About

Matthew Bettelheim is a freelance writer and a wildlife biologist with URS Corporation.

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Little Yosemite (Sunol Regional Wilderness)

August 13, 2014 by Matthew Bettelheim

  Hike by Matthew Bettelheim, originally published in the January 2007 issue of Bay Nature magazine   Calling the Sunol ...

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Native Son

April 01, 2010 by Matthew Bettelheim

The Pacific Coast of North America has only one species of native turtle: the western pond turtle. Just 80 years ago, a naturalist found more than 100 of these creatures thriving along an unremarkable stretch of a local creek. Today, a similar survey turns up a fraction of that, as natives compete with plentiful escaped pet turtles and other exotics. But a new conservation plan could tip that balance, and public awareness, back in the western pond turtle's favor.

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Review: Breeding Bird Atlas of Contra Costa County

October 29, 2009 by Matthew Bettelheim

On the heels of Santa Clara County's 2007 breeding bird atlas comes Contra Costa County's companion for north Bay Area birders. This year the Mount Diablo Audubon Society released the Breeding Bird Atlas of Contra Costa County.

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Book Review: Breeding Bird Atlas of Santa Clara County, California

October 01, 2008 by Matthew Bettelheim

by William G. Bousman, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, 2007, 547 pages, $40.00. Available at www.scvas.org. Part natural/regional history guide, ...

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Field Guide to the Lost Species of the San Francisco Bay Area

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

A field guide to help Bay Area naturalists in their search for local, lost species that are presumed extinct.

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Presumed Extinct

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Mention extinct species, and most people think of long-gone mastodons and saber-toothed tigers. But we know that some Bay Area species have disappeared in just the last 200 years. Or have they? Prompted by rediscoveries of lost species in Solano and Contra Costa counties, we decided to see what other missing flora and fauna might still be out there, awaiting a patient observer.

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Los Farallones

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

The eggers of the Farallon Islands

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Book Review: Califauna: A Literary Field Guide

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Califauna: A Literary Field Guide, edited by Terry Beers and Emily Elrod, Heyday Books, 2007, 293 pages, $21.95 www.heydaybooks.com The ...

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Finding the Stash

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

From the snowdrifts of Siberia to the labs of UC Davis, assistant research professor Vladimir Pravosudov has studied the food-caching ...

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Book Review: Introduction to California Birdlife

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Introduction to California Birdlife, by Jules Evens and Ian Tait, University of California Press, 2005, 382 pages, $16.95 paperback, $45.00 ...

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