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Con: Cattle Grazing Is Incompatible with Conservation

May 07, 2015 by Karen Klitz and Jeff Miller

Two experts on grazing offer their opinion on why cattle should be barred from public lands.

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Spring Brings Peak Bird Biodiversity

May 05, 2015 by Josiah Clark

For birdwatchers, this is the most exciting time of year. Everything knows where it's going and it moves fast.

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Calochortus Lilies Catch the Eye

May 04, 2015 by Lech Naumovich

It’s the calochortus lily's floral display that catches everyone’s eyes: from the pendant snowy drops of the white fairy lantern to the purplish hirsute petals of Tolmie’s pussy ears to the open golden landing pad adorned with rich burgundy splashes of the yellow mariposa lily, the flowers of this genus regularly inspire awe and cause digital camera cards to fill up quickly.

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Shaping Ocean Plastic into Awareness

April 23, 2015 by Paul Epstein

Engaging kids in art is second nature to renowned environmental artist and mom Lee Lee, whose collaborative art tiles project, DEBRIS, sprung out of her concern for her newborn son Thatcher's future in a world overrun by single-use plastics.

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How Green is My Valley!

April 15, 2015 by Lisa M. Krieger

A new preserve in the Coyote Valley curbs tech sprawl.

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San Francisco Bay: The Ocean’s Watershed

April 06, 2015 by Chelsea Leu

When it comes to the water in the San Francisco Bay, the ocean doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves. A UC Davis researcher and self-described "ocean evangelist" is trying to change that.

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A Helping Hand for Bluebirds

April 03, 2015 by Aleta George

People come out of the woodwork to protect bluebirds.

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First Person: Environmental Education Award Winner Julia Clothier

April 01, 2015 by Jacoba Charles

Julia Clothier has won Bay Nature's Environmental Education Local Hero Award for her work as director of the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center at Point Reyes National Seashore.

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First Person: Conservation Action Award Winner Ralph Benson

April 01, 2015 by Brendan Buhler

Ralph Benson has won Bay Nature's Conservation Action Local Hero Award for his conservation work at the Trust for Public Land and Sonoma Land Trust.

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First Person: Youth Engagement Award Winner Javier Ochoa Reyes

April 01, 2015 by Jennifer Baires

Javier Ochoa Reyes has won Bay Nature's Local Hero Youth Engagement award for his work at Groundwork Richmond, where he teaches high school-age youth about the importance of trees in urban environments, and works with the students to create more green spaces in Richmond.

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Range of Possibilities

March 31, 2015 by Kelly Cash

If ranchers are such great conservation partners, why has ranching often been viewed as bad for the environment?

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Bayview: The Growing Understanding of Rangelands

March 31, 2015 by David Loeb

Just as demand for locally sourced beef is rising, the ability of local ranchers to produce it is going down. The soaring rents and real estate prices that make it difficult for young writers and families to live in the Mission (or Gilman) District also make it difficult for local ranchers—young and old—to keep ranching in west Marin or southern Santa Clara.

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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 quest for the perfect 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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