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Butterflies, Pelicans, and Bobcats at Point Reyes

February 06, 2012 by Jules Evens

As part of his Point Reyes Walkabout, Jules Evens covers 10 miles on the Estero Trail, spots a bobcat, and logs a record-early sighting of a common butterfly, possibly thanks to climate change.

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Endangered Antioch Butterfly Needs a Hand

September 26, 2011 by Richard Karevoll

On a 55-acre lot in Antioch, a few biologists and a crew of volunteers are waging a battle to protect a vanishing bit of the natural world. The cause isn’t easily seen: No whales are threatened and the public isn’t in danger of losing a grove of old-growth redwoods. Instead, an endangered and rapidly dwindling species of butterfly teeters on the brink of extinction. And this week, you can help.

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Saving Bay Area Ecosystems, One Chorus Frog at a Time

August 04, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

If you happen to be in El Cerrito and hear a frog calling, or catch sight of a large yellow butterfly flitting through your yard, it might be Jim McKissock’s doing.

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Looking for Butterflies at Huckleberry Preserve

May 25, 2011 by Rick Bacigalupi

The Bay Area’s most enthusiastic lepidopterist, Liam O’Brien, takes us on a tour of Huckleberry Preserve in the Oakland hills.

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The Color of Flight

April 01, 2011 by Joe Eaton

From migrating monarchs to giant yellow swallowtails to tiny pygmy blues, butterflies are endlessly enthralling. For folks like retired East Bay Regional Parks naturalist Jan Southworth and artist Liam O’Brien, what started as an interest in colorful insects became a passion for creating nectar gardens and protecting habitat to sustain butterfly populations in San Francisco, the East Bay, and beyond.

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Last Dance on San Bruno Mountain

January 01, 2011 by Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe-McFerrin goes in search of rare butterflies on San Bruno Mountain, an island of native habitat besieged by subdivisions, roads, and invasive weeds.

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Painted Wings

July 01, 2010 by MaryAnn Nardo

MaryAnn Nardo’s luminous watercolors capture species’ whole life cycles, from larvae feeding on host plants to winged adults in search of nectar.

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Counting Butterflies

April 01, 2010 by Aleta George

On June 7, butterfly lovers in San Francisco will be out taking a count, and you can help.

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Development Threatens San Bruno Mountain Butterflies

January 25, 2010 by Donna Whitmarsh

It’s an old story. Another species that once flourished is being pushed to extinction by modern human encroachment. The callippe silverspot has been gradually pushed into a few remaining islands of habitat, including San Bruno Mountain south of San Francisco. Critics say a long-simmering development proposal threatens that habitat.

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Bees, Butterflies, and Other Insect Pollinators

March 26, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal

Insects have fascinating lives and behaviors most of us never notice. But if you spend even 15 minutes watching bees

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