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Ask the Naturalist: Best spots to photograph Bay Area butterflies?

August 21, 2014 by Liam O'Brien

Doesn’t get much better for eye candy than a butterfly on a flower, right?

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Bear, Elk and Talking Ape in Post-Apocalypse Muir Woods: What Are the Chances?*

August 14, 2014 by Sabine Bergmann

A herd of elk and a grizzly bear make an appearance in Muir Woods in the opening scene of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Would such megafauna stage a comeback 10 years after humans are mostly killed off?

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Love a Shark? Save a Wetland

August 12, 2014 by Eric Simons

The resident sharks of the San Francisco Bay rely on healthy tidal wetlands.

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Ask The Naturalist: Can Deer Twins Be Born on Different Days?

July 28, 2014 by David Lukas

This week’s guest naturalist David Lukas has the answer to a reader’s intriguing cervid question.

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Video of Snakes Caught in the Act in Petaluma

June 26, 2014 by Eric Simons

A few months ago a Point Blue Conservation Science staff member spotted two happy king snakes engaged in an act of passion at the edge of Shollenberger Marsh. Here’s the video.

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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

Gardening for Wild Bees? Now There’s an App for That

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.

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The Scientists are Amateurs, But Their Coastal Research Makes a Splash

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.

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TBC3: Wrestling Climate Change to the Ground

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.

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Bay Area Wild: Reflections on 50 Years of Wilderness Protection

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.

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On Mount Diablo, Springtime in the Summer Heat

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.

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A Bird’s Eye View of the Morgan Fire, Now Available from Google

July 30, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

One way to check out the 2013 Morgan fire is to tromp around on Mount Diablo’s trails. Then there’s another option: check out satellite photos.

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“By the Wind” Sailors: Seasonal Velella beaching mystery solved

July 30, 2014 by Michael Ellis

Recently, Bay Area beachcombers have been spotting dozens of mysterious blue jelly-like creatures littering the beaches. What are they, and why are they here? Bay Nature naturalist Michael Ellis explains.

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American Kestrel Population Drops Dramatically, And Without Fanfare

July 29, 2014 by Elizabeth Devitt

At the national level, the American kestrel population has been plummeting. Researchers in Santa Cruz are trying to learn more about the surprisingly mysterious birds.

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Tracking the Ghost Cat: Mountain Lions Remain Elusive in the East Bay

July 25, 2014 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

The Bay Area Puma Project team has been collaring mountain lions and monitoring remote motion-sensor cameras throughout the East Bay. It’s not easy tracking the elusive cats, but it’s vital to understanding how to protect them.

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In San Francisco, A Dying Forest Waits for Action

July 23, 2014 by Becca Andrews

Mount Sutro’s once-thriving blue gum eucalyptus trees are dying. At the moment, though, there’s no approved environmental impact report for maintenance, and in the absence of major work conditions are deteriorating fast.

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