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Egrets Take Up Residency in Downtown Oakland

Bird advocate seeks protections for herons and their offspring nesting in ficus trees at 12th Harrison streets. Their idea works well in sleepy Santa Rosa, but doesn’t translate well for the edges of Oakland’s urban Chinatown.
May 15, 2015

When a Dangerous Sport Became Too Dangerous for Clif Bar

The Emeryville energy bar maker cites riskiness in its decision to dump climbers with the timing coming as Clif Bar presents a highly acclaimed film celebrating the hellions and athletes who pioneered Yosemite climbing.
May 01, 2015

Green Businesses Flock to Alameda Point

Natel Energy, Saildrone, and Wrightspeed have followed Makani Power to Alameda Point to create an active green-business incubator.
April 26, 2015

Restoring East Bay Streams

Here are a few recent and dramatic successes in a 40-year movement to reclaim and restore the Bay Area’s urban creeks.
April 22, 2015

Worst Mistakes in Waste Diversion

These five tips can make your recyle, compost, and trash bins greener.
April 04, 2015

Best Hikes of the East Bay

The beauty of hiking in the East Bay is that it can be a lone experience not far from the trailhead. This guide includes lesser-known adventures as well as old favorites in a world of hiking microclimates with unique characteristics. From Alameda, Berkeley, and Crockett to Moraga, Oakland, and San Leandro with varying distances and levels of difficulty, these hikes are sure to please.
March 22, 2015

Wendy Wheeler and Thomas Page Hike All the East Bay Park Trails

Two friends undertake a massive trekking project that takes them to the near and far-flung reaches of EBRP District lands.
March 15, 2015

Cattle Call at Anthony Chabot Regional Park

The parks district brings back cows after a two-year hiatus.
December 08, 2014

Conservationists and Zoo Spar Over Knowland Park

After nearly 20 years, the Oakland Zoo is ready to break ground on a conservation exhibit in Knowland Park this fall. But it’s not even close to settling its fight with local conservationists.
July 02, 2014

Tora Rocha Greens Up Oakland

Tora Rocha believes in bees. And butterflies, hoverflies, and wasps. Why? Because these insects are the city’s pollinators, and without them, Oakland wouldn’t have the healthy plants that produce food, fibers, spices, and even medicines.
May 01, 2014