Backyard Feeder Delights: The House Finch

Cover photo: © Michael Janke, 2016, some rights reserved.

From its pet shop introduction to the east coast to its ties to the study of disease spread, the cheerful house finch has a great story under its bright exterior.

Bay Area ‘Penguins’: Common Murres

Cover photo: © Mick Thompson, 2016, some rights reserved.

Did you know that common murre eggs each have a distinct speckled pattern? This is thought to help parents recognize them in the midst of crowded breeding colonies. Learn this and more in our post about this fascinating seabird!

In Need of Protection: Western Snowy Plovers

Cover photo: © Pacific Southwest Region USFWS, 2009, some rights reserved.

Learn about a small species of threatened shorebird that can be found on the beaches along California’s coast.

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.

Nature in the Heart of Silicon Valley: Pearson-Arastradero Preserve

Palo Alto, Ca – The Pearson-Arastradero Preserve offers grassy hills and miles of trails for hiking and dog walking, right in the heart of the Silicon Valley.