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Bay Nature in the Field

Bird banding with SF Bay Bird Observatory

July 05, 2012 by Rick Bacigalupi

How do scientists study small birds like warblers and sparrows? Mist nets! The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory has been netting and examining birds along Coyote Creek near San Jose since 1982. Come along to learn all about how SFBBO gathers important data about our local and migrating birds.

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A Trip to the Headlands with Doris Sloan, Rock Star

November 17, 2011 by Rick Bacigalupi

Take a trip to the world-famous Marin Headlands, and back in time a few many million years, with Doris Sloan, the geologist who wrote the book on Bay Area geology and has taught thousands about the rocks beneath our feet. Sloan tells us about the remarkable rocks of the headlands, from radiolarian chert made of […]

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LandPath’s Bayer Farm, Santa Rosa

May 26, 2011 by Rick Bacigalupi

Join us for a tour of Bayer Farm, a small community farm in the Roseland neighborhood of Santa Rosa, CA. This farm was one of the three we featured in our 2011 special on Bay Area Food Landscapes. Produced by Rick Bacigalupi

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Rancho Corral de Tierra, Soon to Become Part of GGNRA

May 26, 2011 by Dan Rademacher

The Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) purchased Rancho Corral de Tierra on Montara Mountain to protect it from development. Now it’s set to become the newest part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Public access is still a ways off, but Paul Ringgold of POST took a group of Bay Nature Publisher’s Circle members […]

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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. With cold keeping the butterflies in hiding, O’Brien provides a wonderful short course on butterflies and moths. By Rick Bacigalupi, with production assistance by Daniel Okamura.

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The flowers of Jepson Prairie

May 03, 2011 by Rick Bacigalupi

Follow along on a docent-led walk among the wildflowers of Solano County’s Jepson Prairie, one of the best remaining examples of vernal pool habitats, remarkable seasonal wetlands that once dotted the Central Valley. The pools swell with winter rains and then dry through summer and fall. As they do, a parade of different wildflowers appear […]

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Jepson Prairie’s Weird, Wonderful Wildlife

May 03, 2011 by Rick Bacigalupi

Jepson Prairie, in Solano County, is home to vernal pools — and otherworldly invertebrates that look a bit like tiny trilobytes or horseshoe crabs! The remarkable creatures of the pools, from tadpole shrimp to tiger salamanders, have evolved to thrive in an environment of extremes — deep rain-fed pools all winter and dry hardpan all […]

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Salt Point Geology and History

December 21, 2010 by Rick Bacigalupi

Geologist Tom Williams and retired Salt Point State Park ranger Bill Walton lead a Bay Nature walk through geology and culture at this park on the Sonoma Coast. Salt Point has remarkable “tafoni” sandstone fretwork, tidepools, and great views. Very much worth the trip! With his company Williams GeoAdventures, Tom leads great trips to destinations […]

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Read the Rocks at Castle Rock

October 13, 2010 by Rick Bacigalupi

Come along on our hike at Castle Rock State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This park is a magnet for rock climbers and geology buffs for the same reason: giant rock outcroppings laced with fretwork and other odd shapes formed by long action of wind and rain, along with a little basic chemistry. The […]

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The 100,000th Acre for East Bay Parks

January 12, 2010 by Rick Bacigalupi

Special Event Video! East Bay Regional Park District acquisition chief Bob Doyle led Bay Nature readers on a hike at the recently purchased Tyler Ranch, home to the 100,000th acre in the park district, which also turned 75 years old in 2009. Produced by Rick Bacigalupi, with production assistance from Daniel Okamura

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