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

San Francisco’s Native Bees Do the Job Just Fine

March 17, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

San Francisco gardeners should take heart. There's enough native bees around to do your pollinating.

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Should I Plant Milkweed to Save the Monarchs?

March 03, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

The road to hell is paved with good intentions — or sometimes, with milkweed.

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Without Racial Diversity, Do Enviros Risk Becoming Marginalized?

February 25, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

UC Berkeley professor Carolyn Finney explains why environmentalists should support biodiversity — and racial diversity.

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What’s Killing California’s Native Pigeon?

February 09, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

Scientists are using genetic tests to determine how a nasty parasite is killing off the band-tailed pigeon.

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California’s Drought, As Measured From the Sky

January 22, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

Up until recently, there were limited and fairly antiquated options on how to measure California's snowpack.

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What is the mystery substance that killed East Bay seabirds?

January 20, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

State investigators will begin testing a mystery substance that has killed or injured more than 200 seabirds in the San Francisco Bay.

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Are Humans Part of Wild Nature? Interview with M. Sanjayan

January 15, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

New documentary film series explores how humans and nature are codependent.

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A Voice for Native Plants Turns 50

January 07, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

U ntil a few years ago, few people knew about the rare plant communities that persisted quietly in a lightly ...

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Bill Kortum Leaves Legacy in Conservation

January 05, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

Sonoma County's Bill Kortum, 87, dies leaving much of Sonoma County land preserved for posterity.

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A New Twist on Saving Salmon — and Keeping West Marin Affordable

December 30, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Coho salmon need help, but so do people with modest incomes. A new initiative seeks to bridge the two.

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