About Eric Simons
January 02, 2018 by Eric Simons
A look at the Buckeye Forest Project in Sonoma County, and how it keeps its trees growing and removing carbon dioxide from the air.
September 25, 2017 by Eric Simons
Remote operated vehicles beam back the first-ever images of the mud, rocks and incredible biodiversity of the deep sea off the Northern California coast.
September 19, 2017 by Eric Simons
Forecasters thought it would be hot in San Francisco over Labor Day -- meaning, you know, in the high 80s. Instead it was 106. What happened?
August 14, 2017 by Eric Simons
A protozoan pathogen appears to have killed thousands of sharks, rays and fish in the San Francisco Bay this spring.
July 31, 2017 by Eric Simons
Terry Gosliner, a curator at the California Academy of Sciences, looks through nudibranchs to see the world.
July 17, 2017 by Eric Simons
iNaturalist adds an option to use artificial intelligence to provide instant nature identifications.
May 02, 2017 by Eric Simons
Leopard sharks and bat rays are dying by the hundreds and washing ashore all around the Bay. A pathologist at the California Department Fish and Wildlife thinks he may know why.
At a Snail’s Place: How the Range of a Common Sea Snail Explains the Underlying Logic of the Universe
April 19, 2017 by Eric Simons
The surprising, spiraling story of why sea snails live where they live.
2017 Environmental Education Award Winners Alison Young and Rebecca Johnson: Democratizing Science One Observation at a Time
March 28, 2017 by Eric Simons
Alison Young and Rebecca Johnson, citizen science coordinators at the California Academy of Sciences, get people out and observing nature on behalf of science.
March 20, 2017 by Eric Simons
If you look closely at the California Coast exhibit next time you visit the California Academy of Sciences, you'll see a bunch of small black sea snails. Are they there on purpose?
The San Francisco Bay is One of the Most Remarkable, Overlooked Stories of Nature in the 21st Century
January 01, 2017 by Eric Simons
How did so many people come to see the Bay as lifeless, or as negative space to drive over?
Q&A: Conservation Photographer Ian Shive on His New Film About the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
October 21, 2016 by Eric Simons
A celebrated conservation photographer and filmmaker talks about how he views the San Francisco Bay's national wildlife refuge.
August 22, 2016 by Eric Simons
A small land crustacean has lived on the beach at Adams Point for a century. It's never been seen elsewhere in the world. It's definitely not an Oakland native. Now what?
July 01, 2016 by Eric Simons
Hardly anyone knew about the plant called sea-blite when it lived on the shores of the San Francisco Bay. No one noticed when it disappeared. Now, thirty years after it went locally extinct, a freelance coastal ecologist sets out on an unlikely mission to bring it back.
July 01, 2016 by Eric Simons
Sea snails flee from predators. A new research paper suggests that ocean acidification impairs that ability.
April 29, 2016 by Eric Simons
Hipcamp, a company founded in 2013 to improve the reservation process for public parks nationwide, is now facilitating camping on private land.
January 26, 2016 by Eric Simons
The focus on 2015's record heat conceals a larger truth: cool years are increasingly unlikely.
December 16, 2015 by Drew Baldwin and Eric Simons
Scientists still aren't sure what to make of what's happened in the Pacific Ocean this year.
September 02, 2015 by Eric Simons
The sea otter that spent three weeks in Richardson Bay in late June and early July likely died of a “one-two punch” of domoic acid poisoning and infection from the possum-borne parasite Sarcocystis neurona, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife pathologist says.
September 01, 2015 by Eric Simons
The Pacific Ocean is the hottest we've ever seen it. What that means -- or doesn't -- for the coming El Niño.
July 30, 2015 by Eric Simons
Reporter Kevin Stark, one of the co-authors on a major new sea level rise project from the San Francisco Public Press, talks about the challenges of thinking about and reporting on sea level rise in the Bay Area.
July 20, 2015 by Eric Simons
Climate scientist Daniel Swain runs the California Weather Blog, a must-read for weather nerds. He's most famous, though, for something he did almost as an afterthought: He’s the one who gave the name “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” to the pattern that’s being blamed for our three years of drought.
July 16, 2015 by Eric Simons
A young sea otter that had spent the last several weeks living in Richardson Bay died over the weekend.
June 18, 2015 by Eric Simons
Development could wipe out one of the Bayview's few open space areas. Nature in the City hopes knowing more about what lives there can stop the construction.
May 13, 2015 by Eric Simons
How the greater sage grouse, a chicken-like resident of the sagebrush prairie, became what some call the most important conservation story in a generation.
February 20, 2015 by Eric Simons
A Presidio Trust biological science tech spotted a gray fox near the Batteries to Bluffs trail on Wednesday, the first recorded in the Presidio since 2004.
