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Why Is it So Hot If There’s No El Nino?

January 23, 2015 by Eric Simons

The ocean is hot. The state is hot. The globe is hot. Oh, yeah, and it’s 70 degrees in January. Why? And does it have anything to do with El Nino?

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What is the mystery substance that killed East Bay seabirds?

January 20, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

State investigators will begin testing a mystery substance that has killed or injured more than 200 seabirds in the San Francisco Bay.

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Are Humans Part of Wild Nature?

January 15, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

New documentary film series explores how humans and nature are codependent.

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Ask the Naturalist: Do pelicans carry their babies in their pouches?

January 09, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

A first-grade teacher asks: Do pelicans ever carry their young in their pouches? We asked International Bird Rescue for the answer.

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Time — and Late Fall Rain — Revitalize Mount Diablo

January 05, 2015 by Joan Hamilton

On the last day of 2014, Joan Hamilton walked around Green Ranch Road on Mount Diablo to see what a full year, and some long-awaited rain, had done to the Morgan Fire burn area.

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Latest Videos

California Poppies with Michael Ellis

December 29, 2014 by Rick Bacigalupi

Naturalist Michael Ellis explains the golden state’s namesake flower.

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Committed to Coho

December 29, 2014 by Rick Bacigalupi

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River Otters Return

December 29, 2014 by Rick Bacigalupi

River Otter Ecology Project executive director Megan Isadore and her team work tirelessly to research the return of the cute and charismatic river otter to Northern California. See them smiling for their closeups in this Season 5 installment of Bay Nature on the Air.

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Latest Articles

California’s Drought, As Measured From the Sky

January 22, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

Up until recently, there were limited and fairly antiquated options on how to measure California’s snowpack.

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Preserving Agriculture, Restoring a Watershed, and Getting Help from the Locals To Do It

January 16, 2015 by Carmen Taylor

T he early morning fog was lifting from the Diablo and Santa Cruz mountain ranges as 65 second graders unloaded from a yellow school bus and walked across the exuberantly green floodplain of Gonzales Farm. This flatland just outside of Gilroy stretches between the two coastal ranges, glowing green following the December rains like a […]

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Fishing the Rip, Part 2

January 08, 2015 by Beth Slatkin

Jack Harrison, 26, is a wilderness and fly-fishing guide and the lead survival instructor at Adventure Out outdoor school based in Santa Cruz. We caught up with Jack as he returned from a morning of ocean fishing at Stinson Beach. Describe some of the personal wilderness expeditions you’ve taken. I’m an big fly-fisherman. In winter […]

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Bay Buffet: The Spawn of the Pacific Herring

January 08, 2015 by Eric Simons

The pulses in this silver fish wave, reaching up to a mile long by a mile wide, represent perhaps the largest aggregations of animals you’ll ever find in Northern California.

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A Voice for Native Plants Turns 50

January 07, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

U ntil a few years ago, few people knew about the rare plant communities that persisted quietly in a lightly used city park in the Oakland hills. If people were aware of Knowland Park it was largely because of its proximity to the Oakland Zoo, which sits in a corner of the park and manages […]

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Stalking the Elusive, Scientists Carry on Bowerman’s Mount Diablo Legacy

January 05, 2015 by Joan Hamilton

The 3,100-acre Morgan Fire provided opportunities for scientists. One of the main goals: to learn how plant and animal communities rebuild themselves after a major disturbance.

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A New Twist on Saving Salmon — and Keeping West Marin Affordable

December 30, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Coho salmon need help, but so do people with modest incomes. A new initiative seeks to bridge the two.

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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.


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.