About Joan Hamilton

Joan Hamilton is a Bay Area environmental writer and editor who enjoys hiking, camping, and kayaking in California state parks. She was formerly chief editor at High Country News, Climbing, and Sierra magazines. She produces mobile audio tours for people who want to learn more about Bay Area nature.

Website: http://audioguidestotheoutdoors.com

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Second Spring

March 23, 2015 by Joan Hamilton

Eighteen months after a fire, what to look for on Mount Diablo

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A Landscape Shaped By Fear on Mount Diablo

February 24, 2015 by Joan Hamilton

What causes the strip of bare dirt between chaparral and grassland? A researcher tests the idea of a "scurry zone" on Mount Diablo.

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Time — and Late Fall Rain — Revitalize Mount Diablo

January 05, 2015 by Joan Hamilton

On the last day of 2014, Joan Hamilton walked around Green Ranch Road on Mount Diablo to see what a full year, and some long-awaited rain, had done to the Morgan Fire burn area.

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Stalking the Elusive, Scientists Carry on Bowerman’s Mount Diablo Legacy

January 05, 2015 by Joan Hamilton

The 3,100-acre Morgan Fire provided opportunities for scientists. One of the main goals: to learn how plant and animal communities rebuild themselves after a major disturbance.

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Wild Pigs, Increasing in Numbers on Mount Diablo, Expand Into New Turf

December 09, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

Wild pigs are uprooting unusual new areas of Mount Diablo this year.

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Where Poison Oak Thrives, Mount Diablo Concludes A Red October

October 30, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

The ever unpopular poison oak is the most colorful plant on Mount Diablo this month, especially in certain places swept clean by the 2013 Morgan Fire.

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There Are Insects on Mount Diablo, and This Scientist Is Out to Find Them

October 09, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

When it comes to documenting the world's insect life, even places like Mount Diablo are full of unknowns, which UC Berkeley entomologist Kip Will finds exciting—and frustrating.

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One Year After the Morgan Fire: The Recovery in Photos

September 08, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

On the one-year anniversary of what came to be called the 2013 Morgan Fire, there’s good news to report. See the recovery in this series of slideshows by Joan Hamilton.

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On Mount Diablo, Springtime in the Summer Heat

July 30, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

The temperature rises to well over 90 degrees on Mount Diablo these days—hot enough to bake many small plants. But the little green shrubs have just begun to stage their comeback. It’s springtime in the chaparral.

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A Bird’s Eye View of the Morgan Fire, Now Available from Google

July 30, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

One way to check out the 2013 Morgan fire is to tromp around on Mount Diablo’s trails. Then there's another option: check out satellite photos.

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