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September 13, 2014 by Alison Hawkes
“I hear lion attacks are rare. Why would a mountain lion attack a child in the midst of a large group, as we’ve seen in the Santa Cruz Mountains last weekend?”
September 10, 2014 by Jonah Raskin
Environmental groups gathered in downtown Vallejo over the weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, to ponder the meaning of the word and to filter the concept through the lenses of California’s diverse communities.
August 21, 2014 by Liam O'Brien
Doesn’t get much better for eye candy than a butterfly on a flower, right?
September 16, 2014 by Eric Simons
San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, already struggling with foot traffic and free-roaming domestic pets, faces a serious erosion problem.
September 10, 2014 by Ted Andersen
Marin’s Marine Mammal Center is spreading its reach across the Pacific, and this summer opened a $3.2 million seal hospital in Hawaii that is the only facility in the world dedicated to treating and protecting the Hawaiian monk seal.
September 08, 2014 by Joan Hamilton
On the one-year anniversary of what came to be called the 2013 Morgan Fire, there’s good news to report. See the recovery in this series of slideshows by Joan Hamilton.
September 05, 2014 by Becca Andrews
In a single agricultural field on the San Mateo County coast, the entire known world population of Ornduff’s meadowfoam is thriving.
August 13, 2014 by Carmen Taylor
A new iPad app, Wild Bee Gardening, draws on the knowledge of native bee experts to bring native bee conservation and gardening into the digital realm.
August 07, 2014 by Sabine Bergmann
After 12 years of study, an ambitious citizen science effort has recorded population figures for 34 different types of algae and invertebrates at 70 different monitoring sites. Sixty percent of the 4,000 participants have been high schoolers. Their work, scientists say, is a legitimate contribution to marine science.
August 04, 2014 by Mary Ellen Hannibal
It’s not “news” to Bay Nature readers that climate change is in the process of giving a serious thwack to living systems. But what’s less well understood is how plants and animals and the habitats they inhabit are moving—and being altered—in response to changing temperature and precipitation patterns.
August 04, 2014 by John Hart
In a world thoroughly worked over by humankind, wilderness is our term for those places that seem the least altered, the least managed. It identifies the rawer end of a spectrum, with downtown San Francisco on one end and, say, the Wrangell Mountains on the other. But the word is elastic.
July 30, 2014 by Joan Hamilton
The temperature rises to well over 90 degrees on Mount Diablo these days—hot enough to bake many small plants. But the little green shrubs have just begun to stage their comeback. It’s springtime in the chaparral.