About

Beth Slatkin is Bay Nature's marketing and outreach director.

Contributions

Mapping the Bay Area’s Wild Places

June 04, 2015 by Beth Slatkin

Guiding people through the wilderness - and empowering them with the tools to protect it - comes naturally to GreenInfo Network Executive Director and Bay Nature board chair emeritus Larry Orman.

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The Romance of Raptors

February 12, 2015 by Beth Slatkin

Raptor expert Larry Broderick of Sonoma-based West County Hawk Watch has been enamored of birds of prey since childhood. We swooped in to chat with Larry about his favorite predators on the eve of this weekend's SF Bay Flyway Festival.

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Keeping Watch on the Bay

January 29, 2015 by Beth Slatkin

When hundreds of surf scoters and other ducks wintering on San Francisco Bay were found coated with a baffling "mystery goo" a few weeks ago, San Francisco Baykeeper was one of the first organizations on the scene.

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Of Cows, Cars, and Checkerspots

January 15, 2015 by Beth Slatkin

Stuart Weiss, co-founder of the Menlo Park-based environmental consulting firm Creekside Center for Earth Observation, is one of those rare ...

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Fishing the Rip, Part 2

January 08, 2015 by Beth Slatkin

Jack Harrison, 26, is a wilderness and fly-fishing guide and the lead survival instructor at Adventure Out outdoor school based ...

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Fishing the Rip

December 31, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Jack Harrison, 26, is a wilderness and fly-fishing guide and the lead survival instructor at Adventure Out outdoor school based ...

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Great Nature Reads

December 19, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Stuck inside on a rainy day? Felled by a winter cold? Or just feel like curling up with a cup of tea and reading a good book? We've got some great selections so you can enjoy nature indoors.

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The Significance of Wonder

December 04, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

The publisher of Heyday Books chats about the importance of keeping the poetry in nature writing.

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Ascending the Mountain

November 06, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

For the Mountain Institute's Ed Bernbaum. connecting people to mountains' spiritual and cultural meaning is the key to protecting them.

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Connecting with Environmental Journalist Jon Christensen

September 24, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

The editor of BOOM, a new quarterly journal about California, speaks with Bay Nature about his latest project.

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Connecting with Whales in Monterey Bay

September 11, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Spotting whales in Monterey Bay is at historic highs. Marine biologist Dorris Welch explains why.

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Out on the Trail with V-O-Cal’s Morris Older

August 27, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

This past weekend, a new trail was blazed from San Francisco’s McLaren Park to its Visitacion Valley neighborhood, providing a ...

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Sharing Secrets of the Oak Woodlands

August 13, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Over a decade of close observation and research led to Kate Marianchild's first book Secrets of the Oak Woodlands.

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On the Trail with Laura Thompson

July 31, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bay Trail, a 500-mile-long trail corridor which traces nearly the entire shoreline ...

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Spreading the Buzz About Native Bees

June 19, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Native bee expert Gordon Frankie has been acquainting farmers with California's own pollinators.

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Chasing the Fire Followers

May 22, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Botanist Heath Bartosh, co-founder of Nomad Ecology, gained an early appreciation for the rich botanical wealth of the Golden State.

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“Bay Nature on the Air” Nominated for Northern California Emmy Award

May 14, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Bay Nature on the Air -- nature shorts based on features from Bay Nature magazine -- has been nominated for a regional Emmy Award.

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From Shanghai to San Francisco Bay

April 24, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

The son of Russian immigrants living in post-war Shanghai, Igor Skaredoff moved to California with his parents at the age ...

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Trailblazing with TRAC’s Bruce Beyaert

April 10, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

This year, the Trails for Richmond Action Committee (TRAC) is celebrating its 15th year as the leading advocacy group for ...

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Connecting the Dots for Pacific Marine Life

February 27, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

National Park Service ecologist Sarah Allen has been looking at the “big picture” of marine ecosystem health since the mid-1970s ...

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For the Love of Seaweed

February 13, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Josie Iselin’s passion for discovering natural treasures along the shore started young, and later evolved into her life’s work: turning ...

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Why Mud Matters

January 16, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

English-born geomorphologist Jeremy Lowe is serious about wetlands and serious about mud, though he’s got a wicked sense of humor ...

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A Child’s Book of Habitat

January 02, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Wildlife biologist and environmental science writer (and former Bay Nature contributing editor) Matthew Bettelheim temporarily switched out of his academic ...

