A reader saw a dragonfly seemingly tapping a turtle on the head in the Sunol Regional Wilderness. Any ideas what’s happening?
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Birds can become confused by glass skyscrapers and artificial light. What will happen with San Francisco’s newest skyscraper?
A reader has poison hemlock growing near his yard. What should he do?
A Bay Nature reader wonders if frogs are less afraid of predators when it’s a new moon.
Or should the mountain lions worry about us?
Why are so many jellyfish washing up in the San Francisco Bay this spring?
Plants make all other life on Earth possible. But most animals don’t eat dead plants — so how do the nutrients plants create get into the environment when the plant dies?
People often say baby rattlesnake bites are more dangerous than adult rattlesnake bites. Is the conventional wisdom correct?
Can a plant live without photosynthesizing?
New research yields new insight into the nature of the planet Jupiter.