About

Marin county-based science writer Jacoba Charles grew up tending sheep on her family’s Sonoma County ranch. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Salon.com, and the Point Reyes Light.

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First Person: Youth Engagement Award Winner Cheyanna Washburn

April 21, 2014 by Jacoba Charles

We first encountered Cheyanna Washburn in her role as an intern with the California Phenology Project at the John Muir ...

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Fish Forecast: Swimming Upstream Against Climate Change

January 14, 2014 by Jacoba Charles

The survey research that Peter Moyle started decades ago now has a dual purpose: It offers evidence for the free fall of native fish populations, but it also may ultimately contribute to one of the best opportunities to soften this decline.

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The Stewardship Connection: Interview with Sue Gardner

September 30, 2013 by Jacoba Charles

For the past 20 years, Mill Valley native Sue Gardner has run the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s Park Stewardship program, connecting people to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), the nation’s largest urban national park.

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Local Hero: Mia Monroe, Muir Woods National Monument

April 17, 2013 by Jacoba Charles

Officially, Mia Monroe is Site Supervisor of Muir Woods. But what she really does is serve as a passionate ambassador for nature.

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The Phenology Project

April 01, 2013 by Jacoba Charles

The California Phenology Project's citizen scientists are studying changes in plant life cycles to better understand local climate change impacts.

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Bay Area native plants play it safe, biologically speaking

March 14, 2013 by Jacoba Charles

Bay Area plant species bloom to their own tune. Our plants are always sending something out, but they've also learned to play it safe.

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Bohemia Ranch Goes Public

July 11, 2012 by Jacoba Charles

A remarkable Sonoma County landscape is finally preserved, protecting redwoods, Sargent cypress, serpentine grasslands, and a beloved waterfall.

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A campaign to save California’s coastal prairie

June 25, 2012 by Jacoba Charles

With golden summer hillsides and enticing mosaics of forest and field, the grasslands of California are iconic. Yet few people realize that some of those grasslands are actually coastal prairie, one of the most diverse—and most endangered—ecosystems in the world.Today less than 5 percent of this vibrant habitat remains comparatively intact. Much has been lost to more than a century of fire suppression, development, tilling and invasion by non-native species.

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The Grass Really Is Greener

April 24, 2012 by Jacoba Charles

A project in West Marin shows how ranchers, and a whole lot of compost, can help mitigate climate change.

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Keeping it in the Family in Rio Vista

October 01, 2011 by Jacoba Charles

For more than a century, Jeanne McCormack’s family has grown grain and raised livestock on a few thousand acres near Rio Vista. But she and her husband Al Medvitz didn’t take a straight line to ranching. Instead, they detoured through Africa and Asia. Now, they’re in it for the long haul.

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