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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.

At a Snail’s Place: How the Range of a Common Sea Snail Explains the Underlying Logic of the Universe

April 19, 2017 by Eric Simons

The surprising, spiraling story of why sea snails live where they live.

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The Old Bay Bridge Is Coming Down, Leaving a 40-Year-Old Cormorant Colony Adrift

March 28, 2017 by Mark J. Rauzon

The last of the old Bay Bridge is coming down now, and with it will go a 40-year-old colony of double-crested cormorants.

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How the East Bay Shoreline Became A Park for the People

March 28, 2017 by Lisa Krieger

A walk through the tumultuous history of the East Bay's popular shoreline park.

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What Honeybees Have Taught Me About Xenophobia

January 31, 2017 by Benjamin Eichorn

Opinion: The American democratic experiment and the survival of the planet may depend on overcoming our fear of foreigners

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Brain + Nature = Healthy

January 01, 2017 by Alison Hawkes

Outdoors-lovers have long known that nature makes us feel good. Now scientists peering into the brain are starting to explain why.

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Skip the Elephants and Tigers, These Children’s Books Feature Local Wildlife

December 19, 2016 by Alison Hawkes

With the holidays underway and the kids out of school, now's a good time to curl up with some reads. Why not make them about California?

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Pilot Project to Remove 350 Creosote-Treated Pilings from San Pablo Bay

November 04, 2016 by Victoria Schlesinger

There are 33,000 creosote-treated pilings in the Bay leaching toxins that harm herring.

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Ask the Naturalist: What’s with all the squirrels in Marin?

October 27, 2016 by Bay Nature Staff

A reader asks: Are there more squirrels running around this fall than in years past?

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Q&A: Conservation Photographer Ian Shive on His New Film About the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

October 21, 2016 by Eric Simons

A celebrated conservation photographer and filmmaker talks about how he views the San Francisco Bay's national wildlife refuge.

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The Burning Question in the East Bay Hills: Eucalyptus Is Flammable Compared to What?

October 18, 2016 by Zach St. George

Twenty-five years after the Oakland Hills fire, people still disagree about whether blue gum eucalyptus is a fire threat in the East Bay Hills

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