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.

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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Never Mind the Game; Here’s a Superb Owl in San Jose

January 30, 2015 by Laura Hautala

This is no mere Internet meme: the City of San Jose has a burrowing owl preserve, with hidden cameras, and it is spectacular.

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From the Bottom Up at Mountain Lake

January 30, 2015 by Dhyana Levey

With San Francisco's Mountain Lake once again clean enough to support native species, its managers are reintroducing the basic building blocks of a healthy ecosystem.

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Learning to Love the Presidio’s Ancient Dune Ecosystem

January 28, 2015 by Katie Harrington

Ecologists hope that by reviving a rare dune ecosystem, the public will come to appreciate it as much as the forest.

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Are Humans Part of Wild Nature? Interview with M. Sanjayan

January 15, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

New documentary film series explores how humans and nature are codependent.

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A Conservationist’s Take on the Knowland Park Controversy

November 17, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The City of Oakland is about to make a major decision on the future of one of the Bay Area's last remaining maritime chaparral communities.

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Acorn Woodpeckers Expand Range in Search of Meager Acorn Supplies

November 04, 2014 by Bruce Mast/Golden Gate Birder

The failure of the spring rains this year may have something to do with woodpeckers foraging in Berkeley and San Francisco.

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San Francisco’s Street Trees in Poor Shape as City Shifts Upkeep to Residents

October 30, 2014 by Daphne Matziaraki

Advocates say SF is losing its urban forest because of a budget shortfall for tree maintenance.

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