Coming up in our January 2013 issue, noted author (and one of our favorites!) David Rains Wallace surveys our region’s remarkable diversity of salamanders and newts. Tiny slender salamanders in your garden, toxic newts in a nearby park, Pacific giant salamanders deep in a redwood forest: it turns out that we live in the land of the salamander!
Then we head east to Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley, where this fall the East Bay Regional Park District opened its first completely new visitor center in more than 30 years. This stretch of shoreline is now a great place for anyone to get introduced to the Delta, such an ecologically rich ecosystem that’s also in the crosshairs of major political debates in which we all have a stake. To get at the diversity of wildlife here, we hired illustrator Logan Parsons to create a montage of the view from the fishing pier there. Now that’s a wild spot!
We’ve also got stories about the King-Swett Ranches of Solano County, the littlest sandpipers along our shores, the important role of sediment — yes, lowly mud — in maintaining and restoring marshland habitats around the Bay in the face of sea-level rise. And more!