About Sue Rosenthal

Sue Rosenthal is Bay Nature's contributing editor.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Book Review: California Place Names: The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names

October 01, 2010 by Sue Rosenthal

by Erwin G. Gudde (revised by William Bright), UC Press, 2010, 496 pages, $27.50 What’s in a name? Sometimes rich ...

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Blowin’ in the Wind

April 01, 2010 by Sue Rosenthal

Next time you sneeze, think of it as an homage to pollen, the key to the reproduction of plants all over the world. Look a little closer, and this stuff turns out to be well worth a few sneezes now and then!

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Resources for Learning More About the Delta

April 01, 2010 by Sue Rosenthal

Are you interested in learning more about the Delta or in exploring it further? Here's an extensive--but by no means complete--listing of resources on the Delta's ecosystem, recreational opportunities in the Delta, organizations that are working to restore and protect it, and the political processes that are shaping its future.

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The Presidio’s Miracle Manzanita

April 01, 2010 by Sue Rosenthal

A construction site along one of San Francisco’s busiest thoroughfares hardly seems like a good spot to find one of our region’s rarest plants. But that’s just where a passing biologist saw a manzanita thought extinct for decades. And now a whole lot of people are trying to make sure this lone survivor isn’t the last Franciscan manzanita.

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Turning Back the Plastic Tide

July 01, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal

An innovative program uses albatrosses as “winged ambassadors” to help middle school students learn about the distant consequences of plastics that end up in our ocean.

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Plastic Pollution in the Ocean and What You Can Do About It

July 01, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal

An extensive resource list and tips on how to minimize your plastic use and how to keep what plastic you do use from ending up in the ocean.

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Dinosaur Plants

April 01, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal

While living dinosaurs are nowhere to be found in California these days, you can see recognizable descendants of plants that lived with them--right here in the modern Bay Area.

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Mulch Madness

April 01, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal

Google "mulch" and you'll find university websites from Alaska to Florida touting mulch as one of the most environmentally friendly and effective tools for improving a backyard garden. But that mulch keeps native bees from digging their nests...

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Bees, Butterflies, and Other Insect Pollinators

March 26, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal

Insects have fascinating lives and behaviors most of us never notice. But if you spend even 15 minutes watching bees ...

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Native Plant Sales

March 25, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal

April and May are great months for getting to know native plants through native plant sales and garden tours held around the Bay Area. And not only gardeners benefit: The proceeds from these sales fund valuable conservation work all over the region.

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Waterfalls!

February 27, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal

One of the special rewards of a rainy season hike is the sight and sound of a trailside waterfall.

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Altamont Power Struggle

January 01, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal

Cost-effective and quick to install, wind turbines seem to be a leader in the race to develop clean, renewable energy ...

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Climate Change Resources

January 01, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal

With increasing awareness and concern about climate change, the number of organizations and resources addressing this issue has increased dramatically over the past few years. The following resource list, then, is just the tip of the (melting) iceberg.

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Solar RichmondBUILD

January 01, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal

What do you get when you combine entrepreneurial spirit, construction and engineering expertise, and a commitment to the community and ...

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Book Review: Nature’s Beloved Son

October 01, 2008 by Sue Rosenthal

by Bonnie J. Gisel with images by Stephen J. Joseph, Heyday Books, November 2008, 256 pages, $45.00 John Muir is ...

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Book Review: Ranches and Rolling Hills

October 01, 2008 by Sue Rosenthal

Ranches & Rolling Hills: Art of West Marin–A Land in Trust, by Elisabeth Ptak and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, ...

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The Bright Side of Fire

September 05, 2008 by Sue Rosenthal

Hot days and a dry year mean major fire danger in the Bay Area. But many plants are adapted to fire, and some even need it to reproduce. Even so, there's a lot we don't know about the natural rhythms of fire.

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Berries of the Forest

August 15, 2008 by Sue Rosenthal

The classic image of a redwood forest is one of stately tall trees, dense shade, and lots of green. The columnar trunks of the giant trees draw our gaze up to the high canopy, but if we follow them down to the forest floor instead, in summer months we may find unexpected points of brilliant color. These are the colorful fruits (mostly berries) of the smaller plants that live in the shelter of the big trees.

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Late Bloomers

July 03, 2008 by Sue Rosenthal

As many a plain Jane turned prom queen will attest, blooming late can have its rewards. But it's also a challenge for local wildflowers.

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Buzz Pollination

June 11, 2008 by Sue Rosenthal

What's the buzz on pollination? Bumblebees do it better!

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Flower Power

April 01, 2008 by Sue Rosenthal

Sepal, stigma, stamen, style; pollen, pistil, petal. Say what?! Like all scientists, botanists have a specialized language for talking about the things they study, in this case, flowers. Next time you're out hiking, take a few minutes to look closely at a wildflower and you can discover these fascinating, strangely named parts for yourself.

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Ocean Resources

October 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

I. LEARN MORE A. OUR NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES Encyclopedia of the SanctuariesOnline guide to over 100 marine species from each ...

