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We post the best local nature videos we find from YouTube here, but Bay Nature also produces several kinds of videos and you can see them all here. Broadcast on Northern California public TV stations, our Bay Nature on the Air segments showcase the natural diversity of local ecosystems and natural attractions. You’ll also find videos of our naturalist-guided hikes and audio slideshows that inform you about Bay Area parks and wildlife.

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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Western Fence Lizard

December 30, 2010 by Rick Bacigalupi

Western fence lizards are a common sight in Bay Area parks on sunny days. “When you see them,” says naturalist Michael Ellis, “you should feel good, because if there’s fence lizards, that’s a good place to be. Produced by Rick Bacigalupi, with production assistance from Daniel Okamura

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Western Rattlesnakes

December 30, 2010 by Rick Bacigalupi

Naturalist Michael Ellis says western rattlesnakes eat lots of rodents and they’re just plain cool! Rattlesnakes are the only snakes in the world that have a mechanism for warning you that they are nearby. How’s that for manners? Return the favor by leaving snakes alone when you see them on the trail.

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Teetering Turkey Vultures

December 30, 2010 by Rick Bacigalupi

Birders call them TVs, and they are fun to watch, as they teeter along hillsides, cliff faces, even right in the city. Turkey vultures are also among very few birds with a sense of smell. That comes in handy when you’re looking for tasty dead critters!

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Native California Tarantulas

December 30, 2010 by Rick Bacigalupi

Naturalist Katie Colbert introduces us to the amazing tarantulas that wander the interior hills of the Bay Area. These large spiders might seem scary, but really they’re pretty shy — and yet amazing to watch!  Produced with production assistance from Daniel Okamura

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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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