Our Favorite Bay Nature Stories of 2018

December 26, 2018

We published more than 129 stories in print and online this year. Here are seven of our particular favorites.

Meet the Urban Osprey

osprey
(Photo by Randall Bryett)

July 2018

Writer Kim Todd takes us into a seeming natural history puzzle: why are there suddenly so many osprey in the San Francisco Bay Area? Along the way we get to know a much-beloved raptor she calls “a little bit punk. A little bit geeky.”

The New California State Parks

April 2018

“California is America in fast forward,” Parks Forward Commissioner Lance Conn tells writer Alissa Greenberg, in this wide-ranging story about the future of the most-visited park system in the nation. “If you’re not broadening access, parks are dead.”

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Disrupt the Street Tree 

street coast live oak in Cupertino
(Photo by Robin Grossinger, SFEI)

January 2018

Why do cities look the same? Why do people say there’s no there there in Silicon Valley? Bay Nature digital editor Eric Simons walks from Apple to Google to observe the South Bay’s surprisingly anonymous street trees — a cosmopolitan collection you’re likely to find well-represented in just about every other urban area on the planet.

Breaking Our Illusion of Control Over Disasters

(Photo by Faith Kearns)

January 2018

Scientist Faith Kearns has researched drought and wildfire for a decade. After the 2017 North Bay fires, she writes, something finally seems to have changed in our conversations about natural disaster. 

Imagine the Future San Francisco Bay Shoreline

San Pablo Bay design drawing
(Design drawing courtesy Common Ground)

July 2018

Can the Bay Area design its way out of sea level rise? Zach St. George follows a year-long challenge meant to provide inspiration in our thinking about the future.

Are Baby Rattlesnakes the Most Dangerous Biters?

neonate rattlesnake
(Photo by Zach Lim)

May 2018

No doubt you’ve heard this one before — baby rattlesnakes are more dangerous than adults because they can’t control their venom. But you’ve heard wrong, writes Tony Iwane in our most popular mythbusting story of the year.

What’s In a Scientific Name?

branches
(Photo by Roman Pavluv on Unsplash)

October 2018

Latin names can be off-putting. But look deeper, writes graduate student Grace Ha as she decides on the name for a new species she’s discovered, and you’ll understand everything better.

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