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Signs of the season: elephant seals, born to breed

December 26, 2013 by Courtney Quirin

One of the most dramatic mating rituals in the animal kingdom is right on our Bay Area doorstep. Male elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park risk life and limb to be the guy who gets to impregnate up to 75 females.

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A highway, a wetland and 250,000 bats

July 25, 2013 by Constance Taylor

The Yolo Causeway is more than just link between here and there. It's the summer residence of a thriving colony of Mexican free-tailed bats.


River otters are here to stay — at the Aquarium of the Bay

July 03, 2013 by Jackson Mauze

Viewing wild river otters can be thrilling, if you find one. Up your chances to 100 percent at a new, permanent exhibit at Aquarium of the Bay.


New records set in Bay Area’s Christmas bird counts

January 07, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

The annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, the longest running citizen science survey in the world, has finished up in the Bay Area with some important findings.

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Spotlight on San Luis National Wildlife Refuge

January 01, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

If you find yourself headed through the Central Valley at this time of the year, a nice pit stop off Highway 5 is the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge.

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Vaux’s swift ‘tornado’ descends on Healdsburg school

August 29, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

What the Vaux swift lacks in size it makes up for in numbers. The smallest species of the swift family ...

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Setting the record straight on bats and rabies

August 24, 2012 by Heather Mack

As fascinating as bats are, they, like all wild creatures, come with a warning label. While rabies is far from ...


A bat-ty summer night out

August 23, 2012 by Heather Mack

Move over, birds. There is another flying – albeit more elusive– species drawing summer crowds. Warmer weather and longer twilights ...


Top 10 Bay Area nature apps

May 31, 2012 by Chris Torres

If you plan on getting outdoors this summer, you'll probably be bringing your smart phone with you. Forgo the hefty guidebooks and consider tapping into some of the great mobile apps out there. We reviewed our Top 10 for the Bay Area so you'll be ready to identify that flash of wing through the trees, ramble around Golden Gate Park without getting lost, or kayak the San Francisco Bay with real-time current updates.

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Owls, their owlet and the Berkeley masses

May 10, 2012 by Jen Joynt

Over the course of two short months, great horned owls hatched and raised an owlet on a trail in Claremont Canyon in Berkeley. A "bird's eye" view of the nest made it possible for passersby to get an intimate look at the owlet's transformation from hatchling to fledgling. But as the popularity of the nesting owls grew, so did the ethical questions. How can so many people enjoy nature without doing it harm?


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