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Foxes May Be Expanding Their East Bay Habitats

Once rarely sighted, gray foxes are being seen by more East Bay residents, and there’s nothing to be alarmed over.
August 7, 2019

Sundown for an Era on San Francisco Bay

In the face of climate change and sea-level rise, regulators are rethinking long-held attitudes toward bay fill.
August 2, 2019

Unmasking the Legend of Lake Merritt’s Extinct Albino Raccoons

When the death of the last living specimen was reported, its passing became a cause celebre on social media.
July 13, 2019

The Tick That Took Me Out

My story of getting and coping with late-stage Lyme disease—one of the fastest spreading, most debilitating, and least understood diseases in the nation.
January 21, 2019

A Riveting Osprey Cam Has Hatched a Flourishing Human Community

The Golden Gate Audubon Society’s video cameras are focused directly on an osprey nest atop the Whirley Crane in Richmond, and the response has been overwhelming.
January 7, 2019

Another Reason to Turn Off the Lights

A recent study suggests that artificial lighting makes it harder for birds — and perhaps humans — to fight off West Nile Virus.
December 3, 2018

Delays by Air Pollution Regulators Could Cost Lives

Environmentalists say Bay Area regulators are continuing to drag their feet on dealing with air pollution from refineries. And residents in vulnerable communities are paying the price.
November 5, 2018

Leaking Lead Found at Point Isabel

The popular dog park was once nicknamed Battery Park. The East Bay Regional Park District is looking into why.
October 3, 2018

Drowning in Plastic

A Dutch company has set up operations at Alameda Point, where it hopes to launch an ambitious invention that will clean up plastic from the world’s oceans.
August 13, 2018

311 Comes to Oakland

The city finally added the widely adopted phone number for municipal complaints. But with rampant illegal dumping, Oakland’s complaint-driven approach has been criticized.
June 6, 2018