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What Lurks Beneath

February 08, 2016 by Brendan Buhler

A small research team sets out in the search for a potential ocean killer. But in this unusual year, nature is not cooperating with her interrogators.

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Identifying With Lichen

February 01, 2016 by Elizabeth Lopatto

In which California is the first state to have a state lichen.

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San Francisco Joins the Water Trail

February 01, 2016 by Melanie Hess

Islais Creek Park is the first official San Francisco site on the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail.

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El Niño Means It’s Warmer Than Usual. Take Away the El Niño? That’s Warmer Than Usual, Too.

January 26, 2016 by Eric Simons

The focus on 2015's record heat conceals a larger truth: cool years are increasingly unlikely.

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A Backup Plan for the Delta Smelt

January 25, 2016 by Robin Meadows

The search for a backup plan as the Delta Smelt nears extinction in the wild.

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Sylvia McLaughlin: Champion for San Francisco Bay (1916-2016)

January 21, 2016 by David Loeb

The Bay Area looks very different, and is infinitely more livable for both humans and wildlife, because of Sylvia McLaughlin's vision and her work.

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The Language of Sparrows

January 20, 2016 by Kim Todd

San Francisco white-crowned sparrows have their own dialects. As the city gets louder, those dialects are disappearing.

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It Hasn’t Been A Textbook El Niño Winter So Far — But That Could Change

January 19, 2016 by Les Rowntree

The forecast for rain for 2015-2016 followed El Niño convention. But the pattern broke the rules.

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Finding New Words for Nature

January 14, 2016 by Paul Epstein

Northern California naturalist David Lukas' latest book encourages people to "take back" nature by creating a new lexicon for natural phenomena.

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Mike Vasey: The Magic of Manzanitas

January 07, 2016 by Sue Rosenthal

Manzanita expert Mike Vasey wants to share the world of these fascinating shrubs with the public.

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Love Muir Woods? Park Service Asks: Please Stay Away

January 06, 2016 by Julia Busiek

A reservation system for the popular redwood grove is coming in 2017. Until then, the Park Service urges residents to stay away.

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Into the Breach

January 04, 2016 by Paul McHugh

A kayaker explores the newly restored and now-open tidal marsh at Cullinan Ranch in the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

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Save the Smelt (In the Wild)

January 01, 2016 by David Loeb

Bay Nature Publisher David Loeb's January Bayview column.

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Trees Capture Fog — So Why Can’t We?

December 30, 2015 by Ramin Skibba

Dozens of experimental fogcatchers stand poised like sentinels across coastal cliffs and fields along the Central Coast, awaiting the marine layer to enshroud them.

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