About David Loeb

Since 2001, David Loeb has served as editor and then publisher of Bay Nature magazine and executive director of the nonprofit Bay Nature Institute. A Bay Area resident since 1973, David moved here after graduating from college in Boston. The decision was largely based on a week spent visiting friends in San Francisco the previous January, which had included a memorable day at Point Reyes National Seashore. In the late 1990s, after many years working for the Guatemala News and Information Bureau in Oakland, David had the opportunity to spend more time hiking and exploring the parks and open spaces of the Bay Area. Increasingly curious about what he was seeing, he began reading natural history books, attending naturalist-led hikes and natural history courses and lectures, and volunteering for several local conservation organizations. This was rewarding, but he began to feel that the rich natural diversity of the Bay Area deserved a special venue and a dedicated voice for the whole region, to supplement the many publications devoted to one particular place or issue. That’s when the germ of Bay Nature magazine began to take shape. In February 1997, David contacted Malcolm Margolin, publisher of Heyday Books and News from Native California, with the idea of a magazine focused on nature in the Bay Area, and was delighted with Malcolm’s enthusiastic response. Over the course of many discussions with Malcolm, publishing professionals, potential funders, and local conservation and advocacy groups, the magazine gradually took shape and was launched in January 2001. It is still going strong, with a wider base of support than ever.

Contributions

Bayview: The Growing Understanding of Rangelands

March 31, 2015 by David Loeb

Just as demand for locally sourced beef is rising, the ability of local ranchers to produce it is going down. The soaring rents and real estate prices that make it difficult for young writers and families to live in the Mission (or Gilman) District also make it difficult for local ranchers—young and old—to keep ranching in west Marin or southern Santa Clara.

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Bayview: Eye-Opening “Functional Beauty”

January 01, 2015 by David Loeb

  I f you’re going to succeed as a species in this world, you need to get three things right: ...

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Bayview: California’s Water Year

September 24, 2014 by David Loeb

We can't control the rain. But that doesn't mean there's nothing we can do. Bay Nature Publisher David Loeb on California's drought.

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Coyote Hills Regional Park-Marsh & Hills

August 13, 2014 by David Loeb

Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont is not a huge park (978 acres), but it encompasses three distinct ecosystems, with ...

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Sonoma Valley Regional Park, Corridor Ridge Trail

August 13, 2014 by David Loeb

 This small 162-acre park in Glen Ellen, Sonoma might not appear to be a destination for those who don’t live ...

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Hazelnut Trail – San Pedro Valley County Park

August 13, 2014 by David Loeb

  The Hazelnut Trail takes its name from the profusion of California hazelnut bushes that grow along the length of ...

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Sobrante Ridge from the southeast

August 13, 2014 by David Loeb

Highlights: Great views; rare manzanita; mature live oak woodland and open grasslands; wildflowers in spring. A rare and endangered manzanita ...

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Bay View: America’s Wild Anniversary

July 10, 2014 by David Loeb

As far as I know, the passage of the Wilderness Act 50 years ago was the first time in human history that a society has declared by statute that certain areas shall never be developed, nor exploited for commercial gain, nor intruded on by motorized transport.

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Letter from the Publisher: April Showers, May Flowers?

March 26, 2014 by David Loeb

By the time you read this in April, the die will have been cast and the show — of unknown quality and duration — should be on. So head on out for a springtime pilgrimage, and while you’re at it, why not share your best wildflower sightings with us and our readers?

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Letter from the Publisher: Watching Mount Diablo Heal Itself

January 13, 2014 by David Loeb

I have a mixed reaction when I hear that a place I know and love has been hit by wildfire. On the one hand, there’s a visceral recoil: Will this cherished place survive? But on the other hand, there’s a thrill that comes from anticipating dramatic changes to a familiar landscape.

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An Elkhorn Slough Encounter: Man Meets Otter

January 10, 2014 by David Loeb

Bay Nature Publisher David Loeb was out for what seemed like a normal Elkhorn Slough kayaking trip with sea otters. Then one hopped onto his boat -- and it's all captured on video.

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Bay View: Change in Nature — and at Bay Nature

September 30, 2013 by David Loeb

It can be said that the nature of nature is change. That doesn’t mean change is necessarily good or bad. It just is. And the best advice is often to embrace the change instead of digging in your heels in a hopeless attempt to prevent it.

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Year of the Bay: Let’s put our backs into making a better Bay

June 30, 2013 by David Loeb

This summer’s confluence of the Americas Cup races and the presumptive opening of the new eastern span of the Bay ...

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Local Hero: Cindy Moreno of WattzOn and Full Circle Farm

May 08, 2013 by David Loeb

It's not easy to catch up with Cindy Moreno. The daughter of immigrant farmworkers from the Central Valley and a recent graduate in environmental studies from San Jose State, Cindy is doing more than her share for the environment.

