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.

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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Nature Journaling: John Muir Laws and the Art of Slowing Down, Sitting Still, and Paying Attention

April 18, 2016 by John Muir Laws

"As a naturalist, educator, and artist, I have found that my journal is the most necessary tool I carry into the field with me; it is even more necessary than my binoculars."

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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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Bay Nature Staff Picks: Signs of the Season

December 21, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

Here are some of our staff's favorite signs of winter in the Bay Area.

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Beetlemania: All Together Now

December 17, 2015 by Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton

Scientists aren't sure why convergent ladybugs huddle together during the winter.

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Ask the Naturalist: Is That Butterfly Supposed To Be Here Now?

November 12, 2015 by Liam O'Brien

A San Francisco reader wonders about the bright orange-red butterfly he recently spotted in his backyard.

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Bay Nature Staff Picks: Signs of the Season

November 01, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

Here are some of our staff's favorite signs of winter in the Bay Area.

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Ask the Naturalist: Where Has “Charlotte” Gone?

October 29, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

A concerned spider fan asks what to do about a missing arachnid and the egg sacs she left behind.

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