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Filmmaker Judy Irving’s “Pelican Dreams” Taking Flight

December 19, 2013 by Beth Slatkin

San Francisco filmmaker Judy Irving may be best known for her award-winning documentary The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, about ...

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Getting Back On the Trail

December 05, 2013 by Beth Slatkin

Longtime hiker and mobility coach Jayah Faye Paley turned her passion for the outdoors into a mission to get people ...

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Roam If You Want To

November 21, 2013 by Beth Slatkin

Captain Ronn Patterson A life-changing accident gave former Cal academic Ronn Patterson  time to think long and hard about his ...

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It Takes a Village To Create a State Park

November 20, 2013 by Beth Slatkin

On Saturday November 16th, a crowd gathered at Eastshore State Park to celebrate legendary Save The Bay co-founder Sylvia McLaughlin and to rename the park in her honor.

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Fording a Troublesome Creek

September 12, 2013 by Beth Slatkin

Playwright Todd Evans Todd Evans aims for cultural and historical authenticity in his plays. His latest work, Troublesome Creek, celebrates ...

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Walk Like a Newt

July 18, 2013 by Beth Slatkin

Lance Milbrand has spent more than 27 years as an independent filmmaker specializing in films about wild animals and marine ...

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Around the Bay in 30 Days

July 03, 2013 by Beth Slatkin

Armed with a San Francisco Bay Trail map, his set of Bay Trail map cards, and his Clipper Card, San ...

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Getting Outside: Good for All Ages

April 29, 2013 by Beth Slatkin

Inspired by her grandparents’ love of the outdoors, South Bay biotech executive Anne Ferguson founded an organization that helps older ...

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Springing Forward into Nature

February 14, 2013 by Beth Slatkin

One constant of Cindy Spring’s ever-changing life path has been her commitment to live her values. A one-time news broadcaster ...

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Getting People Outside

November 28, 2012 by Beth Slatkin

In a previous era, Michael Closson might have been a pioneer outdoorsman in the Sierra Nevada. Now he’s simply an ...

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Scouting For Preservation Opportunities

November 05, 2012 by Beth Slatkin

From a boy scout catching frogs to a leader in open space conservation, Sonoma Land Trust's Ralph Benson has been taking calculated risks -- and realizing considerable success.

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Amy Meyer: “All our gains are temporary”

October 15, 2012 by Beth Slatkin

An interview with the "Mother of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area."

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Bringing an Environmental School to Light

October 04, 2012 by Beth Slatkin

During her two years at the Environmental Protection Agency designing the first Energy Star programs, Cyane Dandridge lamented not being ...

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High Plains Drifters

August 10, 2012 by Beth Slatkin

My current beach reading has the usual ingredients: a steamy love triangle, a pitched battle between mortal enemies, and colorful ...

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A West Marin Walkabout

June 22, 2012 by Beth Slatkin

Jules Evens has lived next to the Point Reyes National Seashore for most of his four decades in the Bay Area. With the park's 50th anniversary at hand, Jules decided to honor this milestone by trekking every one of of the Seashore's 154 miles of trails on foot.

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The Unnatural Beauty of Salt Ponds

March 30, 2012 by Beth Slatkin

Water - its origins, its conservation, its scarcity - shapes the art of South Bay multimedia artist Linda Gass.

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On touching a sea squirt, and other adventures with nature

February 22, 2012 by Beth Slatkin

Inspired by a teaching stint with inner-city kids 20 years ago, English-born teacher Mandi Billinge founded an organization that gives thousands of Bay Area children their first hands-on experience with nature.

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Legislating for nature

February 03, 2012 by Beth Slatkin

Berkeley Assemblymember Nancy Skinner muses about an early internship gathering park data, how local governments are leading the world on environmental issues, and why she wants to make reflective roofs as popular as recycling.

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For Jay Holcomb, Every Bird Matters

January 25, 2012 by Beth Slatkin

The Director Emeritus of International Bird Rescue reflects on 40 years of helping oiled and injured birds and wildlife.

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Exploring the Bay Area’s “Islands of Wildness”

January 20, 2012 by Beth Slatkin

A seasoned climber, hiker, outdoorsman, and lifelong world traveler, Craig Anderson could have remained an "itinerant geographer and outdoor guide". Instead, he moved to Sonoma County fifteen years ago, signed up to work for a brand-new nonprofit called LandPaths, and stayed.

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The Bay Area’s “Mr. Kite”

December 23, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

For kite aerial photographer Kris Benton, capturing images from the air is "more than just a hobby" - it's a way to record the history of a landscape.

