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Wildlife: Invertebrates, Reptiles, Amphibians

To some, species such as nudibranchs, sweat bees, tarantulas, and red-legged frogs are lumped into the great wide world of creepy-crawlies. But these underfoot and underwater animals can be surprisingly interesting, albeit sometimes obscure. The sense of wonder and curiosity that these species spark is a reminder of wildlife’s inherent value, no matter the size or number of legs.

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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They Lowered the Level of San Mateo’s Marina Lagoon and Found … These Things

April 04, 2017 by John Muir Laws

Australian tube worms are now widespread in brackish waters of the San Francisco Bay.

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The Efficient Beauty of Starfish Larvae

April 03, 2017 by Emily Williams

A sea star baby creates complicated, beautiful water patterns -- and a team of Stanford scientists looks for an explanation.

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What’s That Sea Snail Doing in the Aquarium? (Working.)

March 20, 2017 by Eric Simons

If you look closely at the California Coast exhibit next time you visit the California Academy of Sciences, you'll see a bunch of small black sea snails. Are they there on purpose?

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El Niño’s Gone, But Some Unusual Southern Visitors Remain on the North Coast

March 17, 2017 by Mary Helen Rowell

Biologists found 19 live pelagic red crabs in Bodega Bay in January, a first.

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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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Pacific Chorus Frogs Use Their Famous Calls to Stake Out Territory

January 01, 2017 by Claire Peaslee

That iconic Hollywood "ribbit" has a purpose.

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A Sea Snail’s Ability to Flee From Predators Is Impaired By More Acidic Water, New Paper Suggests

July 01, 2016 by Eric Simons

Sea snails flee from predators. A new research paper suggests that ocean acidification impairs that ability.

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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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Build a Wetland, Save the Frogs … If You Can Figure Out Where to Build It

April 22, 2016 by Lauren McNulty

A Berkeley group hopes to build 1,000 wetlands in the next 10 years to save amphibians. They need help.

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