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Science and Nature

Natural history, human history, and science.

What Do River Otters Do When the River Runs Dry in a Drought?

August 07, 2018 by Megan Isadore

A reader asks about the fate of a family of river otters living in Coyote Creek, which dried up in many places in the drought.

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Do Dragonflies Tease Turtles?

July 24, 2018 by Leslie Flint

A reader saw a dragonfly seemingly tapping a turtle on the head in the Sunol Regional Wilderness. Any ideas what's happening?

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The Discovery of the Oldest Redwood South of Mendocino Marks a New Era

June 27, 2018 by Brittany Shoot

The mammoth McApin Tree is not just the venerable elder in its grove. It’s thought the giant redwood holds within its fire-charred rings the surrounding forest’s formative secrets.

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The Guadalupe River and the Hidden Heart of San José

June 27, 2018 by Eric Simons

The Guadalupe River winds its way through history, both natural and human.

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Longtime Audubon Canyon Ranch Scientist Retires

June 27, 2018 by Victoria Schlesinger

John Kelly, the director of conservation science at Audubon Canyon Ranch, is retiring after decades making a better Bay Area for birds.

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“Plain” Cabbage White Butterflies are Anything but Ordinary

June 27, 2018 by Kaitlyn Kraybill-Voth

A commonplace butterfly with an interesting history in the United States becomes the subject of a citizen science initiative to study climate change.

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About Summer, and Time, and the Future

June 27, 2018 by Victoria Schlesinger

What's in this summer issue of Bay Nature, and beyond.

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New Academy of Sciences Exhibit Explores Coastal California’s Giants of Land and Sea

June 27, 2018 by Eric Simons

A new Academy exhibit showcases iconic giants of the region while celebrating the details that make California unique.

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An Acidified San Francisco Bay? No One’s Studied That Yet

June 27, 2018 by Eric Simons

Despite how often we discuss climate change, experts are just beginning to monitor the acidification of the San Francisco Bay.

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Why the West Antarctic Sheet Matters to the Bay Area

June 27, 2018 by Cooper Elsworth

Climate change effects everyone. But because of a combination of environmental factors, the Bay Area is especially vulnerable to sea level rise.

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