Bay Nature Talks

Upcoming Talks:

Nature Journaling with John Muir Laws

Wednesday, December 9th, 4:00 p.m.

Join artist, author, and educator John Muir Laws for a virtual walk in the woods to explore how to observe with the eyes of a naturalist, discovering and celebrating the signs of the Bay Area season in a nature journal. Learn how to sketch and document mushrooms, seasonal birds, raindrops, and a misty winter landscape.Sign up here!

Past Talks:

Tennessee Hollow Watershed Restoration

For twenty years planners in the Presidio of San Francisco have been restoring the buried-and-forgotten watershed of the former Army Base. Much of the project is already completed, and the next phase opens to the public in December. Watch this webinar with Presidio Trust ecologist and Associate Director of Natural Resources Lew Stringer to find out how they did it!

Infectious Disease & the Environment

In this Bay Nature Talks webinar, editor in chief Victoria Schlesinger discusses the history of plague and wildlife in the West with Elena Conis and Daniel Roman. Check out Elena and Daniel’s Bay Nature article here.

River Otters

Join Megan Isadore, co-founder and executive director of River Otter Ecology Project, for an inspiring presentation about the important role that community science played in changing the range map for river otters in California.


Cal Academy’s Rebecca Johnson and Alison Young and Bay Nature’s Eric Simons share their knowledge, tips, and tricks so you can get the most out of your next tidepooling experience. Where and when can you find the best pools? What are some common species you might see? How can you help provide critical data for science and management on your tidepooling trip?

The Journeys of Trees

Science writer and author of the new book The Journeys of Trees, Zach St. George has traveled the globe talking to ecologists, foresters, and activists about the future of forests and how they will or won’t persist. In this Zoom webinar with Bay Nature editor in chief Victoria Schlesinger, St. George will discuss his new book, as well as his latest Bay Nature story focusing on the California species Monterey pine.