Urban Nature

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.

On The Trail of the Surprisingly Mysterious Gray Fox

October 21, 2015 by Elizabeth Rogers

Gray foxes in the Bay Area: Where are they? What are they? The answer to both questions is surprisingly complicated. Fortunately, there's "The Fox Guy."

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How Humans, and Dogs, Can Coexist With Coyotes in San Francisco

October 20, 2015 by Graelyn Brashear

San Francisco holds public meetings on coexisting with coyotes.


What Flows Beneath Temescal

September 08, 2015 by Coby McDonald

Temescal Creek flows through concrete culverts from Lake Temescal through the flats of Oakland and Emeryville, into San Francisco Bay—out of sight and largely out of mind. Creek advocates are hoping to change that.


The Peninsula Watershed: To Open, Or Not To Open?

August 20, 2015 by Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton

The 23,000 acres around Crystal Springs are prime hiking territory in an urban region desperate for more places to get outdoors. They're also home to numerous endangered species, and critical to San Francisco's drinking water supply.


What’s Living in the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge? Plenty, Still.

August 13, 2015 by Timothy Hill

The Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge might not look like much. But its industrial surroundings hide a biodiversity gem.

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How to Get Along With Coyotes As Pups Venture Out

August 06, 2015 by Janet Kessler

Tips from coyote watcher Janet Kessler on coexisting with urban predators.


What Could You Do With 13 Acres of Brand-New Parkland In San Francisco’s Presidio?

July 20, 2015 by Melanie Hess

By sinking Doyle Drive into a tunnel, the Presidio has created an additional 13 acres of open space. Now the question is how to use it -- and the Presidio Trust wants the public to help decide.

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The Randall Museum Closes for a Makeover, and the Animals Get a Big Adventure

July 01, 2015 by Chelsea Leu

On moving day at the remodeling Randall Museum, beloved animals leave their home for the next year.

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To Save a Park in San Francisco’s Bayview, Advocates Turn to Citizen Science “With a Mission”

June 18, 2015 by Eric Simons

Development could wipe out one of the Bayview's few open space areas. Nature in the City hopes knowing more about what lives there can stop the construction.


Driving Home the Butterfly

May 18, 2015 by Eric Simons

The endangered Mission blue butterfly flies again on Twin Peaks, thanks to a dedicated six-year transplant effort that might be in its last year.