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Place and Population Size Shape the Sonoran Blue, A Contender for Bay Area’s ‘Most Beautiful Butterfly’

June 10, 2016 by Isabel Soloaga

The Sonoran Blue is, according to some experts, the most beautiful butterfly in the Bay Area. Alum Rock Park in San Jose is the best place to find them, and even there it’s not easy.

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Ask the Naturalist: Is That Butterfly Supposed To Be Here Now?

November 12, 2015 by Liam O'Brien

A San Francisco reader wonders about the bright orange-red butterfly he recently spotted in his backyard.

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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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First Person: Environmental Education Award Winner Liam O’Brien

April 21, 2014 by Eric Simons

The architect of urban butterfly habitat projects like Tigers on Market Street and the Green Hairstreak Corridor, and the restoration of Mission blues on Twin Peaks, Liam O’Brien is a man on a mission to prove that habitats for humans and habitats for butterflies aren’t mutually exclusive.

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The Beauty and the Cheeseweed, a San Francisco Butterfly Love Story

February 28, 2014 by Eric Simons

Of the 35 breeding butterfly species in San Francisco, 25 have now found a non-native host plant they can work with. In an area this urban, undesirable weeds growing in sidewalk cracks have become vital to the life of butterflies.

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2014 Local Hero Award Winner for Environmental Education

January 02, 2014 by Bay Nature Staff

>> Liam was recently interviewed on KQED-FM’s Forum about his life in lepidoptery (2/7/14). LISTEN A trained stage actor (who ...

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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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Top 10 signs of climate change in Northern California

September 05, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

A new state report compiles evidence that California's climate is rapidly changing.

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Butterflies in bloom

May 09, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Have you ever seen a butterfly emerge from its pupa? Now's your chance.

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A walk among butterflies

August 01, 2012 by Jen Joynt

I never quite know what I might find when I set out with my camera, my binoculars, and my wandering ...

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