Stories from Outdoors

Pygmy forests in Mendocino and Sonoma counties continue to mystify researchers.
Upcoming events include a botany and bird-watching hike through the Modini Mayacamas Preserves.
Gearhead: Upscale binoculars give avid birdwatchers a better view.
When the kids are out of school take them on one of these short hikes to help work out the wiggles in the great outdoors.
Women-only race training and outings nurture athletes who like the security and camaraderie of running in a group. Here are few to consider.
If you love hitting the trail with your pooch, put these two items on your holiday gift list.
Join a fun run, stroll through a regional park, make a wreath or learn from a bilingual naturalist.
This scenic hike is the perfect antidote to a gluttonous holiday gorge fest.   
Learn the history behind this San Pablo Bay marsh.
A Lake County photographer has created a compelling exhibit of photos that shows “refugee bees” rising up from the Valley fire ashes.