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Human History

Human settlement in the San Francisco Bay Area dates back 7,000 years to early Native American settlements. Today, the region is a teeming metropolis of 6 million people that collectively challenge the health of the region’s ecosystems. How it got this way — from Spanish acquisition to the Gold Rush boom and on to contemporary battles over land development — is a story that prompts a deeper understanding of our place in the landscape.

Identify Anything, Anywhere, Instantly (Well, Almost) With the Newest iNaturalist Release

July 17, 2017 by Eric Simons

iNaturalist adds an option to use artificial intelligence to provide instant nature identifications.

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The Charms of Tolay Lake Regional Park

June 28, 2017 by Greg Sarris

In the Alaguali tradition, this lake in Sonoma County was a place of healing. Charmstones found in the lake bed date to more than 4,000 years old, and come from as far away as Mexico.

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BayWood Artists Celebrate 20 Years of Painting With Mount Tam Show

June 28, 2017 by Christin Coy

An artist's view of Mount Tam.

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Farewell Letter from Bay Nature Publisher David Loeb

June 28, 2017 by David Loeb

Bay Nature Publisher David Loeb reflects on changes since he co-founded the magazine in 2001.

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Celebrate Inclusive National Parks with the #AANPE

April 03, 2017 by Victoria Schlesinger

The African American National Parks Event encourages people to visit their local national parks on the first weekend in June

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How the East Bay Shoreline Became A Park for the People

March 28, 2017 by Lisa Krieger

A walk through the tumultuous history of the East Bay's popular shoreline park.

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Letter to the Editor: Protecting Diversity Is the Opposite of Xenophobia

February 23, 2017 by Doug Johnson

Some non-native species are okay. But not all of them.

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Old Giants: The Last Days of Oakland’s Redwoods

January 01, 2017 by Sylvia Linsteadt

An excerpt from Sylvia Lindsteadt's Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area on the logging of the East Bay's redwood trees.

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Dark Treasure: Mount Diablo’s Lost Coal Mines

January 01, 2017 by Sylvia Linsteadt

An excerpt from Sylvia Lindsteadt's Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area on the lost coal mines of Mount Diablo.

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Bay Area Nature’s All-Hands-On-Deck Moment

January 01, 2017 by David Loeb

The Bay is healthier now than it has been at any time in the past 50 years. And that’s because people in this century decided to work together across disciplines and institutional boundaries to reverse the damage done over the previous two centuries.

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