What are some of the first things I should look for when tracking animals? —Nick in Fremont I used to think I was a good tracker. I even taught classes, but the more I learned about tracking, the more I … Read more
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A reader finds a dead small mammal. Is it a mole? A shrew? A shrew mole?
There are two species of skunk in the Bay Area, the familiar striped skunk, and the less common spotted skunk.
Currently, birds are the only creatures in existence that have feathers.
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