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Recreation

Getting out into nature is part of the cultural fabric of the San Francisco Bay Area, thanks to the region’s impressive landscapes and rich natural resources. From hiking to birdwatching and painting, the San Francisco Bay and its surrounding hills and beaches offer a myriad of ways to connect with the outdoors and find inspiration in what nature offers.

Summer Algal Bloom and Aquatic Grass Growth Forces Boats Off the Water in Berkeley’s Aquatic Park

July 27, 2017 by Sonner Kehrt

A yellow-brown blanket covers the Berkeley Aquatic Park lagoon.

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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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José González on Growing Latino Outdoors

June 28, 2017 by Victor Reyes

Latino Outdoors is a familiar part of the California conservation landscape. Now its founder is ready for LO to take its place alongside the Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy.

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A Mountaintop with Panoramic Bay Area Views, Closed to the Public for 59 Years, Opens This Fall

March 28, 2017 by Elizabeth Devitt

At the "resting place of the hummingbirds," a panoramic view of the Bay Area that few from the general public have ever seen.

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Franklin Point Offers A Unique Look at the San Mateo Coast

January 01, 2017 by Nate Seltenrich

The California Coastal Trail runs west of Highway 1 along this scenic stretch of the San Mateo coast.

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Brain + Nature = Healthy

January 01, 2017 by Alison Hawkes

Outdoors-lovers have long known that nature makes us feel good. Now scientists peering into the brain are starting to explain why.

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How To Go Tidepooling, a Guide for the Amateur

January 01, 2017 by Eric Simons

How to go tidepooling and find things.

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A Fishing Expedition: On the Hunt for Anglers and Childhood Memories in the East Bay

October 25, 2016 by De Tran

A writer goes looking for fish, stories, and memories in the East Bay parks.

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New East Bay Ecological Reserve Welcomes Hikers, Bikers, Birders, and Boaters

October 14, 2016 by Robin Meadows

Eden Landing's 6,400 acres of salt ponds are being restored to marsh and shorebird habitat, and now welcome human visitors.

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Ranch Recreation: Camping Out on Working Lands in Western Sonoma

July 22, 2016 by Sabine Bergmann

In the "middle space" between protected and unprotected, a reporter finds a perfect place to camp.

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