About

Joe Eaton lives in Berkeley and writes for the San Francisco Chronicle and Estuary News.

Contributions

The Underappreciated Undertakers

November 06, 2014 by Joe Eaton

When you’re eyeball to eyeball with a turkey vulture, you wonder how he perceives you. (My “he” is Vladimir, a ...

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When It Comes to Smell, the Turkey Vulture Stands (Nearly) Alone

October 07, 2014 by Joe Eaton

Turkey vultures can locate food by scent alone -- but it took naturalists a while to figure that out.

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It’s Fun! It’s Science! It’s a Bioblitz!

July 10, 2014 by Joe Eaton

On the last weekend of March, 9,000 people armed with binoculars, butterfly nets, cameras, and smartphones, spread out over an ...

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Bioblitz Turns Up Ancient Find in the Presidio

June 24, 2014 by Joe Eaton

One of the most unexpected finds of the March Golden Gate National Parks bioblitz, at El Polin Springs in the Presidio, was a freshwater sponge, one of the most ancient forms of animal life.

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Ocean Acidification: Making Sense of Crabs and Skeptics

October 09, 2013 by Joe Eaton

Like other aspects of climate science, ocean acidification (OA) science has created much debate, particularly when it comes to its impact on hard shelled sea creatures such as crabs.

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Ocean Acid Trip: The Hidden Harm of Climate Change

October 07, 2013 by Joe Eaton

Seawater has historically been alkaline, but is increasingly becoming less so. What does this mean for the ocean ecosystem in general? And along the California coast in particular? We’re just beginning to figure that out.

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The Smallest Sandpipers

January 15, 2013 by Joe Eaton

Our two local sandpipers are cute as buttons, hard to tell apart, and eat primordial ooze. What's not to love?

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Planet Fungi

September 27, 2012 by Joe Eaton

It may be safely said that there are two kinds of people: those who notice mushrooms and those who don’t. ...

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Bat Rays in San Francisco Bay

May 15, 2012 by Joe Eaton

What’s the cutest fish in the sea? To some biologists, it’s the bat ray, which cruises along the floor of local bays and estuaries, chomping on clams and other creatures. Maybe it’s time to make bottom-feeder a term of endearment! Springtime is breeding time for these friendly fish.

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The Color of Flight

April 01, 2011 by Joe Eaton

From migrating monarchs to giant yellow swallowtails to tiny pygmy blues, butterflies are endlessly enthralling. For folks like retired East Bay Regional Parks naturalist Jan Southworth and artist Liam O'Brien, what started as an interest in colorful insects became a passion for creating nectar gardens and protecting habitat to sustain butterfly populations in San Francisco, the East Bay, and beyond.

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