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Bay Nature magazineApril-June 2017

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.

Is This the Worst Flooding Year Ever?

March 28, 2017 by Michael Ellis

Was this year's flooding the worst Northern California has ever seen?

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Ask The Naturalist: Do Badgers Hibernate?

February 22, 2017 by Bay Nature Staff

Do badgers hibernate during the winter? And if not, when *do* they emerge from their burrows? Guest naturalist Susan Kirks answers.


Why Do Tule Elk Drop Their Antlers Every Year?

January 01, 2017 by Michael Ellis

Ask the Naturalist: Why do tule elk drop their antlers every year?

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Are Bay Area Bats Threatened With White Nose Syndrome?

October 28, 2016 by Michael Ellis

Ask the naturalist: Bay Area bats and white-nose syndrome.

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Ask the Naturalist: What’s with all the squirrels in Marin?

October 27, 2016 by Bay Nature Staff

A reader asks: Are there more squirrels running around this fall than in years past?

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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.


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