Cars and bikes kill 5,000 newts every year on Alma Bridge Road. It’s an avoidable tragedy.
Timely news, art, ideas and science from the natural world of Northern California.
The splash of green on the ashen landscape was unexpected. Marc Hoshovsky, a naturalist retired from a career with California state agencies, was reviewing a satellite photo of areas burned in the LNU Complex fire last fall, hoping to tease … Read more
In the early 1990s, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service reviewed the status of a rare coastal sand dune plant called the San Francisco lessingia, which grows only in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. The background the service … Read more
A naturalist on the “flowers of winter”
Rare and once thought extinct, the dawn redwood is an ancient relative of the more familiar coast redwood.
Ten days ago the state set new heat records and brush fires broke out. Burn areas in the Santa Cruz Mountains rekindled. Then, over the last three days, a 2,000-mile-long filament of water in the sky burst over the areas that last week sat brown and smoking.
Huge crowds are harvesting mussels and other invertebrates. Could this damage the much-beloved reef?
The ongoing controversy regarding the future management of Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) encompasses the environment, historical preservation, the public will, and more. The National Park Service (NPS) was sued by three environmental groups in February of 2016, and in … Read more
Can volunteer scuba divers start a turnaround for Northern California kelp forests?
Upon the publication of our 20th anniversary issue, editor-in-chief Victoria Schlesinger reflects on the past twenty years and looks forward to the next twenty.