Tens of thousands of newts try to cross Chileno Valley Road every year in the breeding season. Volunteers try to help them make it alive.
It Looks Like Halloween
Seven Bay Area creatures with Halloween appeal.
After a Wildfire, Fire-Chasing Beetles Swarm in to Lay Their Eggs
For decades, charcoal beetles were known as an irritant to firefighters and football fans but now, scientists understand the habits of these fire-chasers.
Before the Annual Fungus Fair, It’s All About Finding the Right Mushroom
Served in French dishes under the alias pom pom du blanc, lion’s mane has a texture and taste resembling lobster or shrimp. Chris Schoenstein, a lifelong enthusiast and member of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, has only seen one 2 or 3 times. But that, if you’re a mushroom hunter, is the hook that keeps you coming back to an event like the Wunderlich Foray.
Traditional and Modern Methods of Acorn Preparation
Bay Area oaks are prolific, but acorn use has diminished within the last 200 years. With the help of modern kitchenware you can rediscover the art of acorn preparation and its rich history grounded in Native American traditions.
Dublin Land Exchange Raises Concern Over Burrowing Owls
The burrowing owl requires only a few basic ingredients to survive urban settings but biologists say those needs are threatened by a new land exchange.
Log It or Leave It – Post-fire Debate over Burned Trees
As California’s fire season comes to a close, the fires that burned Yosemite and Mt. Diablo have left a landscape of burned trees, logs and soil. What to do next with that land, particularly in Yosemite, is a complicated decision, and politicians, land use managers, and ecologists have differing goals.