Rats don’t have the best reputation, but you’ve gotta respect these adaptable survivors! Here’s how to identify your city’s rats.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, slices of nature pop up in the most unexpected places, a testament to the region's wealth in biodiversity and the resilience of its natural systems. Bringing nature to urban areas is not just about ensuring the survival of species, but enhancing people's quality of life through a fulfillment of our innate need to be with nature.
What a City Can Do for Nature
In the early 1990s, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service reviewed the status of a rare coastal sand dune plant called the San Francisco lessingia, which grows only in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. The background the service … Read more
California Commits to Conserving 30 Percent of its Land and Water by 2030. What Does That Mean?
On October 7 California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the state to create a new California Biodiversity Collaborative and conserve 30 percent of its land and coastal waters by 2030. Conservationists have celebrated the enshrinement of biodiversity preservation among the state’s … Read more
Birding Through 2020
Fall migration is underway in the Bay Area. Meanwhile birding in general is having a moment amid the pandemic, social change, and political tension.
Lord of the Flies
Bored at home? Learn how to train common flies to ride on your finger like miniature falcons.
The New Naturalists
There’s a resurgence in exploring and documenting nature worldwide
Face-to-Face With Mining Bees
The mining bee family Andrenidae is tough to get to know. They are, for all this, among our most common wild bees.
Who’s Knocking at Your Back Door in the Night? Probably Raccoons.
Urban raccoons are everywhere. Some evidence suggests they’re growing smarter from living in an urban world.
Can Parks Help Cities Fight Crime?
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The relationship between parks and crime remains the subject of debate. Some scholars say parks and other urban green spaces prevent violence. When vacant … Read more
An Update to the App to Identify (Almost) Anything (Almost) Anywhere
If you ever wander around wanting to know the names of plants and animals around you, Seek, a newly rebuilt app from the iNaturalist team at the California Academy of Sciences, now offers instant identifications through the camera view on … Read more