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Q&A With the Proprietor of the ‘Ladybug Hotel’

December 29, 2015 by Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton

Jeremy Brautman describes the feeling of a "loveliness" of ladybugs, and explains how he decided to try and help the loveliness along.

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Brown Pelicans Show Breeding Failure

December 28, 2015 by Richard Bangert

About 100 California Brown Pelicans made an unusual appearance on the old wooden dock on the south side of Alameda Point. But only one of the pelicans could be identified as a one- or two-year-old.

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Bay Nature Staff Picks: Signs of the Season

December 21, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

Here are some of our staff's favorite signs of winter in the Bay Area.

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Beetlemania: All Together Now

December 17, 2015 by Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton

Scientists aren't sure why convergent ladybugs huddle together during the winter.

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Neurotoxin That Closed Crab Fisheries Is Declining — But Slowly

December 16, 2015 by Graelyn Brashear

The harmful algae bloom that sickened marine mammals and caused the closure of California's crab fishery this winter is slowly dissipating, while researchers are still trying to understand what caused it to happen.

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Warm El Niño Water Meets a North Pacific Already Disrupted By The Blob

December 16, 2015 by Drew Baldwin and Eric Simons

Scientists still aren't sure what to make of what's happened in the Pacific Ocean this year.

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The Front Line in California’s Mosquito Monitoring: Sentinel Chickens

December 11, 2015 by Elizabeth Rogers

In the heart of Silicon Valley, the most reliable technology we have for monitoring West Nile virus is a bird domesticated in the Stone Age.

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Phyllis Faber: Bold Ideas, Enduring Legacy

November 23, 2015 by David Kupfer

Veteran environmental activist, writer, editor, publisher, educator, and coastal wetlands scientist Phyllis Faber has made countless contributions to the Bay Area environmental movement.

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Come on a Safari With Me

November 16, 2015 by Mary Catherine O'Connor

Plant safaris aim to produce the first-ever complete catalog of the more than 950 plant species botanists believe grow on 18,000 acres of Mount Tamalpais

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Ask the Naturalist: Is That Butterfly Supposed To Be Here Now?

November 12, 2015 by Liam O'Brien

A San Francisco reader wonders about the bright orange-red butterfly he recently spotted in his backyard.

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‘Unprecedented’ Toxin Spread That Delayed Crab Season Shines Light on Mysterious Algae

November 11, 2015 by Graelyn Brashear

Marine ecologists have long been alarmed at the potentially dangerous summertime growth of the single-celled algae Pseudo-nitzschia -- but there are still significant blind spots in our knowledge and research funding has been scarce.

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A Midpeninsula Open Space for the Ages: Among the Ancient Oaks on Russian Ridge

November 09, 2015 by Kathleen M. Wong

Perched atop the windward western side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Russian Ridge offers spellbinding views and a grove of monumental, centuries-old oaks.

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A Festival of Cranes

November 03, 2015 by Joe Eaton

Riding the autumn winds, the sandhill cranes are returning to the California Delta.

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Meet Bay Nature’s 2016 Local Heroes

November 02, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

Bay Nature Institute announces its Local Hero Award winners for 2016, and a special fourth award, presented to Bay Nature co-founder Malcolm Margolin.

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