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Book Review: California Native Plants for the Garden

October 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

  Ask anyone who gardens with California natives to name a good, comprehensive book on that subject and you’ll always ...

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Book Review: Tending the Wild

October 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources, by M. Kat Anderson, University of California ...

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Book Review: Designing California Native Gardens: The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens

October 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

Designing California Native Gardens: The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens, by Glenn Keator and Alrie Middlebrook, UC Press, ...

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Book Review: The Landscaping Ideas of Jays: A Natural History of the Backyard

October 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

The Landscaping Ideas of Jays: A Natural History of the Backyard Restoration Garden, by Judith Larner Lowry, UC Press, 2007, ...

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Book Review: Wildflowers of Northern California’s Wine Country and North Coast Ranges

October 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

Wildflowers of Northern California’s Wine Country and North Coast Ranges, by Reny Parker, New Creek Ranch Press, 2007, 282 pages, ...

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San Pablo Baylands Agencies and Organizations

July 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

The Bay Institute of San Francisco Works with public agencies and nonprofits to promote wetlands restoration around San Pablo Bay, ...

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Botanic Magic

January 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

On just ten acres in the Berkeley hills, there's an enchanting garden that hosts much of California's vast botanic diversity. The Regional Parks Botanic Garden—Northern California's only public garden focused on our state's native plants—is a center for conservation, research, and public education. Rare and endangered plants from around the state have found a refuge here. And thousands of children and adults alike have walked the garden's paths, under the spell of our native flora.

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Visiting the Regional Parks Botanic Garden

January 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

The Regional Parks Botanic Garden, in Tilden Regional Park, is a 10-acre landscape of plants native to California. The garden ...

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Resources for Learning About Sudden Oak Death

October 01, 2006 by Sue Rosenthal

WEBSITES California Oak Mortality Task Force www.suddenoakdeath.org or http://nature.berkeley.edu/comtf This is the most comprehensive source of information for the general ...

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Book Review: Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region

October 01, 2006 by Sue Rosenthal

Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region, by Doris Sloan, UC Press, 2006, 360 pages, $17.95 www.ucpress.edu “The world-famous Bay ...

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Book Review: Native Treasures: Gardening with the Plants of California

October 01, 2006 by Sue Rosenthal

Native Treasures: Gardening with the Plants of California, by M. Nevin Smith, UC Press, 2006, 288 pages, $24.95 www.ucpress.edu It’s ...

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The Mount Diablo Buckwheat One Year Later

July 01, 2006 by Sue Rosenthal

Botanists and nature lovers celebrated good news this spring as the Mount Diablo buckwheat (Eriogonum truncatum)—presumed extinct until its rediscovery ...

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Tidepooling Excursions and Further Reading

July 01, 2006 by Sue Rosenthal

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, the subject of our July 2006 issue’s On the Trail article, is home to some of the ...

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Earthquake Resources

April 01, 2006 by Sue Rosenthal

Plate Tectonics And Earthquakes National Earthquake Information Center USGS website providing current data on earthquakes worldwide. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/?source=sitenav USGS Earthquake Hazards ...

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Sibley Campground Controversy

January 15, 2006 by Sue Rosenthal

At a January 2006 meeting, the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) Board of Directors approved the Land Use Plan ...

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Pioneering Women Naturalists of the Bay Area

January 01, 2006 by Sue Rosenthal

From a modern perspective, it is difficult to imagine the time when women in this country were discouraged from seriously ...

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Eastshore Park, Two Decades in the Making

October 01, 2005 by Sue Rosenthal

Eastshore State Park, an 8.5-mile-long ribbon of East Bay shoreline between the Bay Bridge and Richmond’s Marina Bay, is proof ...

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Resources for Healthy Soil

January 01, 2005 by Sue Rosenthal

General Information Sources and Websites Bio-Integral Resource Center www.birc.org (510)524-2567 Extensive information resources for least-toxic pest management. California Integrated Waste ...

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Book Review: Introduction to California Spring Wildflowers and Introduction to Shore Wildflowers

October 01, 2004 by Sue Rosenthal

Introduction to California Spring Wildflowers of the Foothills, Valleys, and Coast, Revised Edition, by Philip A. Munz, edited by Dianne ...

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Book Review: The Trees of San Francisco

October 01, 2004 by Sue Rosenthal

The Trees of San Francisco, by Mike Sullivan, Pomegranate Communications, 2004, 160 pages, $19.95 (www.pomegranate.com). This is not a book ...

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Fruits of the Forest

July 01, 2004 by Sue Rosenthal

The classic image of a redwood forest is one of stately tall trees, dense shade, and lots of green. The ...

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Confronting Sudden Oak Death

October 01, 2003 by Sue Rosenthal

Although the disease is popularly known as Sudden Oak Death, the funguslike organism that causes it, Phytophthora ramorum, is also ...

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Fields of Color

April 01, 2002 by Sue Rosenthal

Nine places to see effusive displays of native wildflowers.

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Wildflower resources

April 01, 2002 by Sue Rosenthal

Books and Other References This small selection of wildflower guides lists those that are most useful for wildflower watchers in ...

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