About David Loeb

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

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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Coyote Hills Regional Park-Marsh & Hills

March 27, 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

March 27, 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

March 27, 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

March 27, 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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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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