Remnant dunes in Daly City hint at the long-lost sands of San Francisco. And the folks at San Bruno Mountain Watch would like to keep it that way, despite proposals to build houses here.
Volunteers Stick to it at Suisun Marsh
On a 21-foot aluminum boat floating in Suisun Marsh, Amanda Schwabe heaves up the otter trawl as Cesar Morales coils the rope on deck. When Schwabe brings up the net, Captain Teejay O’Rear pours its contents into a shallow pan. … Read more
Tesla: Offroad Expansion, Park, or Both?
The latest on a long-running debate over a possible expansion of the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area into a valley near Livermore.
River Otters on the Rebound
Hungry river otters are popping up around the Bay Area in places where they haven’t been seen in a while. Have fun watching them, but guard your chickens!
Happy Plants on New Presidio Dunes
Recent dune restoration at the southwestern edge of the Presidio has worked wonders for native plants.
First-ever Solano County flora in the works
Two local botanists are at work on a multi-year project to create the first-ever Solano County flora — a record of all the native plants that grow there.
Alameda Terns Finally Get A Refuge
After years of discussion, agitation, and debate, a final deal is in the works to make a permanent Alameda Wildlife Refuge for the endangered California least terns that nest on a former naval base.
Cargo Ships Keep Bringing Invasives to the Bay
A recent study has proven the obvious: San Francisco Bay is a major conduit for invasive species. And the biggest culprit? Cargo ships and their ballast water. Environmentalists are now pushing for new treatment requirements to stem the tide of alien species.
Wanted: Sand for Endangered Butterfly
The imperiled Lange’s metalmark butterfly lives only on a small stretch of remnant dunes near Antioch. Managers of the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge hope to create precious new habitat, while a captive-breeding program keeps the butterflies just short of extinction.
River of Words, Home to Roost at Saint Mary’s
Poet Robert Hass awakened a lifelong love of nature while a student at Saint Mary’s College. Now, River of Words, the art and poetry program he cofounded, has found a home at the college.