“When a whale washes up it’s kind of like being a doctor on call,” says Moe Flannery, senior collections manager at the California Academy of Sciences. Flannery’s day job means caring for more than 140,000 bird and mammal specimens at … Read more
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The City Nature Challenge has gone hyperlocal and non-competitive. That doesn’t mean giving up our goals.
The global species-finding competition returns on April 24, minus the competition.
Did you know the original name of the Point Reyes peninsula was Punta de los Reyes, which translates to Point of the Kings? Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino chose the name because he anchored in Drakes Bay on January 6, 1603, … Read more
Conservation groups say the environmental assessment avoids considering environmental justice or marine life
I’m not usually masochistic. But then I spent three months this winter trying to observe extremely elusive short eared owls in a busy park in the inner Bay Area. (I’ll omit the location in order to preserve a semblance of … Read more
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.
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