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A Warbler Comes to West Berkeley

April 08, 2013 by David Loeb

Last winter I noticed a different bird in the bare branches of the London plane trees outside the office. A yellow-rumped warbler. Not an uncommon bird, yet not one I would expect to see next to a cement plant.

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On the Passing of Rich Stallcup

December 17, 2012 by David Loeb

I’m tremendously saddened to hear of the recent – and, to me, sudden – passing of master birder Rich Stallcup. ...

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Mapping the future of the coast

October 04, 2012 by David Loeb

Most of the people in the world–and most of their infrastructure–can be found in jurisdictions bordering the coast or coastal ...

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Fixing State Parks without the “scandal”

July 31, 2012 by David Loeb

It’s certainly not hard to apply words like “outrageous” and “appalling” to the current scandal surrounding $54 million dollars in ...

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Letter from the Publisher

July 01, 2012 by David Loeb

Point Reyes, the spectacular park that turns 50 this year, is also the reason I decided to stay in the Bay Area after coming for a visit decades ago.

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Letter from the Publisher

June 15, 2012 by David Loeb

As I write this note at the beginning of March, we’re enjoying our sixth weekend in a row without rain, ...

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Letter from the Publisher

January 01, 2012 by David Loeb

As I write this on Thanksgiving weekend, I have many things to be grateful for. For example: On Thanksgiving morning, I watched a huge raft of cormorants take off from the surface of the Bay in front of Angel Island. But behind such moments and places of great beauty, several dark clouds are gathering.

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2011 by David Loeb

If it’s a Saturday morning, you’re more than likely to find me doing one of two things: visiting some wild ...

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Book Review: A Coast to Explore: Coastal Geology and Ecology of Central California

October 01, 2011 by David Loeb

By Miles O. Hayes and Jacqueline Michel, Pandion Books, distributed by Heyday, 2010, 352 pages, $29.95. It’s hard to argue ...

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A Life in Geologic Time

July 01, 2011 by David Loeb

In the 1970s, mother and peace activist Doris Sloan was working a nonprofit desk job in a basement office in San Francisco when she got into a UC Extension Sierra field class and fell in love with geology. The rest, as they say, is history. Over the subsequent three decades spent teaching, writing, and leading field trips, Sloan has done more than anyone to make the complex geology of California and the Bay Area comprehensible and fun for those of us without PhDs.

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Letter From the Publisher

July 01, 2011 by David Loeb

There’s nothing like getting out on the Bay at water level. And now that harbor porpoises are again venturing daily inside the Golden Gate, there’s never been a better time to grab a paddle and hit the water--or at least let Bay Nature take you there in your mind’s eye!

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Letter from the Publisher

April 01, 2011 by David Loeb

Surprise (almost) manzanita blossoms halfway up a mountain in Borneo.

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Letter From the Publisher

January 01, 2011 by David Loeb

Bay Nature turns ten!

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2010 by David Loeb

We’re looking forward to celebrating Bay Nature’s 10th anniversary in January, while wondering what happened to summer--and what’s in store for our climate.

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Letter from the Publisher

July 01, 2010 by David Loeb

This issue of Bay Nature rocks!

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Letter from the Publisher

January 04, 2010 by David Loeb

Telling the story of the Delta, beyond farmers vs. fish.

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Letter from the Publisher

January 01, 2010 by David Loeb

Celebrating, and studying, the cycles of life in the Bay Area is part of our work here at Bay Nature. It’s also a great way to notice changes in local ecosystems. Explaining those changes is not so easy...

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2009 by David Loeb

Let's celebrate 75 years of East Bay parks by keeping up the pressure on the state to fund our state parks.

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Letter from the Publisher

July 01, 2009 by David Loeb

If you’ve ever hiked Sweeney Ridge, or biked the Marin Headlands, or birdwatched at Fort Funston, or been seduced by ...

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Letter from the Publisher

April 01, 2009 by David Loeb

Good news: It finally started raining again! Many of us held our collective breath through bone-dry January, all the while ...

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Footloose and Car-Free in the Bay Area

April 01, 2009 by David Loeb

Make getting there part of the adventure with our update of the region's transit-accessible trails. From backpacking on Mount Diablo to strolling the Bay shore in Mountain View, there are many ways to get outdoors without adding to your carbon footprint.

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Letter from the Publisher

January 01, 2009 by David Loeb

Our planet is a dynamic place, always changing. That’s a given. Some 100 million years ago, most of the rocks ...

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2008 by David Loeb

Springtime certainly has its charms–the hills turn green, wildflowers emerge, the days get longer. And summer is the traditional time ...

