Nature News

Second Spring

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

 

San Francisco’s Native Bees Do the Job Just Fine

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

 

Pioneering The Mammal Big Day

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

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?

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

 

Fighting to Save, and Popularize, San Bruno Mountain

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?

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

 

A Landscape Shaped By Fear on Mount Diablo

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

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

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

 

The Romance of Raptors

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

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?

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

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

 

Rancho Corral de Tierra: A Sea to Summit Trek on the San Mateo Coast

It’s time to open up Rancho Corral de Tierra, a storied, long-private piece of the coast, for all.

 

Never Mind the Game; Here’s a Superb Owl in San Jose

This is no mere Internet meme: the City of San Jose has a burrowing owl preserve, with hidden cameras, and it is spectacular.

 

From the Bottom Up at Mountain Lake

With San Francisco’s Mountain Lake once again clean enough to support native species, its managers are reintroducing the basic building blocks of a healthy ecosystem.

 

Keeping Watch on the Bay

When hundreds of surf scoters and other ducks wintering on San Francisco Bay were found coated with a baffling “mystery goo” a few weeks ago, San Francisco Baykeeper was one of the first organizations on the scene.

 

Learning to Love the Presidio’s Ancient Dune Ecosystem

Ecologists hope that by reviving a rare dune ecosystem, the public will come to appreciate it as much as the forest.

 

Nowhere to Go But Up

We’ve built our cities right up the edge of the Bay, and it’s a big Bay so there’s lots of low-lying waterfront. Now sea level rise is forcing hard decisions and creative thinking about that waterfront.