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A Condor Recovery, Fueled By Volunteers, Needs More Help

August 26, 2015 by Elizabeth Rogers

Through their numbers are on the right track, the condor population isn’t self-sustaining. Condors in the wild still face significant threats from lead poisoning and micro trash, and require constant monitoring -- most of it by volunteers.

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El Niño’s Here. What Does That Actually Mean?

August 25, 2015 by Les Rowntree

Two strong historical El Nino wet winters nurture hope for relief from our current drought. But there are several good reasons to hedge about the coming winter.

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The Peninsula Watershed: To Open, Or Not To Open?

August 20, 2015 by Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton

The 23,000 acres around Crystal Springs are prime hiking territory in an urban region desperate for more places to get outdoors. They're also home to numerous endangered species, and critical to San Francisco's drinking water supply.

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Q&A: The Unseen Peninsula’s Private Photographer

August 20, 2015 by Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton

“I am what poet, farmer, essayist and author Wendell Berry might call a placed person, and this is my home.”

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Ask the Naturalist: Why are deer droppings so tiny?

August 19, 2015 by Cat Taylor

Why are deer droppings so small? East Bay Regional Parks' Cat Taylor has the scoop on ungulate poop.

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What’s Living in the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge? Plenty, Still.

August 13, 2015 by Timothy Hill

The Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge might not look like much. But its industrial surroundings hide a biodiversity gem.

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In Tough Year for Seals and Sea Lions, Rescue Center Works Overtime

August 12, 2015 by Melanie Hess

In a normal year, The Marine Mammal Center rescues around 600 animals. It's only August, and they're way, way past that number.

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The Lost Birds of Point Reyes

August 10, 2015 by Carolyn Longstreth

As birding became more popular in the 1970s and 1980s, records of the rare sightings accumulated from Point Reyes and other local “vagrant traps,” coastal sites with high concentrations of vagrant birds.

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How to Get Along With Coyotes As Pups Venture Out

August 06, 2015 by Janet Kessler

Tips from coyote watcher Janet Kessler on coexisting with urban predators.

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What Moths Live in the East Bay Hills? On ‘Moth Night,’ A Chance to Find Out

August 06, 2015 by Brett Simpson

“Moths are definitely under-appreciated,” says the moth expert leading a nighttime moth expedition in El Cerrito. “People are scared of them. You don’t really get to see them, except when they’re knocking on your window or crowding your porch lights.”

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Edges of Extinction

August 04, 2015 by Nicholas Weiler

UC Santa Cruz ecologist Barry Sinervo studies dying species like a detective at a murder scene, hoping to identify animals near the brink of extinction.

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Q&A: San Francisco Public Press Reporter Kevin Stark on Sea Level Rise and Bay Area Preparations

July 30, 2015 by Eric Simons

Reporter Kevin Stark, one of the co-authors on a major new sea level rise project from the San Francisco Public Press, talks about the challenges of thinking about and reporting on sea level rise in the Bay Area.

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Ask The Naturalist: Why Do Honeybees Clean Themselves?

July 30, 2015 by Eric Mussen and Elina Nino

Some have suggested that the inside of a hive is as clean as a hospital room. Maybe or maybe not. But honey bees are one tidy creature.

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After Decades Away, Western Pond Turtles Come Home to Mountain Lake

July 28, 2015 by Lauren McNulty

Biologists released western pond turtles into Mountain Lake, marking another big step in the San Francisco lake's comeback.

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