Michael Ellis

Send your questions to atn@baynature.org.Santa Rosa-based naturalist Michael Ellis leads nature trips throughout the world with Footloose Forays (footlooseforays.com).
dancing skunk

Why Do Skunks Dance?

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There are two species of skunk in the Bay Area, the familiar striped skunk, and the less common spotted skunk.

robin cup nest

How Do Birds Know How to Build Nests?

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There are 10,000-plus species of birds in the world, about 1,100 species in the United States, and 350 or so in the greater Bay Area, so there is great variability in nests. But the basic purpose of any nest is … Read more

western pond turtle

Where Do Turtles Go in Winter and Summer?

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Where do turtles go in the winter and summer? —Alma, Sebastopol I am assuming you are referring to our only native freshwater turtle—the western pond turtle—which you might see basking in the sun and then quickly kerplunking right into the … Read more