Here in the Bay Area, we pride ourselves on being environmental trailblazers. Our achievements include pioneering curbside recycling, prohibiting the use of ozone-depleting Styrofoam, and leading the effort to ban plastic bags, straws, and utensils. California, likewise, has long been … Read more
Timely news, art, ideas and science from the natural world of Northern California.
On Hidden Camera, a Sight You Never Hope to See
Skunks almost always spray out of sight of humans. A hidden trail camera in Jasper Ridge shows what it looks like.
Butterflies are More than Party Favors
I once spit my dinner across a room. I was watching the local news in the fall of 2008, and the story showed the opening day of the new California Academy of Sciences building. My brains left my body as … Read more
Who’s Knocking at Your Back Door in the Night? Probably Raccoons.
Urban raccoons are everywhere. Some evidence suggests they’re growing smarter from living in an urban world.
California’s Early June Heat Wave Cooked Coastal Mussels in Place
Bodega Marine Reserve research coordinator Jackie Sones has worked in or walked on the rocky shores of the North Coast almost every day for the last 15 years. But while she was surveying the reserve for sea stars in mid-June, … Read more
An Update to the App to Identify (Almost) Anything (Almost) Anywhere
If you ever wander around wanting to know the names of plants and animals around you, Seek, a newly rebuilt app from the iNaturalist team at the California Academy of Sciences, now offers instant identifications through the camera view on … Read more
Letter from the Editor: Change Isn’t Always Beautiful
For 74 issues we’ve chosen cover art and photos that capture the inspirational power and beauty of Bay Area nature. The 75th cover is different.
Global Warming is “Just One of the Facts of Children’s Lives,” A Q&A with Ivy + Bean Author Annie Barrows
Children’s author Annie Barrows talks with Bay Nature about her second grade heroines tackling climate change for the science fair.
Will California Ban Rodenticides that Kill Predators?
The California Assembly has passed a bill that would outlaw so-called “second generation” anticoagulant rodenticides.
Surf Scoter Decline, Interrupted
Surf scoters showed up in the Bay in astonishing numbers in winter 2019, pausing a three-decade decline and puzzling scientists