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Bay Nature magazineJuly-September 2018

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.

Meet the Urban Osprey. It’s a Little Bit Punk and a Little Bit Geeky … and Then it Goes Hunting.

June 21, 2018 by Kim Todd

Do these large, wild, fearsome fish predators prefer our built-up shoreline bristling with apartments, cargo ships, and manufacturing equipment? And what does it mean if they do?


Are Baby Rattlesnakes the Most Dangerous Biters?

May 01, 2018 by Tony Iwane

People often say baby rattlesnake bites are more dangerous than adult rattlesnake bites. Is the conventional wisdom correct?


San Francisco Nature, Mapped

March 30, 2018 by Zach St. George

A new look at nature in San Francisco.


The City Nature Challenge Returns April 27-30, and It’s Gone Global

March 30, 2018 by Eric Simons

A global biodiversity treasure hunt returns to the Bay Area at the end of April.

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Coyote Tracker: San Francisco’s Uneasy Embrace of a Predator’s Return

January 02, 2018 by Kim Todd

Coyotes have returned to San Francisco. Now, for the first time, ecologists are gaining insight into how and where these urban predators live.


Toyon and Cedar Waxwings: A Classic Pairing

January 02, 2018 by Sue Rosenthal

Cedar waxwing flocks picking through bushes of red berries is a classic sign of late fall.

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A Street Tree Revolution in Silicon Valley

January 02, 2018 by Eric Simons

Urban ecologists hope to inspire a love of nature in the sprawling heart of tech.

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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.


In the Bay Area, Big Birds are Back

September 25, 2017 by Eric Simons

Bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and ospreys are in the news. Is there a connection?

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Find a Lot of Bugs When You Clean Your Backyard Swimming Pool? Scientists Want to See Them

August 25, 2017 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

A new citizen science project looks closely at the insect gold mine that is backyard pools -- and already it's found potentially new species.

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