Citizen scientists are helping to track bird species right in their own backyards. Sharol Nelson-Embry of the East Bay Regional Parks District explains how to get in on the largest global bird count this weekend.
From the debut of the world's largest solar plant to Comet ISON, zombified bees to the physics of sailing — it's been another year of diverse storytelling from the KQED Science team. Here's a round-up of our top 10 stories (based on page views) that you've enjoyed in 2013.
Described by bird watchers as the go-to place for the "best birding on the bay," the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve is a feather-filled oasis during winter. This is the time that waterfowl migrate through the Pacific Flyway and settle along the California coast for the season.
Terns can be found in the Bay Area year round, but they're not all the same species. Learn more about the diversity of tern populations that visit us.
Birds are generally pretty good at flying. They turn corners, land on perches. They zip between branches in a forest. They don't get blown over and fall down when there's a sudden gust of wind. Flying robots, on the other hand, could use some improvement.
A pair of bald eagles is nesting at Lake Chabot in the East Bay. For the second year, they've raised a chick there, and it's still possible to see the eagles and their nest near the lake.
A construction project on Highway 101 in Marin and Sonoma Counties is taking a toll on nesting cliff swallows. Environmental groups are suing Caltrans to remove a net that's trapping and killing the birds.