During the statewide COVID-19 shelter-in place-order, tens of thousands of Bay Area residents have sought refuge in the region’s parks—on bike paths, trails and beaches. But that desire has, according to local officials, run afoul of public health. Last week, … Read more
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Parks as sanctuaries and refuges in times of crisis.
When Kyle Van Houtan, the chief scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, first began publishing research in the 1990s, he had to physically mail a typed manuscript in an envelope to a scientific journal, with a copy for each reviewer. … Read more
There’s a certain predictable expression that frequently settles on the face of the friend or family member I’m talking to when I say the word “biodiversity.” I’d call it tolerantly bored. The term has been so overused in so many … Read more
Editor’s Note: We’ve revised this story to remove parks affected by the Marin, Sonoma and San Mateo County park closures. Last update March 25, 10:30 a.m. Looking for new trails where you can maintain social distance? We’ve been working for … Read more
A social distancing-approved reading list and other indoor nature activities
Dear Bay Nature reader, Like all of you, we at Bay Nature are struggling to adapt and understand our new world of COVID-19. First of all, we hope everyone is doing OK and staying healthy. Our next thoughts are of … Read more
Some ideas for places to visit where you can keep a social distance.
It’s uncommon to see badgers in the Bay Area, even on camera traps.
Bobcats seem common to the Bay Area, but they like to hide from people.