Category: Blog

Sudden Oak Death’s Grip on California Forests

Oak trees have been in danger in California since the mid-1990’s, and researchers are now predicting a grim future for California’s emblematic tree. The killer, termed “Sudden Oak Death”, has killed an estimated 3 million trees since its introduction to California.

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I grew up in the East Bay area of San Francisco, content to spend my childhood days exploring the small plot of grass between ours and the adjacent apartment building. That patch of grass was my source of endless wonder.

The Bay Area’s Fight for the Western Burrowing Owl

Cover photo: © Nathan Rupert, 2010, some rights reserved.

Learn about the burrowing owl’s current conservation status in the Bay Area and the current initiatives to protect them.

The Brown Recluse: How Dangerous Is It?

Cover Photo: © Andrew Hoffman, 2012, some rights reserved

Recluse spiders are some of the most feared spiders in America. Rumors of infestations, highly dangerous bites, and even deaths have spread throughout the country. Yet despite the rampant arachnophobia, brown recluses are actually not so dangerous when we take a closer look at the spider behind the hype.

Trouble in Paradise: Migrating Monarch Butterflies Face Declines

Cover photo: © Felix, 2011, some rights reserved.

Learn about the Monarch Butterfly, the threats that contribute to their continuing decline, and ways you can help from your own backyard.

Social Attraction: The Story of California’s Common Murres

Cover photo: © 2012, Tim Lenz, some rights reserved.

The story of the decline of a California seabird, and its recovery using decoy birds, speakers, and mirrors.