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23
Nov

California Natural History Survey

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts: University of California Press is conducting a survey. Your anonymous responses will enable University of California Press to advance its offerings for those interested in the natural features …

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01
Jun

Ospreys: Did you know?

A hike in Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore sent one of my colleagues to Raptors of California by Hans Peeters and Pam Peeters to learn more about the Osprey. With their …

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10
Dec

California’s Owls

You don’t see them very often, but California has more kinds of owls than you might realize. Fifteen species in fact, give or take a few. This uncertainty makes a lot of …

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09
Dec

Startled by Butterflies

Butterflies are such a common sight that we can be excused for thinking we understand these beautiful insects. They fly around on big floppy wings, visit flowers, and their larvae are called …

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08
Dec

The Hidden World of Galls

Galls are something you can be forgiven for overlooking, but they’re an important and surprisingly common feature of the natural world. In fact, gall expert Ron Russo has found as many as …

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05
Dec

Life in the Chaparral

Winter is a special time in one of California’s most distinctive and widespread plant communities. Whether you travel to the dusty hillsides of southern California, to the fog drenched slopes of the …

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04
Dec

The Beetles of Summer

Beetles may be California’s most exuberant expression of life. Over 7000 species have been discovered in California and many more await discovery. Beetles are fascinating to study because they have so many …

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03
Dec

Desert Amphibians

The deserts of Southern California are dusty and strewn with cacti, blisteringly hot in summer and utterly devoid of rainfall for months at a stretch. Who would think that amphibians would be …

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02
Dec

Shorebirds Along the Coast

There are few events in nature more exhilarating then standing on an ocean beach in the brisk winds of autumn as flocks of shorebirds mill about at the water’s edge. The wind …

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