March 27, 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 …
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.
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.
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, …
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.
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.
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.
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.