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On a Now-Protected Ranch Above Tomales Bay, a Chance to ‘Give the Land What It Deserves’

July 10, 2015 by Brett Simpson

A rare agricultural biodiversity survey gives MALT a chance to explore its stunning new acquisition above Tomales Bay.


A Pretty Pink Nudibranch Moves North, and It’s a ‘Canary in the Tidepool’ for Climate Change

May 10, 2015 by Kaitlyn Kraybill-Voth

At low tide on the North Coast right now, the tidepools teem with Hopkins' rose nudibranchs. “This is not normal business as usual," says scientist Terry Gosliner.


Are Humans Part of Wild Nature? Interview with M. Sanjayan

January 15, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

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

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California Academy of Sciences Acquires iNaturalist

May 06, 2014 by Eric Simons

The California Academy of Sciences acquired the nature-cataloguing tool iNaturalist in late April in a merger of two of the Bay Area’s most prominent faces of public science.

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The Fish We Never Knew

April 16, 2014 by Eric Simons

The Galapagos damselfish exists only in the specimens collection at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the victim of an unusually strong El Nino. Thoughts on the fish, and its lessons in a changing world.


Nudibranchs, Kings of the Tidepool, Command An Audience

April 14, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

There are lots of pretty pictures of the 3,000 nudibranchs species already discovered, but few specifics. Key elements of their fundamental biology are still poorly understood, or not understood at all. Or not even examined.


What’s Small, Ladybug-Like, and Golden All Over?

February 27, 2014 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

A few years ago a Bay Nature reader spotted something golden and shiny on her carpet. Suspecting it was a piece of jewelry she picked it up, only to find it was alive! What kind of beetle is golden, metallic and looks like a ladybug?


Orcas of the California Coast: Deciphering the Culture of Killer Whales

January 13, 2014 by Sarah Allen

Our growing understanding of orca ecotypes — bolstered by recent advances in research technology and protocols — has been a major key to unlocking the mystery of the killer whales of the eastern North Pacific.


The Making of The Boneman: How a Bookseller from Homer, Alaska Became the California Academy of Sciences’ Orca Skeleton Expert

January 08, 2014 by Eric Simons

Why the California Academy of Sciences brought in a bookseller from Homer, Alaska to help lead the articulation of its rare orca skeleton -- and how Lee Post became “Lee Post AKA The Boneman,” one of the world’s leading authorities on the re-putting-together of beached whales.


Alligator keeper and salamander seeker

December 18, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

When we put out the call for photos to go along with our forthcoming salamander feature by David Rains Wallace, ...

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