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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.

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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How the Australian Eucalyptus Came to the East Bay Hills

October 18, 2016 by Zach St. George

A 19th century industrialist and his legacy of trees.

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How to Forage For and Prepare Bay Nuts

October 12, 2016 by Ali Budner

Bay nuts are in season. Here are some tips for finding and preparing them.

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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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