From Bay Nature magazineJuly-September 2016

Ask the Naturalist

A bird? A bug? Something strange in the natural world nearby? Ask us and we’ll find the answer! And check here for answers to great questions you didn’t even know you had. Top questions find their way to top naturalist Michael Ellis, who writes a column for our print magazine.

How Do Marine Mammals Sleep?

August 22, 2016 by Michael Ellis

How do marine mammals sleep? And is sleep essential for their survival?

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Ask the Naturalist: Did Wolves Ever Live in the Bay Area?

May 16, 2016 by Michael Ellis

What does the evidence say about the historical southern extent of the range of the wolf?

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Why Are There Ants in My House?

March 18, 2016 by Michael Ellis

Why do ants do what they do, and what makes them leave? Naturalist Michael Ellis explains.

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Finding New Words for Nature

January 14, 2016 by Paul Epstein

Northern California naturalist David Lukas' latest book encourages people to "take back" nature by creating a new lexicon for natural phenomena.

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Ask the Naturalist: Is That Butterfly Supposed To Be Here Now?

November 12, 2015 by Liam O'Brien

A San Francisco reader wonders about the bright orange-red butterfly he recently spotted in his backyard.


Ask the Naturalist: Where Has “Charlotte” Gone?

October 29, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

A concerned spider fan asks what to do about a missing arachnid and the egg sacs she left behind.

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Ask the Naturalist: Sea Foam – How Much is Too Much?

October 22, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

How much sea foam along the shore is normal for this time of year? And how can you tell if it's harmful to marine life? We asked UC Santa Cruz oceanographer Raphael Kudela.

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Do Rattlesnakes Migrate?

October 01, 2015 by Michael Ellis

Do rattlesnakes migrate and hibernate?

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Ask the Naturalist: Seabird Feeding Frenzy at Point Montara

September 25, 2015 by Alvaro Jaramillo

Why are large numbers of seabirds congregating off Point Montara?

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Ask the Naturalist: The Secret of the Slender Redwoods

September 03, 2015 by David Herlocker

Why are some stands of redwoods so spindly? Marin County Parks naturalist David Herlocker explains this anomaly.

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