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We post the best local nature videos we find from YouTube here, but Bay Nature also produces several kinds of videos and you can see them all here. Broadcast on Northern California public TV stations, our Bay Nature on the Air segments showcase the natural diversity of local ecosystems and natural attractions. You’ll also find videos of our naturalist-guided hikes and audio slideshows that inform you about Bay Area parks and wildlife.

Native California Tarantulas

December 30, 2010 by Rick Bacigalupi

Naturalist Katie Colbert introduces us to the amazing tarantulas that wander the interior hills of the Bay Area. These large spiders might seem scary, but really they’re pretty shy — and yet amazing to watch!  Produced with production assistance from Daniel Okamura


Salt Point Geology and History

December 21, 2010 by Rick Bacigalupi

Geologist Tom Williams and retired Salt Point State Park ranger Bill Walton lead a Bay Nature walk through geology and culture at this park on the Sonoma Coast. Salt Point has remarkable “tafoni” sandstone fretwork, tidepools, and great views. Very much worth the trip! With his company Williams GeoAdventures, Tom leads great trips to destinations […]

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Read the Rocks at Castle Rock

October 13, 2010 by Rick Bacigalupi

Come along on our hike at Castle Rock State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This park is a magnet for rock climbers and geology buffs for the same reason: giant rock outcroppings laced with fretwork and other odd shapes formed by long action of wind and rain, along with a little basic chemistry. The […]

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Asphalt Plant Controversy in Petaluma Wetland

September 30, 2010 by Wesley Clark

Shollenberger Marsh in Petaluma might be an old dredge spoils pond, but it’s become a haven for dozens of bird species and a favorite of local birders and walkers. On October 12, 2010, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing about San Rafael-based Dutra Group’s proposed asphalt plant, which critics say threatens […]

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The 100,000th Acre for East Bay Parks

January 12, 2010 by Rick Bacigalupi

Special Event Video! East Bay Regional Park District acquisition chief Bob Doyle led Bay Nature readers on a hike at the recently purchased Tyler Ranch, home to the 100,000th acre in the park district, which also turned 75 years old in 2009. Produced by Rick Bacigalupi, with production assistance from Daniel Okamura

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Petaluma’s Unique Student-Run Fish Hatchery

January 04, 2010 by Daniel McGlynn

Audio Slideshow: A senior from the United Anglers of Casa Grande High School walks us through their amazing conservation fish hatchery, run entirely by students, for the benefit of struggling trout and salmon populations. Read our article about the program: Petaluma’s Teenage Fish Force. by Daniel McGlynn

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The Oaks of Sunol Wilderness

December 18, 2009 by Rick Bacigalupi

Special Event Video! Naturalist Katie Colbert takes us on a guided hike among the oaks of Sunol Regional Wilderness, in eastern Alameda County. These oaks host hundreds of species of plants and animals, including tiny wasps that prompt the trees to create galls in amazing colors and shapes. Produced by Rick Bacigalupi, with production assistance […]

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Paddling Point Reyes’s Newest Wetlands

December 18, 2009 by Rick Bacigalupi

Special Event Video! In winter 2009, a group of Bay Nature readers headed out with naturalist David Wimpfheimer and guides from Blue Waters Kayak to see one of the newest wetlands in the Bay Area: the Giacomini Wetlands, former dairy pastures now turned back to prime waterbird habitat. Produced by Rick Bacigalupi, with production assistance […]

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The Making of a Naturalist’s Notebook

September 01, 2009 by Daniel McGlynn

Watch artist Jack Laws as he illustrates a page about fire on SanBruno Mountain for the October-December 2009 issue of Bay Nature. Jack’s unique style and devotion to working in the field have made his pages among the most liked in survey after survey of Bay Nature readers. Find out how he does what he […]

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Life in a Ditch

July 27, 2009 by Rick Bacigalupi

Special Event Video! Kite aerial photographer Cris Benton and microbiologist Wayne Lanier lead us on an exploration of an unassuming ditch that has captured their attention for several years. From beautiful colors and textures to surprising biodiversity to a remarkable capacity for carbon sequestration, there’s a lot to learn out at the Weep. Produced by […]

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