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Bay Nature magazineJan-Mar 2011 issue

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Sticks and Stones Can Make a Home

January 01, 2011 by Cat Taylor

"Home"--the word evokes many images: memories of your childhood abode or the smell of a home-cooked meal. Animals, too, have different ideas of home--nursery, fortress, or merely a place to rest. Here's a few fun homes you might see in the woods, if you know where to look.

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The Ants Go Marching One by One

July 01, 2010 by Mike Koslosky

How the heck do all those ants find you every time you sit down at a park for a nice picnic? The short answer is: sheer numbers and good communication. But there’s a lot more to know about ants than that...

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At Home Under the Log

January 01, 2010 by David Herlocker

A world awaits discovery under almost any humble log in winter, whether it’s in your backyard or deep in the woods. Lift that log and make some new discoveries. Just be sure to put that log back carefully...


It’s Raining…Rain Beetles?

October 31, 2008 by Kate Brittain

As April showers are to May flowers in other parts of the country, so are autumn rains to the rain beetle here in the Bay Area. The rainy season's first soaking precipitation (an inch or more) beckons forth this remarkable insect.

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Termite Emergence

August 22, 2008 by Jody Zaitlin

Watch for hungry dragonflies and jays darting about: That can be a sign that the termites are emerging! Termites live mostly underground (or in our walls!) but as winter approaches, they grow wings and take to the air in droves to form new colonies.

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Chasing the West Coast Lady

July 18, 2008 by Laura Hautala

If butterfly watching sounds sedate, perhaps you've never witnessed the excitement of the territorial chase...

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Once Stung, Twice Shy

July 01, 2008 by Alan Kaplan

Learn about some of our local stinging insects, from the familiar honeybee to the powerful velvet ant (watch out for that one!).

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Why Do Dragonflies Swarm?

April 01, 2008 by Michael Ellis

Q: Last October, while hiking on Mount Tamalpais, near Laurel Dell, I saw numerous swarms of dragonflies. Could you tell ...


Presumed Extinct

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Mention extinct species, and most people think of long-gone mastodons and saber-toothed tigers. But we know that some Bay Area species have disappeared in just the last 200 years. Or have they? Prompted by rediscoveries of lost species in Solano and Contra Costa counties, we decided to see what other missing flora and fauna might still be out there, awaiting a patient observer.

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Raising the Dead: Bringing Ghosts to Life, October-December 2007

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

How do you commission portraits of species the world has dismissed as extinct, species no one has seen in decades? ...

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