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.

Love Muir Woods? Park Service Asks: Please Stay Away

January 06, 2016 by Julia Busiek

A reservation system for the popular redwood grove is coming in 2017. Until then, the Park Service urges residents to stay away.

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Q&A With the Proprietor of the ‘Ladybug Hotel’

December 29, 2015 by Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton

Jeremy Brautman describes the feeling of a "loveliness" of ladybugs, and explains how he decided to try and help the loveliness along.

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Brown Pelicans Show Breeding Failure

December 28, 2015 by Richard Bangert

About 100 California Brown Pelicans made an unusual appearance on the old wooden dock on the south side of Alameda Point. But only one of the pelicans could be identified as a one- or two-year-old.

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The Front Line in California’s Mosquito Monitoring: Sentinel Chickens

December 11, 2015 by Elizabeth Rogers

In the heart of Silicon Valley, the most reliable technology we have for monitoring West Nile virus is a bird domesticated in the Stone Age.

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On The Trail of the Surprisingly Mysterious Gray Fox

October 21, 2015 by Elizabeth Rogers

Gray foxes in the Bay Area: Where are they? What are they? The answer to both questions is surprisingly complicated. Fortunately, there's "The Fox Guy."

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How Humans, and Dogs, Can Coexist With Coyotes in San Francisco

October 20, 2015 by Graelyn Brashear

San Francisco holds public meetings on coexisting with coyotes.

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What Flows Beneath Temescal

September 08, 2015 by Coby McDonald

Temescal Creek flows through concrete culverts from Lake Temescal through the flats of Oakland and Emeryville, into San Francisco Bay—out of sight and largely out of mind. Creek advocates are hoping to change that.

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The Peninsula Watershed: To Open, Or Not To Open?

August 20, 2015 by Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton

The 23,000 acres around Crystal Springs are prime hiking territory in an urban region desperate for more places to get outdoors. They're also home to numerous endangered species, and critical to San Francisco's drinking water supply.

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What’s Living in the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge? Plenty, Still.

August 13, 2015 by Timothy Hill

The Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge might not look like much. But its industrial surroundings hide a biodiversity gem.

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How to Get Along With Coyotes As Pups Venture Out

August 06, 2015 by Janet Kessler

Tips from coyote watcher Janet Kessler on coexisting with urban predators.

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