Entomologists thought the Brazilian bee Plebeia emerina had disappeared in California in the 1950s. But two colonies were rediscovered in Palo Alto in 2013, and now a four-year-old has found two more.
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A story about the life and legacy of celebrated scientist, conservationist and mentor Gordon Chan.
A Golden Gate Audubon Society blog post about accessibility in birding.
After 50,000 people made nearly 1.3 million observations worldwide, what was the most common species found in the Bay Area and in the world?
Looking at the North Livermore Valley, it’s easy to forget that three of California’s largest cities lie less than an hour’s drive away. In late winter and early spring, the rural valley’s open pastures, cradled by rolling hills and dotted … Read more
Before it became a park, Sobrante Ridge was home to vaccine testing and the infamous “Cutter Incident”
April is the peak month for gray whales passing by the San Francisco Bay Area, drawing spectators to the coast to scan the ocean’s surface for a heart-shaped spout or the flick of a gray-speckled tail. But while the abundance … Read more
Around the American West, wildfires are increasing in size and frequency. In California, the list of Top-20 records are telling: 15 of the most destructive, nine of the largest, and seven of the deadliest wildfires have occurred since 2015. At … Read more
A writer follows Gary Snyder’s ritualized walking meditation of Mt. Tamalpais in search of pandemic relief.
This story originally appeared in bioGraphic, an online magazine about nature and sustainability powered by the California Academy of Sciences. Photographs by Sarah Killingsworth Point Reyes sits at the western edge of Marin County, California, a pick-axe shaped peninsula that juts … Read more