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The Underappreciated Undertakers

November 06, 2014 by Joe Eaton

When you’re eyeball to eyeball with a turkey vulture, you wonder how he perceives you. (My “he” is Vladimir, a ...

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Mushrooms to the Rescue!

November 06, 2014 by Sara Bernard

In the glare of the bright sunshine flooding Duffel Meadow, a pale swath of cattle-trodden grassland near Orinda, several dozen ...

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Acorn Woodpeckers Expand Range in Search of Meager Acorn Supplies

November 04, 2014 by Bruce Mast/Golden Gate Birder

The failure of the spring rains this year may have something to do with woodpeckers foraging in Berkeley and San Francisco.

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Where Poison Oak Thrives, Mount Diablo Concludes A Red October

October 30, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

The ever unpopular poison oak is the most colorful plant on Mount Diablo this month, especially in certain places swept clean by the 2013 Morgan Fire.

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San Francisco’s Street Trees in Poor Shape as City Shifts Upkeep to Residents

October 30, 2014 by Daphne Matziaraki

Advocates say SF is losing its urban forest because of a budget shortfall for tree maintenance.

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Meet the Future: A New Generation Rising at the East Bay Parks

October 22, 2014 by Lexi Pandell

The EBRPD has become known for fostering long-term employees, but the baby boomers who were hired during the district’s major expansion years of the 1970s are retiring.

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Why has Mission Peak Become the Thing to Do?

October 16, 2014 by Lakshmi Sarah

Mount Tam? That's yesterday's high peak. A younger generation of hikers ascends Mission Peak instead.

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New Vision Launched for Candlestick Point

October 14, 2014 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

Just two years ago, the state wanted to abandon Candlestick Point. Now it's investing money in the park's renewal.

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The View From the Blind: Hunters Take Aim for Conservation

October 14, 2014 by Aleta George

Nature and culture writer Aleta George takes hunting field trips with a noted conservationists -- and finds an extended series of lessons about the intimate and indelible connection between hunting and conservation.

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It Was The Perfect Fish Study — Until Nature Messed It Up

October 13, 2014 by Elizabeth Devitt

Why do some fish go to sea while others stay home? NOAA researchers had elegant plans to investigate -- and then the drought intervened.

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There Are Insects on Mount Diablo, and This Scientist Is Out to Find Them

October 09, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

When it comes to documenting the world's insect life, even places like Mount Diablo are full of unknowns, which UC Berkeley entomologist Kip Will finds exciting—and frustrating.

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Lofty Ambitions: The Ridge Trail Opens Up Sonoma Mountain

October 07, 2014 by Glen Martin

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, an ambitious project to knit together the Bay ...

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When It Comes to Smell, the Turkey Vulture Stands (Nearly) Alone

October 07, 2014 by Joe Eaton

Turkey vultures can locate food by scent alone -- but it took naturalists a while to figure that out.

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Ship Retraces Legacy of Once Mighty Bay Shrimp

October 02, 2014 by Jimmy Tobias

If the Chinese shrimping villages were still around today, could the California bay shrimp support a thriving industry as it once did?

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