside?

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Latest Videos

Redwoods with Michael Ellis

May 12, 2014 by Rick Bacigalupi

Naturalist Michael Ellis tells the fascinating story of the Bay Area’s primeval giants, Sequoia sempervirens. Produced by Rick Bacigalupi.

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Acorn Woodpeckers at Work

December 20, 2013 by Rick Bacigalupi

Environmental Volunteer Bob Dodge explains the antics of the sassy Acorn Woodpecker. Produced by Rick Bacigalupi.

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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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Latest Articles

Water Hyacinth Thrives in Drought Stricken Delta

December 22, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Drought brings ideal conditions for rapid spread of water hyacinth in the Delta.

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To Get Kids to the Wilderness, Oakland Group Trains and Equips Trip Leaders

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.

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In the South Bay Salt Ponds, Better Science Through Fishing

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.

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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.

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Wild Pigs, Increasing in Numbers on Mount Diablo, Expand Into New Turf

December 09, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

Wild pigs are uprooting unusual new areas of Mount Diablo this year.

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Pier 94: By the People, For the Birds

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 […]

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Coastal Crabs in Survival Mode Under Climate Change

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.

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Drought Brings Right Conditions to Stem Sudden Oak Death

November 11, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The California drought is bad for most species, including the fungal pathogen that kills oaks.

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Sharks, “Swimming Noses,” May Lose Their Sense in a More Acidic Ocean

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.

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The Underappreciated Undertakers

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 […]

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