About Sue Rosenthal

Sue Rosenthal is Bay Nature's contributing editor.


Mount Burdell Loop

August 13, 2014 by Sue Rosenthal

Like Tiburon's Ring Mountain and Limantour Beach at Point Reyes, Novato's Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve escaped death by housing ...

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How Are Wildflowers Coping with the Drought?

February 13, 2014 by Sue Rosenthal

It’s tough to be a plant when there’s no water! Rainfall is one of the most critical—and most unpredictable—of all the factors that affect wildflower bloom. So how are they coping?


The Versatile Bulb: The Many Uses of Soaproot

January 13, 2014 by Sue Rosenthal

Food seems an unusual use for a plant called soaproot. In fact, food is just one of many traditional California Indian uses for the plant, some apparently contradictory. Soap, food, glue, medicine, poison, and more — all from a hairy, fist-size underground bulb.


Baylands Public Access

June 29, 2013 by Sue Rosenthal

San Francisco Bay is surrounded by amazing wetlands and wetland restoration projects, but they can be hard to find. Here's everything you need to get there.

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Blitzers Search for SOD

March 08, 2012 by Sue Rosenthal

A project out of UC Berkeley recruits citizen scientists to help track the spread of sudden oak death. They do it every spring, and the more people take part, the better the chance we can protect precious oaks from a deadly pathogen.

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Book Review: Walkabout Northern California: Hiking Inn to Inn

October 01, 2011 by Sue Rosenthal

By Tom Courtney, Wilderness Press, 2011, 234 pages, $16.95. Imagine hiking from inn to inn carrying only a day pack, ...

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Stargazing in the SF Bay Area

September 26, 2011 by Sue Rosenthal

Nature doesn't disappear when the sun goes down--there's a whole universe out there to explore after dark! If you don't have your own telescope, you can look at stars, planets, and other astronomical objects through big telescopes at observatories and smaller, portable telescopes at star parties or see them in dazzling indoor planetarium shows. People who share their love of astronomy and stargazing with others are friendly by nature.


Hidden Life in the Sand

July 01, 2011 by Sue Rosenthal

It turns out the sand at your local beach is not as simple as it seems--it’s full of little creatures. From sand crabs and beach hoppers to tiny water bears, there really is a world in a grain of sand, or at least between the grains of sand.


Early Bloomers

January 01, 2011 by Sue Rosenthal

While transplanted New Englanders may complain about the Bay Area's inconspicuous seasons, true Californians prefer February flowers to snow shovels. What we lack in extremes we make up in subtle and unexpected beauty. On your winter walks, keep an eye out for the early bloomers, plants that brave winter weather for an early shot at pollination.

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Book Review: A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California

October 01, 2010 by Sue Rosenthal

This book is an unmatched picture--in paintings and words-- of what California might have been like before the arrival of Europeans.

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