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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.

An octopus walking on land

December 21, 2011 by Bay Nature

A Fitzgerald Marine Reserve cephalopod makes its way from one tide pool to another in this unusual daytime video. The nocturnal animal is likely looking for dinner, says an expert. .

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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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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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