When winter rains fall, life that was dormant underground begins to make its appearance. Mushrooms pop up all over our region – from the forest floor to your own backyard! In this story, we followed a group of Sonoma State University students and community naturalists as they identified and collecte...
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Winter Bird Observing | Bay Area Bountiful
During the winter season the Bay Area plays an important role for birds. At this time, bird watchers all around our region migrate to their favorite viewing spots to marvel at the increased numbers of many species. Teen Alex Cho leads his family through the bay marshes at Fremont's Coyote Hills Regi...
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Identifying a Death Cap Mushroom Could Save Your Life | Bay Area Bountiful
The death cap is California’s most notable poisonous mushroom. While it’s safe to touch and smell, the death cap causes severe poisonings each year, some deadly, when people misidentify and then eat them. Learning how to positively identify mushrooms, especially poisonous ones, can prevent potential...
Some may think winter is a quiet time for nature in the Bay Area. SF Bay Bird Observatory biologist and lifelong birder Alvaro Jaramillo has news for them: during wintertime in our region the bird population explodes! He points out many resident and migrating species of sparrow along the trail to Co...
Teen Alex Cho is an avid East Bay birder, photographer and artist who says birdwatching is contagious. His parents Brenda and Richard concur, as they have joined son Alex on many outings. Bay Area Bountiful joins them for a winter birding adventure at Fremont's Coyote Hills Regional Park on a beauti...
Every year, volunteer citizen scientists return to the California Coast to participate in the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count. Their work observing and counting monarch butterflies at hundreds of overwintering sites from Mendocino to Baja provides the best look at how the species is faring after...

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