Fake Halloween Cobwebs Pose Real Threat to Birds

This Western screech owl didn't think it was so funny when it got tangled in fake cobwebs. Photo by Dave Stapp, Marin Humane Society.

It’s no trick to treat birds to a safe Halloween.

Monterey Bay Beachcombing

A By-the-Wind Sailor hydrozoan, cousin to the jellyfish.

Next time the water is too cold at the beach, try beachcombing instead.

Video: Battling Bucks in Aptos Orchard

Two eight-point blacktails got into a dustup a couple weeks ago in the Aptos hills.

Two old frustrated bucks go at it. Video shot by Chuck Bella of Bella & Sons Orchards on Valencia School Road in Aptos.

Reasons to Be An 'On The Spot' Docent

Watching this could be your job. Photo by Zoran Kovacevik on Creative Commons.

No. 1: Whale-watching will be part of your job.

A Wild Bird, A Feral Cat and The Nature of Things

Sometimes it can be hard to know if you're helping or harming a wild animal.

First River Forum Divided Over Paddling

Sticky notes on a poster depicting the Estuarine Reach of the river at the March 5 San Lorenzo River Community Forum. Similar meetings follow on March 24 and May 12.

The outlines of a debate over the future of the San Lorenzo River started forming at Wednesday's forum, with part of the crowd prioritizing habitat improvement and others emphasizing greater human engagement through recreation and commerce.

Farewell to The Bird Lady

The tireless Molly Richardson at work in her office. Photo from NativeAnimalRescue.org.

"It's really nice when you put time into raising them and open your hand and they fly," said Molly Richardson, "and then other times you have to choose whether they live or die. And that’s very hard."