Work in a tall building? Here’s something you can do this fall for birds. Get your building manager to participate in the Lights Out for Birds program to reduce the numbers of bird collisions into tall buildings during the fall … Read more
Vaux’s swift ‘tornado’ descends on Healdsburg school
What the Vaux swift lacks in size it makes up for in numbers. The smallest species of the swift family has chosen a chimney at a boarding school in Healdsburg as the spot to rest for a few days and … Read more
Water desalination plants on the horizon
Water desalination may seem too costly and too riddled with complications to go anywhere fast. But that doesn’t mean water managers are giving up hope. Faced with an uncertain future of diminishing water supplies, officials are floating plans for 17 … Read more
The world needs ‘Zombee’ hunters
‘Zombee’ season is about to peak in September, and zombee researchers are asking for help to track its spread. It’s Night of the Living Dead for honeybees infected with a nasty parasitic fly that makes the normally diurnal species go … Read more
Phalaropes descend on Rodeo Lagoon
Rodeo Lagoon in the Marin Headlands is the place to go right now to watch a rare migratory shorebird that enacts a fascinating swap in gender roles. In late July into the first half of August, red-necked phalaropes descend on the … Read more
Scoring nature in San Francisco
You may have heard of Walk Score, the walkability index that everyone from real estate agents to smart growth advocates use to assess how pedestrian friendly the area is around a specific address. Well, joining the ratings stage now is … Read more
Save Mount Diablo cofounder dies
The co-founder of the influential nonprofit conservation group Save Mount Diablo, Arthur D. Bonwell, died at 85 at his home in Concord, California. The trained electrical engineer for Dupont made a second career in conservation, recognizing that the state was … Read more
Tree trekker breaks records finding ‘extreme’ trees
Recent high-school graduate Zane Moore is sitting — or rather towering — with the masters of tall tree finders. This summer Moore, 18, embarked on a mission to measure and record the locations of some of the tallest trees in … Read more
Can the Bay Area grow in population and be sustainable?
As the Bay Area struggles to meet sustainability goals, double-digit population growth presents a clear challenge to reducing the region’s ecological footprint. Residents must use resources more efficiently to counteract the addition of more than a million new residents. In many ways, it mirrors a challenge the planet is facing. Can population growth in San Francisco and the Bay Area be sustainable?
An Iron Man for transit advocates
128 miles. 12,000 feet elevation gain. 17-plus hours of exercise. 3 mountain summits. 3 transit agencies. Add to that temperatures well into the triple digits in some places, and you’ve got the makings of a great story.That’s about all you need to know to get an impression of how grueling the event known as Alt. Ride (formerly the Triple Threat) was this year.