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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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When It Rains, It Pours: Historic Drought and Atmospheric Rivers

July 27, 2015 by Les Rowntree

Current climate change research suggests California’s weather could become even more variable than in the past, a “new normal” of drier dry periods punctuated by wetter winter storms.

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What Could You Do With 13 Acres of Brand-New Parkland In San Francisco’s Presidio?

July 20, 2015 by Melanie Hess

By sinking Doyle Drive into a tunnel, the Presidio has created an additional 13 acres of open space. Now the question is how to use it -- and the Presidio Trust wants the public to help decide.

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First Person: Watching the Weather with Daniel Swain

July 20, 2015 by Eric Simons

Climate scientist Daniel Swain runs the California Weather Blog, a must-read for weather nerds. He's most famous, though, for something he did almost as an afterthought: He’s the one who gave the name “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” to the pattern that’s being blamed for our three years of drought.

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Richardson Bay Sea Otter, First in San Francisco Bay Since 2011, Dies

July 16, 2015 by Eric Simons

A young sea otter that had spent the last several weeks living in Richardson Bay died over the weekend.

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Killer Plant Pathogen Is Widespread at SFPUC’s Alameda County and Peninsula Restoration Sites

July 16, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

Phytophthora tentaculata, a new and particularly pernicious strain of dangerous plant pathogens that has been on a federal watch list, was found throughout one of the SFPUC's restoration sites in central Alameda County.

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Ride on the Wild Side: Exploring the East Bay Parks by Mountain Bike

July 13, 2015 by Greg Fisher

Mountain biking is among the fastest-growing recreational activities in the East Bay Regional Parks. Follow along for a ride with Austin McInerny of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.

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Pelagic Birding for Beginners

July 13, 2015 by Maureen Lahiff

We’re fortunate in the Bay Area to have access to good day-long pelagic birding trips. Here are some tips from the Golden Gate Audubon Society.

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On a Now-Protected Ranch Above Tomales Bay, a Chance to ‘Give the Land What It Deserves’

July 10, 2015 by Brett Simpson

A rare agricultural biodiversity survey gives MALT a chance to explore its stunning new acquisition above Tomales Bay.

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Ask the Naturalist: What’s the Best Time and Place to See Meteors?

July 06, 2015 by Michael Ellis

What's the best time and place to see meteor showers from the Bay Area?

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Bayview: On the Trail, With Wheels

July 06, 2015 by David Loeb

Bay Nature's publisher wrestles with the issue of bikes in parks.

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Letter: George Wuerthner Responds to Sheila Barry

July 05, 2015 by George Wuerthner

An ecologist argues that endorsing the benefits of livestock ignores the many negative impacts cows have on water quality, wildlife, plant communities, soils, and ecosystems.

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The Randall Museum Closes for a Makeover, and the Animals Get a Big Adventure

July 01, 2015 by Chelsea Leu

On moving day at the remodeling Randall Museum, beloved animals leave their home for the next year.

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Native Plant Nurseries Get Ahead of Dangerous Pathogens

June 29, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

Perhaps the biggest contribution to the fight against phytophthora has been a call to action in the restoration nursery trade.

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