About Alison Hawkes

Alison joined Bay Nature in November, 2011 in a new position designed to boost the institute's web presence and cover ongoing nature issues. She has worked in journalism for more than a decade as a former newspaper reporter turned radio producer turned web editor with each rendition bringing her closer to her dream of covering environmental issues. In 2009 she graduated from the Columbia University School of Journalism with a masters in science journalism and moved to the Bay Area as a freelancer. She co-founded Way Out West, a site dedicated to covering Bay Area environmental news, and following a good year's run closed up shop after seeing the difficulty of monetizing online content. Alison is still dedicated to figuring out the puzzle of funding good journalism. She's an avid hiker and traveler, although her adventures have taken a tamer turn since the birth of her son, Oliver, who she's nevertheless enthusiastically introducing to the natural world, one tree and one bug at a time.

Website: http://baynature.org

Contributions

Coastal Crabs in Survival Mode Under Climate Change

November 18, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

A first of its kind study measures the combined impacts of ocean acidity and high temperatures on an intertidal organism.

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A Conservationist’s Take on the Knowland Park Controversy

November 17, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The City of Oakland is about to make a major decision on the future of one of the Bay Area's last remaining maritime chaparral communities.

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Drought Brings Right Conditions to Stem Sudden Oak Death

November 11, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The California drought is bad for most species, including the fungal pathogen that kills oaks.

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Acorn Woodpeckers Expand Range in Search of Meager Acorn Supplies

November 04, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The failure of the spring rains this year may have something to do with woodpeckers foraging in Berkeley and San Francisco.

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San Francisco’s Street Trees in Poor Shape as City Shifts Upkeep to Residents

October 30, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Advocates say SF is losing its urban forest because of a budget shortfall for tree maintenance.

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Why has Mission Peak Become the Thing to Do?

October 16, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Mount Tam? That's yesterday's high peak. A younger generation of hikers ascends Mission Peak instead.

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Fountain a Watering Hole for Drought-Affected Birds

October 08, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Where does a thirsty bird go when the drought hits hard?

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Putting Nature on the Balance Sheet

September 24, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Three Bay Area counties —Santa Clara, Sonoma and Santa Cruz — have found a way to put these values of nature onto a balance sheet.

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Ask The Naturalist: Why Would A Mountain Lion Attack That Child?

September 13, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

"I hear lion attacks are rare. Why would a mountain lion attack a child in the midst of a large group, as we've seen in the Santa Cruz Mountains last weekend?"

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Marin headlands lookouts and Hawk Hill

August 13, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

This hike will take you to the top of one of the most famous lookout spots in the Marin Headlands, ...

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