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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 Regional ...

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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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Los Farallones

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

The eggers of the Farallon Islands

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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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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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Book Review: Firescaping

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Firescaping: Creating Fire-Resistant Landscapes, Gardens, and Properties in California’s Diverse Environments, by Douglas Kent, Wilderness Press, 2005, 149 pages, $18.95 ...

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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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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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Raising the Dead: Bringing Ghosts to Life, October-December 2007

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

How do you commission portraits of species the world has dismissed as extinct, species no one has seen in decades? ...

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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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Fire Ecology Resources

July 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Organizations The California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) fosters the creation of local and county Fire Safe councils; they provide information ...

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Mount Diablo Resources

July 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Organizations Several local nonprofit organizations work to protect open space on and around Mount Diablo and to inform the public ...

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What a Grand Sight!

July 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Beginning in 1860, botanist William H. Brewer accompanied state geologist Josiah Dwight Whitney on an expedition to perform “an accurate ...

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Gone with the Wind

July 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

The old adage says the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but that’s really just the beginning of the ...

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Outdoor Summer Camp Resources

April 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Too much homework? Bully picking on you at school? Perhaps not, but have you stopped to wonder if your children ...

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California Red-legged Frog Controversy at Sharp Park Golf Course

April 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Some threatened and endangered amphibians and reptiles are content to share habitat with cattle, as we reported in our April ...

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Tafoni Around the Bay

January 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

The tafoni weathering formation featured at El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve is a particularly accessible example of an uncommon ...

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Book Review: California’s Frontier Naturalists

October 01, 2006 by Matthew Bettelheim

California’s Frontier Naturalists, by Richard G. Beidleman, UC Press, 2006, 484 pages, $39.95 www.ucpress.edu If you’ve ever taken a moment ...

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Book Review: Exploring a Sense of Place

October 01, 2006 by Matthew Bettelheim

Exploring a Sense of Place: How to Create Your Own Local Program for Reconnecting with Nature, by Karen Harwell and ...

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Left to Burn

July 01, 2006 by Matthew Bettelheim

At the turn of the 20th Century, the California Academy of Sciences was the oldest scientific society in the western ...

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Ano Nuevo and Farallones Seabird Nesting Update

July 01, 2006 by Matthew Bettelheim

As we reported in our July-September 2006 feature The Ups and Downs of Coastal Upwelling, last year’s delayed coastal upwelling ...

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Hit the Trail and Lend a Hand

April 01, 2006 by Matthew Bettelheim

It doesn’t take much to enjoy a well-built trail, but it takes a lot of elbow grease to actually build ...

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More about Conservation Easements

January 01, 2006 by Matthew Bettelheim

If you are interested in learning more about conservation easements, pay a visit to the San Francisco Bay Area Open ...

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Vasco Regional Preserve Open for Public Tours

January 01, 2006 by Matthew Bettelheim

At Vasco Regional Preserve, stone balls the size of dinosaur eggs litter the landscape, the winds burrow into stone, and ...

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Bullet Trains in the Back Country?

April 01, 2005 by Matthew Bettelheim

Late last year, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) withdrew its controversial proposed Central Valley-Bay Area routes that would have ...

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Taking Refuge

January 01, 2005 by Matthew Bettelheim

At this small, sandy National Wildlife Refuge on the industrial outskirts of Antioch, you'll find great views of the San Joaquin River, and rare plants and insects that don't exist anywhere else.

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Book Review: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles

October 01, 2004 by Matthew Bettelheim

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles, by Jane Huber, Menasha Ridge Press, 2004, 260 pages, $15.95 (www.menasharidge.com).   Jane Huber offers a ...

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Book Review: Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide

October 01, 2004 by Matthew Bettelheim

Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide, by John Muir Laws, California Academy of Sciences/ Heyday Books, 2004, 64 pages, $9.95 (www.heydaybooks.com). ...

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Book Review: Tom Stienstra’s Bay Area Recreation

October 01, 2004 by Matthew Bettelheim

Tom Stienstra’s Bay Area Recreation, by Tom Stienstra, Foghorn Outdoors, 2004, 498 pages, $19.95 (www.foghorn.com).   In introducing his newest guide-book, ...

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Redwood Outings

July 01, 2004 by Matthew Bettelheim

Redwood Regional Park, Alameda County – French Trail: From the Canyon Meadow Staging Area, set a course north along the ...

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Redwood Resources

July 01, 2004 by Matthew Bettelheim

Here are several local organizations that have recently taken steps to preserve redwood forests in the Bay region and beyond. ...

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Megafauna Resources

January 01, 2004 by Matthew Bettelheim

To learn more about ancient megafauna and efforts to protect and restore the Bay Area’s megafauna: Megafauna Video Check out ...

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Finding the Fungi

January 01, 2004 by Matthew Bettelheim

A good rain sends all manner of mushrooms pushing their way up from underground. Here are some of the places around the Bay Area where you can admire the beauty and diversity of these charismatic fungi.

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Experience the Bay

October 01, 2003 by Matthew Bettelheim

Swimmers plunge into the Bay at Aquatic Park for the swim to Alcatraz and back. Photo by Charles Kennard. The ...

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Book Review: California Coastal Access Guide

October 01, 2003 by Matthew Bettelheim

6th Edition, by the California Coastal Commission, University of California Press, 2003, 304 pages, $22.50 (www.ucpress.edu).   If you love to ...

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More Dams Coming?

July 01, 2003 by Matthew Bettelheim

Despite their recreational and functional value, most reservoirs come at a cost. To build a reservoir, we must drown a ...

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Exploring the Marin Headlands

July 01, 2003 by Matthew Bettelheim

To familiarize yourself with all the Marin Headlands have to offer, start at the National Park Service’s Marin Headlands Visitor ...

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