About

Writer Aleta George trained as a Jepson Prairie docent in 2009. In addition to writing Bay Nature's Ear to the Ground column, she has written for Smithsonian, High Country News, and the Los Angeles Times.

Contributions

First Person: Conservation Action Award Winner Craig Anderson

April 21, 2014 by Aleta George

It's sometimes hard to tell what Craig Anderson loves more: land, people, music, outdoor adventure, or his 29-year-old Toyota pickup. That's because whatever he's doing at any particular moment, he's doing it with great passion, keen intention, and a big heart.

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Song of the Meadowlark in Solano County

January 08, 2013 by Aleta George

The Solano Land Trust's King-Swett Ranches are great destinations for Solano County hiking: amazing views and a sense of seclusion in between Benicia, Vallejo, and Fairfield.

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A docent and a dream at King-Swett Ranches

December 17, 2012 by Aleta George

Docents help bring many Bay Area parks alive to the public. No where is that more true than the King-Swett Ranches outside of Vallejo, where Jim Walsh leads tours into areas otherwise inaccessible to the public.

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Will this year’s good ocean conditions last?

November 15, 2012 by Aleta George

The first thing we heard was the exhalation of the animal,” says marine ecologist Kirsten Lindquist about the blue whale ...

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Bob Berner, Protecting Marin Farms for 28 Years

November 13, 2012 by Aleta George

Bob Berner, the founding director of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, is retiring at the end of 2012, but not before protecting fully half of West Marin's farmland.

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Deciding the Fate of Searsville Dam

November 07, 2012 by Aleta George

San Franciscans voted in a landslide against an effort to study the removal of Hetch Hetchy. A few dozen miles south, at Stanford, another campaign aims to remove the much smaller Searsville Dam, which blocks steelhead spawning while also creating wetland habitat.

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Fight for Daly City Dunes

October 26, 2012 by Aleta George

Remnant dunes in Daly City hint at the long-lost sands of San Francisco. And the folks at San Bruno Mountain Watch would like to keep it that way, despite proposals to build houses here.

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Volunteers Stick to it at Suisun Marsh

October 12, 2012 by Aleta George

On a 21-foot aluminum boat floating in Suisun Marsh, Amanda Schwabe heaves up the otter trawl as Cesar Morales coils ...

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Tesla: Offroad expansion, park, or both?

July 01, 2012 by Aleta George

The latest on a long-running debate over a possible expansion of the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area into a valley near Livermore.

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River Otters on the Rebound

July 01, 2012 by Aleta George

Hungry river otters are popping up around the Bay Area in places where they haven't been seen in a while. Have fun watching them, but guard your chickens!

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