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Stories from Outdoors

Get your free Black Friday passes to redwood parks before it's too late

The complimentary passes to California state parks for Friday have been so popular that the majority of parks are out of the freebies.

Yosemite bear encounters hit record low

The bears in Yosemite National Park are behaving better than they have in 40 years.

Where to spot migratory birds in Sonoma County

From September through November, migratory birds pause to overnight along rivers and ponds, in fields and in forests on their journeys from summering grounds farther north.

10 North Coast hot spots for cool-weather camping

Hardy souls know the cool weather months are a special, uncrowded time to get outside and explore the North Coast. Try these 10 destinations between Point Reyes and Westport.

A look back at snow days in Sonoma County

A look back at those days it snowed (and stuck!) in Sonoma County.

Getaways: Peaceful Lava Beds has a troubling past

California’s national monument is a place of stunning contradiction, the serene location once the site of a bloody war.

Now you can hike a county park without leaving home

Google and Sonoma County Regional Parks have launched 360-degree Street View images of 15 county parks and trails.

Top 5 hikes to take before El Niño arrives

Now is the time to squeeze in your last days of fall hiking before the storm turns trails into muddy rivers.

Rehabbed seal and sea lion return to the sea

Follow a young elephant seal, rescued from a Fort Bragg beach and saved by the Marine Mammal Center, as it returns to the waters off the Sonoma Coast.

Nature: Sonoma County is bursting with galls

County’s 10 oak species produce odd-shaped ‘nests’ that house and feed wasp larvae.

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