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The Ethics of Shooting the Wild

March 26, 2015 by Paul Epstein

Acclaimed Inverness-based wildlife photographer Daniel Dietrich is raising awareness around the shifty practice of owl baiting in the field to get a better shot.

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Second Spring

March 23, 2015 by Joan Hamilton

Eighteen months after a fire, what to look for on Mount Diablo

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San Francisco’s Native Bees Do the Job Just Fine

March 17, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

San Francisco gardeners should take heart. There's enough native bees around to do your pollinating.

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Pioneering The Mammal Big Day

March 12, 2015 by Peter Pyle

The idea of recording as many mammals as you can see in 24 hours hasn't caught on the way the birding big day has. But when a team of longtime biologists set out into the field, their efforts netted them some important new information about Northern California's wild mammals -- and a new North American record.

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A Natural History of That Little Yellow Flower That’s Everywhere Right Now

March 11, 2015 by Chelsea Leu

Oxalis provides a delightful burst of yellow color in the spring. Also, it's eating the entire Bay Area alive.

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Should I Plant Milkweed to Save the Monarchs?

March 03, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

The road to hell is paved with good intentions — or sometimes, with milkweed.

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Fighting to Save, and Popularize, San Bruno Mountain

February 26, 2015 by Eric Simons

David Schooley and San Bruno Mountain Watch have done much to save San Bruno Mountain. Now they want to share it with the world.

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Without Racial Diversity, Do Enviros Risk Becoming Marginalized?

February 25, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

UC Berkeley professor Carolyn Finney explains why environmentalists should support biodiversity — and racial diversity.

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A Landscape Shaped By Fear on Mount Diablo

February 24, 2015 by Joan Hamilton

What causes the strip of bare dirt between chaparral and grassland? A researcher tests the idea of a "scurry zone" on Mount Diablo.

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Gray Fox Spotted in Presidio for First Time In More Than a Decade

February 20, 2015 by Eric Simons

A Presidio Trust biological science tech spotted a gray fox near the Batteries to Bluffs trail on Wednesday, the first recorded in the Presidio since 2004.

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‘Slow Coast’ May Get a National Monument

February 16, 2015 by Kaitlyn Kraybill-Voth

Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument has a certain ring to it.

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What’s Killing California’s Native Pigeon?

February 09, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

Scientists are using genetic tests to determine how a nasty parasite is killing off the band-tailed pigeon.

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Shapeshifter, Trickster, Survivor: Coyote in the Modern World

February 05, 2015 by Joe Eaton

Coyotes have been remarkably resilient and tenacious, surviving—thriving, even—in our midst as a relict and a messenger from a much wilder California.

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Rancho Corral de Tierra: A Sea to Summit Trek on the San Mateo Coast

February 02, 2015 by Victoria Schlesinger

It’s time to open up Rancho Corral de Tierra, a storied, long-private piece of the coast, for all.

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