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Bay Nature magazineJuly-September 2018


Human settlement in the San Francisco Bay Area dates back 7,000 years to early Native American settlements. Today, the region is a teeming metropolis of 6 million people that collectively challenge the health of the region’s ecosystems. How it got this way — from Spanish acquisition to the Gold Rush boom and on to contemporary battles over land development — is a story that prompts a deeper understanding of our place in the landscape.

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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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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A Landscape Shaped by Art in the Santa Cruz Mountains

January 02, 2018 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

At an artists' retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a chance to see art and nature mix.

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Hiking With Dad: A Daughter Helps Her Father Explore the Accessibility of the East Bay Parks

September 25, 2017 by Kathleen Richards

When Kathleen Richards' father had a stroke, she set out into the parks to let nature aid his recovery.


Who Was Georg Steller and Why Are Animals Named After Him?

September 25, 2017 by Nate Seltenrich

You've heard of the Steller's jay and the Steller's sea lion. What about Georg Steller?

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Why Fall Feels Different in the Bay Area: It’s the Smell of Change

September 25, 2017 by Alissa Greenberg

Why does fall excite so many sensory memories? Olfactory scientists explain.

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Nature and Culture Mix in a Theatre Amid the Oaks on Mount Tam

September 25, 2017 by Claire Peaslee

The traditional Mountain Play on Mount Tam incorporates the scenery around it.

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Meet Mount Tamalpais

September 25, 2017 by John Hart

How people came to understand the North Bay's iconic peak.

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The Nature of the Dipsea Race

September 25, 2017 by Alisa Opar

Nature is a high-impact participant in the nation's oldest cross-country running competition.

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