Scorpions don’t just inhabit bleak desert landscapes. The Bay Area has four local species of scorpion, as one butterfly enthusiast discovered on an expedition to Albany Hill one crisp November day.
Dominik Mosur takes birds very seriously. He’s out daily birding around San Francisco, and he even works with injured birds and other wildlife at the Randall Museum. And now he’s officially SF’s champion birder: He’s already broken the one-year record of species sightings, and he’s got almost two months to keeping racking up species.
With last year’s wet winter and this fall’s early rains in October, time is short for the staff and volunteers of the Salmon Protection and Restoration Network (SPAWN), who are working hard on several projects aimed at helping the Lagunitas Creek run of coho salmon — the largest remaining wild coho run in the state.
Workers at the Presidio are working to restore a stretch of creek that’s been buried for nearly a century. Soon enough, Dragonfly Creek should, once again, be alive with its namesake insects.
On a 55-acre lot in Antioch, a few biologists and a crew of volunteers are waging a battle to protect a vanishing bit of the natural world. The cause isn’t easily seen: No whales are threatened and the public isn’t in danger of losing a grove of old-growth redwoods. Instead, an endangered and rapidly dwindling species of butterfly teeters on the brink of extinction. And this week, you can help.
Most kids recognize the ring-tailed lemur only as the animated character King Julien from the feature cartoon Madagascar. In real life, this endangered, highly social primate is known for its vocal activity and sun bathing — and it will soon be one of many animals in San Francisco, waiting to meet kids ready to go beyond the DVD player.