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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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Ask the Naturalist
Can You Take the Temperature By Cricket?

Is it true that some crickets can tell us the temperature? If so, how does it work and what are the Bay Area species to listen for?

Signs of the Season
Meet the Bay Area’s Migrating Dragonflies

Most of the things flying over your head aren’t birds. Meet some of the large insects that propel themselves around the world and stop in Northern California.

The “Ivory-Billed Woodpecker of Rare Wildflowers” is Now An Unlikely Symbol of Success in an Era of Extinction

The Mount Diablo Buckwheat disappeared in the 1930s. It was thought to be extinct. A single population was rediscovered in 2005. And then last year botanists found a new population numbering in the millions. How has this rarest of rare plants survived?

Two Almost Identical Lupines Live in the Same Place. One is Rare, One Not. Why?

A new journal article tries to answer an ecological mystery at Point Reyes.

On the Trail
The Charms of Tolay Lake Regional Park

In the Alaguali tradition, this lake in Sonoma County was a place of healing. Charmstones found in the lake bed date to more than 4,000 years old, and come from as far away as Mexico.

Are the Bay Area’s Parks Too Crowded?

Are crowded parks, like traffic or sprawl, another symptom of the Bay Area’s economic boom? Not necessarily.

Bay Nature