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.

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.

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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.

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San Francisco’s Native Bees Do the Job Just Fine

March 17, 2015 by Michelaina Johnson

San Francisco gardeners should take heart. There's enough native bees around to do your pollinating.

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Pioneering The Mammal Big Day

March 12, 2015 by Peter Pyle

The idea of recording as many mammals as you can see in 24 hours hasn't caught on the way the birding big day has. But when a team of longtime biologists set out into the field, their efforts netted them some important new information about Northern California's wild mammals -- and a new North American record.

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A Natural History of That Little Yellow Flower That’s Everywhere Right Now

March 11, 2015 by Chelsea Leu

Oxalis provides a delightful burst of yellow color in the spring. Also, it's eating the entire Bay Area alive.

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Fighting to Save, and Popularize, San Bruno Mountain

February 26, 2015 by Joshua Chin

David Schooley and San Bruno Mountain Watch have done much to save San Bruno Mountain. Now they want to share it with the world.

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Without Racial Diversity, Do Enviros Risk Becoming Marginalized?

February 25, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

UC Berkeley professor Carolyn Finney explains why environmentalists should support biodiversity — and racial diversity.

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Gray Fox Spotted in Presidio for First Time In More Than a Decade

February 20, 2015 by Eric Simons

A Presidio Trust biological science tech spotted a gray fox near the Batteries to Bluffs trail on Wednesday, the first recorded in the Presidio since 2004.

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