Nature News

How Green is My Valley!

April 15, 2015 by Lisa M. Krieger

A new preserve in the Coyote Valley curbs tech sprawl.

 

San Francisco Bay: The Ocean’s Watershed

April 06, 2015 by Chelsea Leu

When it comes to the water in the San Francisco Bay, the ocean doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves. A UC Davis researcher and self-described “ocean evangelist” is trying to change that.

 

A Helping Hand for Bluebirds

April 03, 2015 by Aleta George

People come out of the woodwork to protect bluebirds.

 

Range of Possibilities

March 31, 2015 by Kelly Cash

If ranchers are such great conservation partners, why has ranching often been viewed as bad for the environment?

 

Bayview: The Growing Understanding of Rangelands

March 31, 2015 by David Loeb

Just as demand for locally sourced beef is rising, the ability of local ranchers to produce it is going down. The soaring rents and real estate prices that make it difficult for young writers and families to live in the Mission (or Gilman) District also make it difficult for local ranchers—young and old—to keep ranching in west Marin or southern Santa Clara.

 

The Ethics of Shooting the Wild

March 26, 2015 by Paul Epstein

Acclaimed Inverness-based wildlife photographer Daniel Dietrich is raising awareness around the shifty practice of owl baiting in the quest for the perfect shot.

 

Second Spring

March 23, 2015 by Joan Hamilton

Eighteen months after a fire, what to look for on Mount Diablo

 

San Francisco’s Native Bees Do the Job Just Fine

March 17, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

San Francisco gardeners should take heart. There’s enough native bees around to do your pollinating.

 

Pioneering The Mammal Big Day

March 12, 2015 by Peter Pyle

The idea of recording as many mammals as you can see in 24 hours hasn’t caught on the way the birding big day has. But when a team of longtime biologists set out into the field, their efforts netted them some important new information about Northern California’s wild mammals — and a new North American record.

 

A Natural History of That Little Yellow Flower That’s Everywhere Right Now

March 11, 2015 by Chelsea Leu

Oxalis provides a delightful burst of yellow color in the spring. Also, it’s eating the entire Bay Area alive.

 

Should I Plant Milkweed to Save the Monarchs?

March 03, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

The road to hell is paved with good intentions — or sometimes, with milkweed.

 

Fighting to Save, and Popularize, San Bruno Mountain

February 26, 2015 by Eric Simons

David Schooley and San Bruno Mountain Watch have done much to save San Bruno Mountain. Now they want to share it with the world.

 

Without Racial Diversity, Do Enviros Risk Becoming Marginalized?

February 25, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

UC Berkeley professor Carolyn Finney explains why environmentalists should support biodiversity — and racial diversity.

 

A Landscape Shaped By Fear on Mount Diablo

February 24, 2015 by Joan Hamilton

What causes the strip of bare dirt between chaparral and grassland? A researcher tests the idea of a “scurry zone” on Mount Diablo.

 

Gray Fox Spotted in Presidio for First Time In More Than a Decade

February 20, 2015 by Eric Simons

A Presidio Trust biological science tech spotted a gray fox near the Batteries to Bluffs trail on Wednesday, the first recorded in the Presidio since 2004.

 

‘Slow Coast’ May Get a National Monument

February 16, 2015 by Kaitlyn Kraybill-Voth

Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument has a certain ring to it.

 

The Romance of Raptors

February 12, 2015 by Beth Slatkin

Raptor expert Larry Broderick of Sonoma-based West County Hawk Watch has been enamored of birds of prey since childhood. We swooped in to chat with Larry about his favorite predators on the eve of this weekend’s SF Bay Flyway Festival.

 

Bay Nature Awards Dinner: Silent Auction Preview

February 11, 2015 by Katy Yeh

We’re delighted to be able to offer some wonderful wilderness getaways — plus tours of museums, an artist’s studio, days on the water, and much, much more — for our Local Hero Awards Dinner‘s silent auction this year. Proceeds from the auction will support Bay Nature Institute and its programs. Feast your eyes on the items below […]

 

What’s Killing California’s Native Pigeon?

February 09, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

Scientists are using genetic tests to determine how a nasty parasite is killing off the band-tailed pigeon.

 

Shapeshifter, Trickster, Survivor: Coyote in the Modern World

February 05, 2015 by Joe Eaton

Coyotes have been remarkably resilient and tenacious, surviving—thriving, even—in our midst as a relict and a messenger from a much wilder California.