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When not out trapping pigs, Daniel McGlynn writes about science and the environment. His work appears in local, regional, and national publications.This story is part of a series exploring significant natural habitats and resources of the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD), many of which are encountered in other parts of the Bay Area as well. The series is sponsored by EBRPD, which manages 65 parks, reserves, and trails covering more than 100,000 acres in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

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Earthquake Epicenter Hike, Forest of Nisene Marks

August 13, 2014 by Daniel McGlynn

If you're craving an adventure close to home, Forest of Nisene Marks State Park should be high on your list. ...

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Conservation in Action: Sea Level Rise Photos Worth a Thousand Words

October 07, 2013 by Daniel McGlynn

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then imagine the power of thousands of pictures of actual rising sea levels — even if, for now, the high water only lasts for a few hours or days at a time.

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Monitoring steelhead: Counting the fish after they’ve hatched

June 30, 2013 by Daniel McGlynn

A new study aims to see how well our steelhead trout are doing AFTER they've grown up a bit. Are they getting big enough to survive in the ocean?

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Local Hero: Seth Adams, Save Mount Diablo

April 15, 2013 by Daniel McGlynn

2013 Local Hero award-winner Seth Adams of Save Mount Diablo is a big-picture guy, but he also revels in the details of wildflowers, maps, building a trail, or building a coalition.

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Piecing together the Diablo landscape

January 03, 2013 by Daniel McGlynn

On a warm autmn morning, a half-dozen volunteers are watering young native plants on a piece of land known as ...

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Right On Course with John Wade, Farallon Islands Patrol Skipper

October 04, 2012 by Daniel McGlynn

John Wade is one of about 20 skippers who make up the Farallon Patrol for PRBO Conservation Science. Skippers offer ...

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Beachcombers Hunt Plastic, and Data

July 01, 2012 by Daniel McGlynn

It's early on a weekday morning, and Chris Pincetich is sifting through a small pile of debris on Stinson Beach. He's at the high-water mark, called the wrack line. That's where buoyant ocean flotsam gets stuck as the tide goes out. As we walk along, he stops and points out how plastic strapping looks a lot like weathered eelgrass. Pincetich isn't your ordinary beachcomber. He's a scientist trying to compile a local data set for a global problem: marine plastic pollution.

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HELiOS Project: Helping Schools Go Solar

June 27, 2012 by Daniel McGlynn

What better place than at school to get going on solar? The HELiOS project is making it happen for Bay Area schools.

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Discovering Past Landscapes with Robin Grossinger

June 06, 2012 by Daniel McGlynn

Robin Grossinger directs San Francisco Estuary Institute's Historical Ecology Program. Grossinger's team uses hundreds of historical texts, photographs, and survey maps to depict what the Bay Area used to look like to help inform present and future stewardship, including several extensive restoration projects around the region.

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Conservation Action Award: Ellie Cohen

May 30, 2012 by Daniel McGlynn

Ellie Cohen became president and CEO of what is now PRBO Conservation Science in 1999. Under her leadership, the organization has grown from the local Point Reyes Bird Observatory, founded in 1965, to a hemisphere-scale operation, conducting bird-focused applied ecosystem studies on land and at sea. PRBO uses its wealth of data and partnerships to assess and reduce the impacts of changes in climate and land use on ecosystem health.

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Oakland’s Claremont Canyon, 20 Years After the Fire

October 19, 2011 by Daniel McGlynn

Two decades ago, parts of Claremont Canyon burned in one of the largest wildfires the Bay Area has ever seen. Since then, neighbors have steadily worked to make themselves at home in a fire-prone landscape.

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Ground Invasion

October 01, 2010 by Daniel McGlynn

Heading out before dawn to trap wild pigs is one of the more unpleasant responsibilities of open space management in the Bay Area. But across the East Bay and much of the Bay Area, these descendants of farm animals and introduced wild boars have proliferated and become a force whose impact on native plants and animals can’t be ignored. Wild turkeys, also brought in for hunting, aren’t far behind.

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Petaluma’s Unique Student-Run Fish Hatchery

January 04, 2010 by Daniel McGlynn

Audio Slideshow: A senior from the United Anglers of Casa Grande High School walks us through their amazing conservation fish ...

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Petaluma’s Teenage Fish Force

January 01, 2010 by Daniel McGlynn

At first glance the tan building blends into the rest of Petaluma's Casa Grande High School. It's nondescript from the outside, but it houses a rare kind of conservation organization, the United Anglers of Casa Grande. The high school students in the club run their own hatchery, and learn more about salmon than most folks ever know...

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Coe’s Fire Followers

October 01, 2009 by Daniel McGlynn

The 2007 Lick Fire was a firestorm that consumed 47,000 acres, most of it in Henry W. Coe State Park, east of Gilroy. Just days after the fire, park volunteers were on the scene. Two years later the "fire followers" of Coe Park are still at it, and even in the face of park budget cuts, they hope to keep their research going for years to come.

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Trouble in Rossmoor

September 08, 2009 by Daniel McGlynn

Rossmoor, a sprawling gated community on the outskirts of Walnut Creek, recently found itself entangled in an ecological controversy that spilled well beyond its manicured lawns and well-tended condos. At the heart of the issue are acorn woodpeckers that decided to turn some homes into storage facilities for acorns -- granaries. Reporter Daniel McGlynn went as far as Colorado to get the story.

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The Making of a Naturalist’s Notebook

September 01, 2009 by Daniel McGlynn

Watch artist Jack Laws as he illustrates a page about fire on SanBruno Mountain for the October-December 2009 issue of ...

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Hard Time to Be an Oak

July 01, 2009 by Daniel McGlynn

About one-eighth of California's land area is covered in oak woodlands. Despite that vast acreage, it's hard to be an oak in California. Threats to oak survival include the effects of fire management, increased pressure from booming rodent and deer populations, disease, drought, competition from exotic plants, and the largest threat of all, development...

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Volunteers Build New Trail Near Martinez

June 17, 2009 by Daniel McGlynn

Bay Nature reporter Daniel McGlynn took part in a June 2009 work weekend with Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-CAL), a ...

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Asphalt Plant Proposed Near Shollenberger Park

April 20, 2009 by Daniel McGlynn

Field Notes slide show from Shollenberger Park in Petaluma, CA. The park, which is both a former industrial site and ...

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Backyard Boarding House

April 01, 2009 by Daniel McGlynn

Leafcutters, diggers, carpenters, and masons… At first glance that may look like a directory for building contractors. Add the miners, cuckoos, and sweats and what you have isn't a list of tool-bag clad builders, but some of the 1,600 known species of native bees in California. Here's how you can make them at home in your garden.

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