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Uncovering Nature’s Treasures with David Wimpfheimer

December 09, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

From whale-watching expeditions to wildflower forays to the annual Christmas Bird Count, naturalist David Wimpfheimer takes great pleasure in leading people on what he likes to call natural "treasure hunts."

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Talking turkey with naturalist David Lukas

November 23, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

To David Lukas, a freelance naturalist and author who lives just outside of Yosemite National Park, observing plants and animals in their native habitats is as essential as breathing or eating.

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Steering the Ship of Wetlands Conservation

October 28, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

Beth Huning's current position as Coordinator of the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture isn't her first role in the field of wetlands conservation, but it certainly is one that brings together her passion for birds, her commitment to environmental protection, and her ability to work well with people representing many different constituencies. That's essential when running a consortium of over 26 groups focused on San Francisco Bay's tidal wetlands. Just this month the Joint Venture celebrated its 15th anniversary.

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For Debi Shearwater, Every Year is a “Big Year”

October 13, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

The proprietor of Shearwater Journeys, Debi's renowned pelagic tours give birders and non-birders alike rare glimpses of seabirds and ocean wildlife.

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Reconnecting People with Nature: Rue Mapp, Outdoor Afro

September 15, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

Inspired by a childhood divided between urban Oakland and a Lake County working ranch, Rue Mapp founded Outdoor Afro, an online community and organization that reconnects African-Americans with natural spaces and one another through outdoor recreational activities.

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On Site with Sue Gardner

September 01, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

Bay Area native Sue Gardner says her work on stewardship programs combines her two passions: people and nature. For almost 20 years, she's been running innovative programs that get diverse groups of people out helping take care of the diverse habitats of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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Tracking Scat with Cat

August 18, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

If you want to know the best places to find mountain lion tracks, what type of flower blooms on a rock outcrop during a particular month, and what coyote scat looks like at different times of the year, ask the East Bay Regional Park District's Cat Taylor.

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Saving Bay Area Ecosystems, One Chorus Frog at a Time

August 04, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

If you happen to be in El Cerrito and hear a frog calling, or catch sight of a large yellow butterfly flitting through your yard, it might be Jim McKissock's doing.

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Seeing the Light with Bird Evangelist Alvaro Jaramillo

July 07, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

A self-described "bird evangelist," Alvaro Jaramillo loves to share his lifelong passion for birds both locally and on tours throughout the Americas. Born in Chile, Alvaro began birding in Toronto, where he lived as a youth. Asked why birds got his attention, Alvaro says, "They're easy to relate to -- you can see them, you can hear them sing. There's always a bird around!"

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Jeff Miller, Man on a Mission

June 23, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

Jeff Miller is a man on a mission: He is dedicated to being an effective voice for endangered species and preserving the Northern California habitats they depend on for survival. He currently pursues this mission as founding director of the Alameda Creek Alliance and as a conservation advocate for the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Brent Plater Takes Aim at Sharp Park

June 10, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

For a decade, San Francisco environmental attorney Brent Plater has been standing up for the rights of wildlife and wild places, first as Bay Area program director for the Center for Biological Diversity. Now, as head of the Wild Equity Institute (WEI) based in San Francisco, he continues to battle threats to endangered species and lands, as well as defending the people most impacted by these threats.

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Love Peninsula Parks? Thank Audrey Rust!

May 27, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

After 24 years as executive director and president of the Peninsula Open Space Trust, Audrey Rust will retire on June 30. During her tenure, she built the organization into one of the most respected and influential local land trusts in the nation while protecting over 53,000 acres of natural and agricultural landscapes in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

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Life of a Birdwatcher

May 13, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

To locals who walk the Jewel Lake trail in Tilden Regional Park, East Bay native Phila Rogers is a familiar and beloved presence: She leads regular walks for Golden Gate Audubon to her favorite birding spots, and she's also one of the founding members of Save Strawberry Canyon. Here, Phila shares the influences that led to a life of birdwatching, nature writing, and activism.

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A Vision for Open Space

April 29, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

Bettina Ring is Executive Director of the Bay Area Open Space Council, a group of 60 organizations dedicated to protecting and maintaining the Bay Area's network of open space lands, including its parks, trails and agricultural lands.

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Frog Resources

April 01, 2002 by Beth Slatkin

Want to know more about frogs and how to keep them among us? Do you miss being awakened by frog ...

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