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.

A Ribwort Plantain Grows, Four Stories High, in San Francisco

August 24, 2016 by Ali Budner

A muralist highlights overlooked nature in San Francisco.

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This Animal Has Never Been Seen Away From Lake Merritt — But It’s Not From Oakland

August 22, 2016 by Eric Simons

A small land crustacean has lived on the beach at Adams Point for a century. It's never been seen elsewhere in the world. It's definitely not an Oakland native. Now what?

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A Shakespearian Classic with a California Landscape Twist: Romeo and Juliet Comes Outdoors to the Petaluma Adobe

July 28, 2016 by Elizabeth Rogers

The We Players theater group performs Romeo and Juliet at the Petaluma Adobe this summer.

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Place and Population Size Shape the Sonoran Blue, A Contender for Bay Area’s ‘Most Beautiful Butterfly’

June 10, 2016 by Isabel Soloaga

The Sonoran Blue is, according to some experts, the most beautiful butterfly in the Bay Area. Alum Rock Park in San Jose is the best place to find them, and even there it’s not easy.

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Measure AA for a Clean and Healthy Bay

June 07, 2016 by Alison Hawkes

Residents of the Bay Area’s nine counties have passed a $12-per-year parcel tax to raise $500 million toward wetlands restoration and other Bay shoreline improvements over the next 20 years in what will be a historic influx in funding for the Bay.

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Build a Wetland, Save the Frogs … If You Can Figure Out Where to Build It

April 22, 2016 by Lauren McNulty

A Berkeley group hopes to build 1,000 wetlands in the next 10 years to save amphibians. They need help.

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Wild Stories of an Unseen City

April 05, 2016 by Nathanael Johnson

An excerpt from Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails, & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness, by Nathanael Johnson.

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The Livermore Tarweed Lives Happily Ever After(?)

March 14, 2016 by Eric Simons

The Livermore tarweed is indistinct, hairy, and smelly. It is also exceedingly rare and in imminent danger.

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Finding Your Park with GGNRA’s Christine Lehnertz

March 01, 2016 by Alison Hawkes

GGNRA Superintendent Christine Lehnertz looks at the challenges and opportunities unique to the national park in San Francisco's backyard.

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15 Years of Bay Nature: A Talk by Publisher David Loeb

February 25, 2016 by Bay Nature Staff

Publisher David Loeb traces the roots of his attachment to nearby nature -- and why he started a magazine about it.

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