Bay Nature Talks

Upcoming Talks:

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.

Join us for a deep dive on mushrooms and enjoy just watching or pick up your pencil to sketch!

Past Talks:

Living on Public Lands

Join us for a conversation about public lands and their increasing role as a refuge for the unhoused during California’s affordable housing crisis. It’s indisputable that more people are living both legally and illegally on public lands and that it’s an issue communities and agencies are already facing. Who is living on public lands? Why are they living there? And what is the impact on the land?

Q&A on don’t feed the coyotes

After a century of extirpation, coyotes returned to the green spaces of San Francisco in the early 2000s. Twenty years later, a thriving population of Canis latrans resides in the city’s parks and forests. The documentary don’t feed the coyotes observes several years in the intertwined lives of these urban animals. It centers around a three-year-old coyote, fondly named Scout, and her territorial challenger, the scientifically dubbed 15F. Chronicling their lives through two starkly different researchers observing them, it’s about humans, the natural world, and the lines we’ve drawn between the two. And of course, not feeding the coyotes.

Bay Nature hosted an advanced screening of the film don’t feed the coyotes which can be viewed at Following the screening of the film, Bay Nature hosted a Q&A with filmmaker Nick Stone Schearer alongside Bay Area self-taught naturalist, Janet Kessler, and wildlife ecologist with Presidio Trust, Jonathan Young.

Tales of Urban Whales

Learn about the whales, dolphins, and porpoises of the San Francisco Bay Area! Join marine mammal biologist Bill Keener as he presents the results of The Marine Mammal Center’s latest studies. This is a story of environmental change in the bay, as these fascinating animals have adapted to life in our urban waters. Here’s your chance to learn from a local scientist about the lives of whales, the difference between porpoises and dolphins, where to see them, and what you can do to help in the research.

An Inside Look at Bay Area Bobcats

Join conservation photographer Sarah Killingsworth, a Marin County-based California Naturalist, for an intimate look at bobcats in the Bay Area. In this webinar you will learn more about this elusive species as well as how to ethically approach bobcat photography, what gear Sarah uses, the zen of wildlife photography and tips for coexisting with bobcats in your neighborhood (yes, in the Bay Area, you probably have them).

People, Science, and Nature at One Tam

Join One Tam’s Community Science Program Manager Lisette Arellano in conversation with author and science journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal about how community science is fueling conservation on Mount Tamalpais. Hear from Lisette about three of One Tam’s community science programs: the Marin Wildlife Picture Index Project, the Bioblitz series, and the Tamalpais Bee Lab. Mary Ellen explores the connection between individual action and regional, state-wide, and global efforts.

Chaparral Fire Ecology & the Fire Following Plants Around us

In this timely Bay Nature Talk, senior botanist Heath Bartosh delves into chaparral fire ecology, including fire return intervals and climate concerns. Learn how California’s chaparral ecosystems recover from fire, meet some common fire-following plants, and find out where to see fire followers this spring! Heath is joined by ecological engineer and senior scientist Christina Toms who leads a Q&A following the presentation.

Nature Journaling with John Muir Laws

Artist, author, and educator John Muir Laws helps us 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. For lots of free nature journaling resources, visit

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.