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Letter from the Publisher

July 01, 2008 by David Loeb

No one can accuse me of being an early adopter—the kind of person who rushes to embrace new technologies. I ...

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Letter from the Publisher

April 01, 2008 by David Loeb

I had lived in the Bay Area for 22 years before I got around to visiting Henry W. Coe State ...

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Letter from the Publisher

January 01, 2008 by David Loeb

On the Sunday following the November 7 container ship accident that dumped 58,000 gallons of bunker oil into San Francisco ...

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2007 by David Loeb

Between handing out crackers to those passengers still holding on and towelettes to those who had just succumbed, the cheerful ...

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2007 by David Loeb

As we enter the last weeks of the dry season and await the return of the rains that will put ...

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Letter from the Publisher

July 01, 2007 by David Loeb

Back in the mid-1970s, as a newcomer here, I felt a certain pride in learning to orient myself by sighting ...

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Letter from the Publisher

July 01, 2007 by David Loeb

At first, it seemed like a rather straightforward task to put together a map for our section on the San ...

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Letter from the Publisher

April 01, 2007 by David Loeb

About 15 years ago, I took a solo backpack trip in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness near Ebbets Pass in the Sierra. ...

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Letter from the Publisher

January 01, 2007 by David Loeb

There’s that certain moment when you first taste the arrival of a new season. (Yes, we really do have seasons ...

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2006 by David Loeb

When I was three years old, I lost sight in my left eye in a freak accident while playing with ...

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Letter from the Publisher

July 01, 2006 by David Loeb

When I moved out to San Francisco from New York City in late 1973, it was mostly for love. But ...

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Letter from the Publisher

April 01, 2006 by David Loeb

I was working at my computer at the Bay Nature office in Berkeley the other day when I was interrupted ...

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Letter from the Publisher

January 01, 2006 by David Loeb

As we were considering articles for our fifth anniversary issue, which you are now holding in your hands, David Rains ...

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Letter from the Publisher

April 01, 2005 by David Loeb

Parking the car in front of my house a few weeks ago, I noticed movement across the street. It was ...

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Letter from the Publisher

January 01, 2005 by David Loeb

As I write this letter, it was exactly a year ago that I first felt a lump in my right ...

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2004 by David Loeb

As I have worked these past months on the special report in this issue on the South Bay salt pond ...

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Letter from the Publisher

April 01, 2004 by David Loeb

Three summers ago, in late June, I took a hike at Purissima Redwoods on the Peninsula, a reserve managed by ...

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Letter from the Publisher

January 01, 2004 by David Loeb

I wonder if the rest of you will be as surprised as I was to learn that the area around ...

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2003 by David Loeb

If you look down at street drains at certain spots in Berkeley, you’ll notice stenciled onto the curb words to ...

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Letter from the Publisher

July 01, 2003 by David Loeb

A landscape can hold many stories not immediately apparent to the casual visitor, even a thoroughly enchanted one. In January ...

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Letter from the Publisher

April 01, 2003 by David Loeb

This is the time of year—that porous border between winter and spring—that I look forward to the most. As I ...

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Letter from the Publisher

January 01, 2003 by David Loeb

On December 9 I received an e-mail from Guy Oliver at the Oceanic Society, announcing the appearance of the first ...

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2002 by David Loeb

In mid-1997, as Malcolm Margolin and I were meeting weekly to figure out how to launch a magazine about nature ...

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Letter from the Publisher

July 01, 2002 by David Loeb

I don’t usually like to leave the Bay Area in April, my favorite time of year around here. I’d rather ...

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Letter from the Publisher

April 01, 2002 by David Loeb

I was driving my son to school in El Cerrito one morning in late January. There had been a rainstorm ...

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Letter from the Publisher

January 01, 2002 by David Loeb

The past three months have not been easy ones for our planet. The events of 9/11 continue to reverberate globally, ...

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2001 by David Loeb

The browning and dropping of the leaves off California buckeyes in August is a sure sign that summer is waning. ...

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Letter from the Publisher

July 01, 2001 by David Loeb

Awareness of nature isn’t just an exercise for the eyes. As summer approaches, I listen for the return of the ...

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Letter from the Publisher

April 01, 2001 by David Loeb

Wow! I’ve just come back from a hike at Las Trampas Regional Preserve. I’ve been there quite a few times ...

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Letter from the Publisher

January 01, 2001 by David Loeb

For most of the nearly four years it has taken to turn BAY NATURE from an idea into the magazine ...

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East Bay Regional Newts

April 01, 1997 by David Loeb

This article was the first nature article published by Bay Nature cofounder David Loeb. It originally appeared in Terrain, the  ...

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