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Ask The Naturalist: What’s That Weird Ball Coming Out Of That Bird’s Mouth?

May 14, 2015 by Allen Fish

For birds of prey, this may be the closest equivalent to a cat's hairball. The pellet is a necessary means to get rid of indigested material.

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What People Talk About When They Talk About Sage Grouse

May 13, 2015 by Eric Simons

How the greater sage grouse, a chicken-like resident of the sagebrush prairie, became what some call the most important conservation story in a generation.

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Flood Control 2.0

May 12, 2015 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Scientists look to the zone where creeks meet the Bay to guide our response to extreme storms and sea level rise.

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A Pretty Pink Nudibranch Moves North, and It’s a ‘Canary in the Tidepool’ for Climate Change

May 10, 2015 by Kaitlyn Kraybill-Voth

At low tide on the North Coast right now, the tidepools teem with Hopkins' rose nudibranchs. “This is not normal business as usual," says scientist Terry Gosliner.


Pro: Public Lands Need Cattle to Meet Conservation Goals

May 08, 2015 by Sheila Barry

A livestock advisor who promotes biodiversity on grazing lands explains why cattle can be beneficial to conservation.


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.


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.


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.


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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