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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.