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Fountain a Watering Hole for Drought-Affected Birds

October 08, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Where does a thirsty bird go when the drought hits hard?


Ardenwood Historic Farm

July 08, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

Come learn about the agricultural practices of California in the late 19th century at this historic working farm at a ...

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Great year to view monarch butterflies

January 05, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

Monarchs may be the most celebrated and regal of the Lepidoptera, and they're hitting record highs in the Bay Area. Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont is estimating their numbers at 4,200, which is 10 times the normal count. Grab your binoculars.

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Reaping the Harvest

October 01, 2008 by Joan Hamilton

It’s easy to forget how much of the Bay Area was once a working landscape. Row crops, orchards, and pastures held sway in places now covered by freeways and houses. But a surprising amount of that working land endures in our parks and preserves. In the East Bay, ranchers still run cattle on thousands of acres of land, both public and private. And in a few places, thanks to the East Bay Regional Park District, kids and adults can learn firsthand about skills people once took for granted: how to plant a seed, plow a field, grind grain into flour, or spin wool into yarn.

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Down on the Farm

October 01, 2008 by Jessica Taekman

There are many local farms in the Bay Area where families can visit to learn about how food is grown and raised and meet the farmers who make it happen.


Ubiquitous Eucalyptus

July 01, 2006 by Bill O’Brien

Some folks love their scent and shade; others resent them for crowding out natives; most of us know they came from Australia and found a niche here. But few know that the East Bay’s eucalypts owe their presence to one entrepreneur who thought the trees would make him rich. They didn’t, but now, love them or hate them, the trees are here to stay. Fortunately, some animals have profited from Mr. Havens’s mistake.

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