Currently, birds are the only creatures in existence that have feathers.
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As long as fires are not intense infernos, most oaks will survive them.
75 percent of the 650 birds that nest in North America migrate. Research new and old sheds light on how birds know where to go and how to get there.
What might seem like a haphazard assemblage of forest debris belies a very complicated interior design.
As long as they aren’t poisoned or eaten, sea anemones just keep on keeping on. But how?
They haven’t always been here, but they are now.
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
Do mushrooms require a certain kind of substrate?
I saw thousands of these on Drakes Beach on Dec. 6, after the recent storm. What happened? -David Ford You could be forgiven for being offended by the above photo: thousands of 10-inch wiggly pink sausages strewn about Drakes Beach. … Read more
Why couldn’t I buy live crabs this Thanksgiving? Whether or not you choose to use your carnassial teeth for their intended purpose, eating Dungeness crabs (Metacarcinus magister) is something of a regional tradition around the holidays. A “crab feed” is … Read more