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Bay Nature Co-Founders Honored at CGF Gala

October 05, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

On October 4, 2015, the Committee for Green Foothills honored Bay Nature co-founders David Loeb and Malcolm Margolin (publisher of Heyday Books) for their significant contributions to the Bay Area nature community.

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El Niño Update: It’s Going to Rain (Almost Certainly, Probably)

October 02, 2015 by Les Rowntree

The forecaster mood and message is upbeat these days, with less hedging and more agreement that, yes, this El Niño winter could be a wet one.


Evolution’s Tangled Web

October 01, 2015 by Alisa Opar

Why do so many of our local spiders have traits from the earliest stages of spider development?

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On the Fence

October 01, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

The recovery of the nearly extinct Tule Elk has become a dilemma for the park service, ranchers, and environmentalists at Point Reyes.


Harvest of Fire

September 30, 2015 by Joan Hamilton

A journalist spends two years documenting the dramatic changes that the Morgan Fire brought to Mount Diablo.

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Here We Go A-Spidering

September 29, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

Spiderwebs are nature's most ideal trap. And different web types represent a different evolutionary strategy of ensnaring a meal.

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Ask the Naturalist: Seabird Feeding Frenzy at Point Montara

September 25, 2015 by Alvaro Jaramillo

Why are large numbers of seabirds congregating off Point Montara?

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Why’s It Called El Niño, and How Did Scientists Figure Out What It Is?

September 15, 2015 by Julia Busiek

The explanation for El Niño has been revealed only slowly, piece by piece over a century, as dedicated researchers in far-flung locations searched for explanations for the droughts and deluges they witnessed.

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What Flows Beneath Temescal

September 08, 2015 by Coby McDonald

Temescal Creek flows through concrete culverts from Lake Temescal through the flats of Oakland and Emeryville, into San Francisco Bay—out of sight and largely out of mind. Creek advocates are hoping to change that.


The Black Oystercatcher Gets ‘Climate Endangered’ Status — But It’s Complicated

September 04, 2015 by Timothy Hill

The popular black oystercatcher has been labeled "climate endangered" by Audubon. What does that mean for birds in the Bay Area?


Basking Sharks Appear, Briefly, In Monterey Bay — But Don’t Call It a Comeback

September 04, 2015 by Lauren McNulty

Enormous basking sharks were once common off Monterey, but it’s now very rare to see as many sharks in one place as were reported in July.

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Ask the Naturalist: The Secret of the Slender Redwoods

September 03, 2015 by David Herlocker

Why are some stands of redwoods so spindly? Marin County Parks naturalist David Herlocker explains this anomaly.

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Richardson Bay Sea Otter Likely Died From Parasite, Biotoxin

September 02, 2015 by Eric Simons

The sea otter that spent three weeks in Richardson Bay in late June and early July likely died of a “one-two punch” of domoic acid poisoning and infection from the possum-borne parasite Sarcocystis neurona, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife pathologist says.

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Today in El Niño Advice: Don’t Worry About The Blob

September 01, 2015 by Eric Simons

The Pacific Ocean is the hottest we've ever seen it. What that means -- or doesn't -- for the coming El Niño.