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"The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker of Rare Wildflowers" This is a photo that botanists in the 20th century never thought would exist. Mount Diablo buckwheat was believed extinct after 1930 before its spectacular rediscovery on the mountain in 2005. In 2016 came an even more startling find: millions of seedlings on a slope in Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. David Rains Wallace tells the story in the July-September issue of Bay Nature. | Photo by Lech Naumovich, Golden Hour Restoration Institute

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How Extreme Heat Caught San Francisco By Surprise Over Labor Day Weekend

Forecasters thought it would be hot in San Francisco over Labor Day — meaning, you know, in the high 80s. Instead it was 106. What happened?

Ask The Naturalist: Why Are There So Many Birds On the Beach At One Time?

Head to the beach on one of these late summer days and you’re liable to come across a wonderful spectacle of nature: the feeding frenzy.

Helping Bees Beat the Heat

Hot weather can be tough on our local wildlife, including wild bees. But you can help by making a safe “watering hole” for tiny pollinators.

Ask the Naturalist: Where Can I Find Old Growth Redwoods in the Bay Area?

Crowded Muir Woods isn’t the only place in the Bay Area to wander amongst old-growth redwoods.

Find a Lot of Bugs When You Clean Your Backyard Swimming Pool? Scientists Want to See Them

A new citizen science project looks closely at the insect gold mine that is backyard pools — and already it’s found potentially new species.

Ask the Naturalist: How Does a Spider Make Silk?

How spiders create protein-rich liquid and turn it into silk.

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