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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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Rocking Out at Kehoe Beach: A Trip Through Time on the Pacific Plate

July 03, 2015 by Doris Sloan

A visit to Kehoe Beach takes you on a journey to one of the Bay Area’s most dramatic geologic sites, where you can see rocks that have traveled far through time and space to pause temporarily in the Bay Area.

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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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Phytophthora: New Strains Breaking the Mold

June 29, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

Phytophthoras, Greek for “plant destroyers,” certainly live up to the name. Once introduced to a location, they can spread undetected in the soil or in water and wreak havoc on crops, nursery stock, and natural ecosystems.

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Tomales Bay Revival: The Ripple Effects of Restoration

June 21, 2015 by John Kelly and Jules Evens

When the "heart of the estuary" was restored in 2008, scientists expected to see wildlife return. But Tomales Bay's remarkable renewal in just seven years has exceeded expectations.

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To Save a Park in San Francisco’s Bayview, Advocates Turn to Citizen Science “With a Mission”

June 18, 2015 by Eric Simons

Development could wipe out one of the Bayview's few open space areas. Nature in the City hopes knowing more about what lives there can stop the construction.

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Letter: Sheila Barry Responds to George Wuerthner

June 17, 2015 by Sheila Barry

Santa Clara County livestock advisor Sheila Barry on why livestock grazing is valued for conservation.

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Two Years in Photos: From “Scorched Earth” to “It’s a Jungle” on Mount Diablo

June 04, 2015 by Joan Hamilton

Spring has brought new plants, and new cover, to the fire recovery zone on Mount Diablo.

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Mapping the Bay Area’s Wild Places

June 04, 2015 by Beth Slatkin

Guiding people through the wilderness - and empowering them with the tools to protect it - comes naturally to GreenInfo Network Executive Director and Bay Nature board chair emeritus Larry Orman.

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Ask the Naturalist: Why Are Sea Hares Multiplying In Lake Merritt?

May 26, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

Nearly 100 giant sea slugs have been spotted in Oakland's Lake Merritt -- and they're breeding! But why? We asked Cal Academy's Terry Gosliner about this sudden influx.

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Pro-Grazing Pieces Don’t Do a Full Accounting of Livestock Costs

May 25, 2015 by George Wuerthner

An ecologist argues that the presumed benefits of grazing—if they are real in the first place--can only be realized in small areas and/or result in excessive widespread collateral damage to wildlife, soils, water, and vegetation.

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The Ballad of Bodega Head

May 20, 2015 by Kenneth Brower

Fifty years ago, a small group of activists took on corporate America to keep nuclear power off the North Coast. The battle they fought changed their lives -- and American environmentalism.

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Driving Home the Butterfly

May 18, 2015 by Eric Simons

The endangered Mission blue butterfly flies again on Twin Peaks, thanks to a dedicated six-year transplant effort that might be in its last year.

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