According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2013 was the year of the snake. For California, it was the driest year in recorded history. For the Endangered Species Act, 2013 signaled its 40th year anniversary. And for the California Audubon Society, 2013 was the year of the burrowing owl.
For Bay Nature, 2013 brought environmental news, features and photography celebrating and capturing not only nature’s beauty but its resiliency and vulnerability.
Monarch butterfly populations in the Bay Area were at about half of their 2012 numbers.
San Francisco’s infamous Sutro Sam was receiving a little too much attention earlier this year.
Volunteers transformed Pedro Point, home to the new Devil’s Slide tunnels, into a healthier wildlife habitat that’s also a great outdoors destination.
Photographer Joan Sparks, gave us a glimpse into the life of 24 year old bald eagle, Sequoia.
The 2013 Endangered Species Day coincided with the 40th Anniversary of the federal Endangered Species Act.
For the first time in 150 years, beavers returned to the heart of San Jose’s Guadalupe River.
The East Bay Regional Park District purchased the Roddy Ranch property east of Mount Diablo as conservation land that will serve as an important wildlife corridor.
What’s in store for the desert species who’ve come to rely on an undeveloped landscape now threatened by fracking the Monterey shale?
Mount Diablo’s Morgan fire brought California’s year of wildfires close to home.
Humpback whales often enter the Monterey Bay to feed in the summer months. This year, huge anchovy runs brought them in by the hundreds.
As supporters fight to save Knowland Park from the impending Oakland Zoo expansion, they are drawing attention to not only the gnarled coast live oak and stands of rare, maritime chaparral but also the thriving lichen community living beneath them.
A proposal under NOAA consideration would more than double the size of the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries.