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Which Species of Woodpecker Can You Find in Golden Gate Park?

January 09, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

As you walk through Golden Gate park you may here the 'knock, knock, knock' of a woodpecker working for its lunch. But as one reader asked, what species can you find in the park?


Before the Annual Fungus Fair, It’s All About Finding the Right Mushroom

December 23, 2013 by Emily Moskal

Served in French dishes under the alias pom pom du blanc, lion’s mane has a texture and taste resembling lobster or shrimp. Chris Schoenstein, a lifelong enthusiast and member of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, has only seen one 2 or 3 times. But that, if you’re a mushroom hunter, is the hook that keeps you coming back to an event like the Wunderlich Foray.


Bay Area classic film hikes

September 26, 2013 by Jackson Mauze

Film buff? Local history fan? Bay Nature takes a look at the bay's best classic film hikes.

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Golden Gate Park

July 08, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

Larger than New York’s Central Park, this impressive urban park, full of amenities (museums, gardens, playing fields, and bison) is ...

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Off-leash dog harasses coyotes

May 16, 2012 by Bay Nature

After “not getting the message ” about how to behave around coyotes, San Francisco Animal Care and Control released this ...

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Fake grass in Golden Gate Park worries bird advocates

December 01, 2011 by Alison Hawkes

The Beach Chalet Athletic Fields may not seem like an ecological oasis, but environmentalists are fighting a San Francisco plan to replace natural grass with artificial turf. They say the move would turn foraging grounds into the ecological equivalent of a parking lot. City officials say the fake grass is needed to help it meet growing recreational needs.

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Big Birds in the Big City

February 09, 2011 by Beth Rodio

When not visiting her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, to "perfect her accent," Nancy DeStefanis is helping kids discover nature through San Francisco Nature Education, the grassroots environmental education organization she founded in 2000. Many programs center around the herons and egrets that nest at Stow Lake, in Golden Gate Park.

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Help for the Sparrows of Golden Gate Park

January 01, 2011 by Aleta George

Every September, people flock to Golden Gate Park's Sharon Meadow to enjoy the arias sung during Opera in the Park. But there is another free concert at the other end of the park: the song of the Nuttall's white-crowned sparrow. A new restoration project aims to help the sparrows sing a bit louder.

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“Never Give Up!”

January 01, 2011 by David Kupfer

Before Harold Gilliam began his weekly newspaper column in 1960, the category of environmental journalism simply did not exist. For the next 35 years, Gilliam pioneered and perfected the craft of environmental reporting. We talk to him about his career, biggest stories, and how things are different for today's environmental journalists.


Native Son

April 01, 2010 by Matthew Bettelheim

The Pacific Coast of North America has only one species of native turtle: the western pond turtle. Just 80 years ago, a naturalist found more than 100 of these creatures thriving along an unremarkable stretch of a local creek. Today, a similar survey turns up a fraction of that, as natives compete with plentiful escaped pet turtles and other exotics. But a new conservation plan could tip that balance, and public awareness, back in the western pond turtle's favor.


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