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A very special announcement… Wild Oakland is joining forces with the California Center for Natural History!

For upcoming events and new blogs, everything can be found at the California Center for Natural History website. Keep reading for more information about the changes! Hi Everyone, I’m very excited to announce that as of October 2015, Wild Oakland … Continue reading

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Franciscan Geologic Formation at Knowland Park

By Birute Skurdenis “To look at the geology of Oakland is to look at the geology of California and the planet.” A group of Wild Oaklanders was standing in the shade of an old oak listening to Andrew Alden, geologist, … Continue reading

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An Afternoon with Worms, Snails and Sea Squirts

By Paul Belz Few things beat an afternoon with animals that have no backbones! Damon Tighe, an invertebrate enthusiast who lives near Lake Merritt, guided a group of explorers on a sunny September afternoon. The Lake’s different concentrations of salt … Continue reading

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Land Action: Creating 100 Microfarms in 5 years

By Constance Taylor What’s a city to do with abandoned lots? If you ask Steve DiCaprio, CEO and founder of Land Action, he’ll probably tell you they should be turned into microfarms with tiny homes on them. We had gathered … Continue reading

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Marine Biology of the Oakland Estuary

By Birute Skurdenis If you were strolling on the boardwalk behind Scott’s Restaurant in Jack London Square on September 12th, you might have come across the odd sight of 2 dozen people of all ages, lying on their stomachs on … Continue reading

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The ecological price of overgrazing

By Constance Taylor When I first moved to the Bay Area 6 years ago I was mystified by the tracks that contoured the hills in the regional parks. From a distance it looked like a diligent landscaper was out there … Continue reading

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Urban Wildlife 101

By Constance Taylor There’s an admiration that many of us have when it comes to urban mammals. Where do they sleep? Where do they raise their families? How do they find enough food to eat? How do they avoid cars, … Continue reading

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Oakland Geology with Andrew Alden at Shepherd Canyon

By Constance Taylor So, we all know about the Hayward Fault. If you didn’t grow up somewhere around Oakland learning about it while doing earthquake simulations with trays of jello in science class, you’ve almost certainly heard about it as … Continue reading

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Identifying the trees of Lake Merritt

By Constance Taylor If you took a walk around Lake Merritt, how may of the tree species would you be able to identify? It can be a bit tricky in urban areas because so many of the trees are from … Continue reading

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Edible urban weeds- Oakland’s sidewalk salads

By Paul Belz “Part of the message today is that you already have a vegetable garden, whether you planted one or not,” Philip and Kristen told a group of hopeful foragers. “And if you did plant a garden, it’s growing … Continue reading

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