California's state park system is the largest and most diverse natural and cultural heritage holdings in the nation. Yet the century-and-a-half-old system has been in perpetual crisis mode for several decades, battered about by funding shortfalls and repeated threats of closures.

Tilden botanic garden

Birding the Botanic Garden

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The Botanic Garden Bird Survey Team has recorded all of the birds they’ve observed in this corner of Tilden Regional Park, specifically tracking which species visit and when, what they eat, and the materials they use to build nests.

robert doyle in 1976

Reflections on an Era

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Reflecting on an era of East Bay conservation, Bob Doyle recounts his career and looks toward the future of parks and open space.

Some Closed Bay Area Parks to Reopen

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As part of a regional easing of shelter-in-place restrictions, parks will start to reopen in Sonoma and San Mateo County after a month of full closure. Sonoma, which fully closed all of its parks on March 23, will maintain its … Read more