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Plants and Fungi

From majestic 300-foot redwoods to the luscious black witch’s butter mushroom, the San Francisco Bay Area is alive with plants and fungi. Yet many of these rooted natives are threatened by the twin forces of development and invasive species, making their survival particularly critical for the food web.

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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A Story About Once and Future California, Written in the Rings of Redwoods

February 08, 2017 by Lucy Kang

Why would a scientist count a quarter of a million redwood tree rings?

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Naturalist’s Notebook: Good Algae Gone Bad

January 01, 2017 by John Muir Laws

Blue-green algae has made some Bay Area ponds dangerous

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Brightly Colored Parrot Mushrooms Love the Damp Dark Days of Winter

January 01, 2017 by Anna Towers

Parrot mushrooms love the dark days of winter.

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New Science Helps Understand Redwood Ghosts

January 01, 2017 by Alexander Fox

Albino redwood trees, first documented in 1866, have been a mystery for as long as we’ve known they were out there.

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Meet Bay Nature’s 2017 Local Heroes

November 02, 2016 by Bay Nature Staff

Bay Nature Institute announces its 4 Local Hero Award winners for 2017.

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A Taste of Bay Laurel

October 17, 2016 by Ali Budner

The California bay laurel is an emblem of the Bay Area.

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How to Forage For and Prepare Bay Nuts

October 12, 2016 by Ali Budner

Bay nuts are in season. Here are some tips for finding and preparing them.

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A Ribwort Plantain Grows, Four Stories High, in San Francisco

August 24, 2016 by Ali Budner

A muralist highlights overlooked nature in San Francisco.

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What’s Next for the Redwoods?

July 11, 2016 by Joan Hamilton

A bold new design for the redwood forests of the 21st century is forged in the Santa Cruz Mountains

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