Category Archives: Nature and Wildlife

Revealed! The Incredible Reason Why Bigfoot Was in Bernal Heights Last Week

If you had asked me to describe my ultimate fantasy Bernalwood story one week ago, it would have been a celebrity Bigfoot sighting on Bernal Hill. Well, as we all know, my wish came true last Tuesday, when Neighbor Frank … Continue reading

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FINALLY!! BIGFOOT SIGHTING ON BERNAL HILL!!

Friends and neighbors, that is a headline I’ve wanted to write for almost two years. But, really, it’s true! Bigfoot WAS spotted today on Bernal Hill, and Neighbor Frank was there with a camera to capture an image of the … Continue reading

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What Is Buried Under the Big Shrub/Tree Thing on Bernal Hill?

The big shrub/tree thingy on the eastern slope of Bernal Heights Park is one of the most impressive — if underrated —  features on the hill. The consensus among our local plantspotters is that it’s a California Buckeye (Aesculus californica). The … Continue reading

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Mourning Dove Nurtures Eggs Amid Tasty Local Herbs

Neighbor Esther has been monitoring the progress of a mourning dove that has been nurturing eggs in a planter box outside her Wool Street home: She laid two eggs in our planter box, between the sage and the oregano. Hope … Continue reading

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Collage Shows Creepy-Crawly Creatures Found on Bernal Hill

Neighbor Mike shared this tastefully executed collage of creepy-crawly creatures he photographed on Bernal Hill. In it, we see several members of Bernalwood’s recurring cast of natural horrors, including the California slender salamander Western fence lizard, the Jerusalem Cricket, the gopher … Continue reading

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Rise of the Arachnids: Hatchlings Foreshadow Spider Invasion

Neighbor Amanda snapped this lovely-but-nightmare-inducing photo of baby spiders emerging from a clutch of eggs behind her home on Mullen Avenue. Naturally, this scene is no doubt being, er, reproduced all around Bernal Heights, so don’t be surprised if you … Continue reading

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Giant Slithering Serpent Startles Citizen on Bernal Hill

Moments ago, Neighbor Ken transmitted this shocking photo of a four-foot gopher snake to the Bernalwood newsroom: Seen today by Esmeralda steps on Bernal Hill. Coolio! PHOTO: Neighbor Ken

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Springtime Is In Full Bloom Atop Bernal Hill

Neighbor Isaac used an iPhone to capture this bucolic little scene atop Bernal Hill earlier this week. Loovley!

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Humans Prevail, Barely, in Standoff With Militant Raccoons

There is a siege underway on Eugenia Avenue, as clever, four-legged creatures with fiendishly nimble thumbs have declared war on a family of Bernal bipeds. Neighbors Limor and Lisha report from the front lines: We thought we’d share this with … Continue reading

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Tis the Season for Plum Blossoms in Bernal Heights

Neighbor Edward writes: I offer this view of the hill and plum blossoms for your consideration to do with as you will. Upon due consideration, the Bernalwood Curatorial Working Group has decided to publish your photo, sir, with gratitude and … Continue reading

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Amphibious Creature Discovered In Bernal Heights Back Yard

Neighbor Todd recently put on his pith helmet to embark upon an animal expedition in his back yard. He made a shocking discovery: creepy amphibians! Your recent dispatch on Jerusalem crickets had me wondering what else lived in my yard, … Continue reading

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Dissident Parrots Establish New Identity In Bernal Heights

The Bernalwood Intelligence Agency has received numerous signals recently about wild parrot sightings around Bernal Heights. Our Political Unit analysts have determined that the parrots are refugees from Telegraph Hill who fled to Bernal Heights to escape the stultifying NIMBYism … Continue reading

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Giant Bugs from Alien Planet Return to Bernalwood

Neighbor Regina is a new Bernal Heights resident. She IM’d me yesterday in a deep panic from her home on Folsom. Here is a transcript of our exchange: Regina: holy sh*t balls i found an alien Regina: on our street … Continue reading

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