And what even is a daddy longlegs?
Questions about the natural world? Thanks to donations from readers like you, Bay Nature has teamed up with the naturalists at the California Center for Natural History to answer your questions about the world every other Tuesday. Some questions find their way to naturalist Michael Ellis, whose answers appear in our quarterly print magazine. Fill out our web form to Ask the Naturalist a question, or email us at email@example.com
A reader asks about spotting fall and winter birds.
It’s not smog or smoke making the sky more colorful.
Q: Is there a good place in the Bay Area to see bats? What kind of bats live here? Because of myth and superstition, bats are often feared and severely underappreciated. October happens to be Bat Appreciation Month, so it’s a great time … Read more
Oakland’s tidal lagoon is glowing blue with bioluminescent dinoflagellates.
The porcupine is rare but present in coastal Northern California.
Most of the state has set record temperatures this summer, but San Francisco has been cool and almost permanently cloudy because of its cool marine layer.
The answer might surprise you.
A reader asks about the fate of a family of river otters living in Coyote Creek, which dried up in many places in the drought.
A reader saw a dragonfly seemingly tapping a turtle on the head in the Sunol Regional Wilderness. Any ideas what’s happening?