November 24, 2014 by Eric Simons
Two biologists discuss Earth's alarming extinction rate.
October 23, 2014 by Eric Simons
The Golden Hour Restoration Institute has announced plans to offer an applied master restoration certificate.
July 08, 2014 by Eric Simons
Each wilderness area has its own unique essence, and the Farallon Islands' might just be how utterly, unbelievably wild it is.
May 06, 2014 by Eric Simons
United States Interior Secretary Sally Jewell took in the view from the summit of Kreiger Peak to highlight the plan that helped preserve the east Contra Costa peak.
May 06, 2014 by Eric Simons
The California Academy of Sciences acquired the nature-cataloguing tool iNaturalist in late April in a merger of two of the Bay Area’s most prominent faces of public science.
April 21, 2014 by Eric Simons
The architect of urban butterfly habitat projects like Tigers on Market Street and the Green Hairstreak Corridor, and the restoration of Mission blues on Twin Peaks, Liam O’Brien is a man on a mission to prove that habitats for humans and habitats for butterflies aren’t mutually exclusive.
March 20, 2014 by Eric Simons
In the Presidio's Mountain Lake, as this sequence of photos shows, there are some ferocious predators lurking in the watery depths.
March 18, 2014 by Eric Simons
It's rare to see someone trying to bring a new nature publication into the world. But with the March launch of Greenfriar, Bay Area-based writer Ken Layne is doing just that.
February 28, 2014 by Eric Simons
Of the 35 breeding butterfly species in San Francisco, 25 have now found a non-native host plant they can work with. In an area this urban, undesirable weeds growing in sidewalk cracks have become vital to the life of butterflies.
February 24, 2014 by Eric Simons
Suzi Eszterhas will lecture about the rare animals she's seen and her own adventures in wildlife photography on Wednesday night in the African Hall at the California Academy of Sciences.
February 19, 2014 by Eric Simons
The wild side of Lake Merritt inspired Jim Carlton’s career. This Sunday is a chance for everyone else to join in on the fun.
February 06, 2014 by Eric Simons
Several boaters spotted and photographed a sea otter feeding in Tomales Bay this week, the first confirmed sighting of a ...
January 24, 2014 by Eric Simons
Several thousand of the 60,000 plants intended to ultimately go into the ground at the Hamilton Wetland restoration site will arrive there via the hands of young Marin residents as part of the Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed Program.
January 13, 2014 by Eric Simons
From the western edge of the continent, Richard James blogs about life and litter at Coastodian.org, takes photos, and dreams up art projects that challenge our view of the world.
January 08, 2014 by Eric Simons
Over two years, David Kroodsma rode his bike 21,000 miles from Palo Alto to Tierra del Fuego and then from New York back home, to study and talk about climate change. A Q&A with the San Francisco-based climate journalist, scientist and educator, who's recently authored a book about his experiences.
The Making of The Boneman: How a Bookseller from Homer, Alaska Became the California Academy of Sciences’ Orca Skeleton Expert
January 08, 2014 by Eric Simons
Why the California Academy of Sciences brought in a bookseller from Homer, Alaska to help lead the articulation of its rare orca skeleton -- and how Lee Post became “Lee Post AKA The Boneman,” one of the world’s leading authorities on the re-putting-together of beached whales.
January 07, 2014 by Eric Simons
The North Bay played host to one of nature's great spectacles this week, the annual Richardson Bay spawning of Pacific herring, an event eagerly anticipated by hungry animals and curious people -- and an event all the more precious for how close it once came to disappearing.
January 06, 2014 by Eric Simons
Richard James, who keeps the beaches of Point Reyes as litter-free as he can, has an obsessive eye for the discordant note of trash. His life as a park volunteer comes with a lesson: You learn strange things when you pick up after the world.
December 20, 2013 by Eric Simons
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has declared 230 acres of San Francisco critical habitat for the Franciscan manzanita, the oft-discussed rare shrub famous for its dramatic rediscovery and the relocation of a sole survivor in 2009.
November 18, 2013 by Eric Simons
As drought stretches on in California, local plants and animals are falling back on their evolutionarily honed behaviors for outlasting the dry.
October 27, 2013 by Eric Simons
Mussel Rock Park has an uneven human and geologic history. That hasn't stopped Oscar Porter from hiking there every day in search of extraordinary nature. He's collected his photos of coyotes, birds and spiders on YouTube and in a book called Nature Under the Fog.
October 25, 2013 by Eric Simons
I've noticed lots of butterflies (moths?) in the Indian Valley Open Space area of Novato (oak forest). I haven't seen this many in previous years. The butterflies are about the size of a nickel or quarter and are white. What kind of butterfly are they?