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San Francisco Mulls Commercial Butterfly Release Ban

December 11, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

San Francisco may become the first U.S. city to ban the release of commercially raised butterflies at ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, and charity events.

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Do the Presidio’s new dog walking rules go far enough?

April 02, 2013 by Heather Mack

Limits on commercial dog walkers in the Presidio has some nature lovers questioning: Should they be allowed at all?

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Nature in the City

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

Nature in the City sponsors a wide array of programs in San Francisco to restore and protect natural habitats in the city, and ot connect people with those habitats.

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EndangerBus Feature: Mission Blue Butterfly

December 23, 2010 by Bay Nature Staff

If you're lucky some spring day in a few small patches of land near San Francisco, you may catch the glint of a male mission blue butterfly's iridescent wings. If you are so fortunate, thank the determined conservationists who've been working to protect a small butterfly from big threats.

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Next Frontier for Restoration: Your Backyard

December 16, 2010 by Erica Reder

Environmental action often hinges on what not to do at home: don't leave lights on, don't bring home plastic bags, don't use pesticides. But what about actively creating a wildlife habitat right outside your backdoor? San Franciscans will soon have help doing just that, from the nonprofit Nature in the City, which will offer backyard habitat services.

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“Nature Belongs in Our Cities”

October 01, 2010 by Ingrid Hawkinson

Ruth Gravanis is a long-time advocate for the protection and restoration of San Francisco's natural ecosystems. In her efforts to preserve these precious remnants, she has volunteered countless hours with many organizations, from the Friends of Candlestick Point, to the Sierra Club to Nature in the City. She's currently advocating for the rich and varied native habitats of Yerba Buena Island, and for sustainable development of the island.

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Reimagining the Twin Peaks Bioregion

July 08, 2010 by Vanessa Thill

When the fog rolls in at Twin Peaks on a summer evening, the city recedes, and it gets a bit easier to imagine a 10-mile path connecting natural open space from Crissy Field through Twin Peaks and Glen Canyon down to Candlestick Point. That image occupies Claire Beyer's mind, and it's the ultimate goal of her project, known as the Twin Peaks Bioregional Parks Project.

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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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Yerba Buena Island Habitat Restoration

April 01, 2009 by Aleta George

In a scorching Indian summer day in 1886, three to four thousand people climbed the steep goat trails to the ...

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A Helping Hand for the Hairstreak

April 01, 2009 by Josiah Clark

It has been said that the movement of a butterfly's wings can change the course of world events. Some San Francisco neighbors hope that will be true for the green hairstreak...

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