American kestrels, the smallest falcon in North America, are a familiar sight in the Bay Area.
Nature to look for in summer 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put bats in the headlines. Now’s the time to learn about their essential role in Bay Area ecology and how to live alongside them.
Bored at home? Learn how to train common flies to ride on your finger like miniature falcons.
Eight bat species live in the East Bay parks.
The mourning cloak butterfly, Nymphalis antiopa, is one of the most widely distributed butterflies in the world, ranging across most of the northern hemisphere. In some places like the British Isles it’s quite rare and to find one would make … Read more
The global species-finding competition returns on April 24, minus the competition.
I’m not usually masochistic. But then I spent three months this winter trying to observe extremely elusive short eared owls in a busy park in the inner Bay Area. (I’ll omit the location in order to preserve a semblance of … Read more
It’s hard not to wonder if maybe it’s the people that have changed, and not the animals.
When Kyle Van Houtan, the chief scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, first began publishing research in the 1990s, he had to physically mail a typed manuscript in an envelope to a scientific journal, with a copy for each reviewer. … Read more