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Connecting with Whales in Monterey Bay

September 11, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Spotting whales in Monterey Bay is at historic highs. Marine biologist Dorris Welch explains why.

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Out on the Trail with V-O-Cal’s Morris Older

August 27, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

This past weekend, a new trail was blazed from San Francisco’s McLaren Park to its Visitacion Valley neighborhood, providing a safe alternative to walking on a busy city street. The skilled squad of workers behind this new trail offered their time and effort for an organization called Volunteers for Outdoor California, or V-O-Cal. We spoke with longtime V-O-Cal project […]

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Sharing Secrets of the Oak Woodlands

August 13, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Over a decade of close observation and research led to Kate Marianchild’s first book Secrets of the Oak Woodlands.

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On the Trail with Laura Thompson

July 31, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bay Trail, a 500-mile-long trail corridor which traces nearly the entire shoreline of San Francisco Bay. We spoke with Bay Trail project manager Laura Thompson about her efforts to connect remaining segments, and the often herculean task of bringing together all of the necessary funds, resources, and […]

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Award-Winning Filmmaker Discusses Upcoming Wilderness Anniversary

July 02, 2014 by Jonah Raskin

Filmmaker Steve Dunsky usually spends his time behind the camera not in front of it. Now and  then, however, he steps into public view. As one of the main creative forces behind the 50th anniversary celebration of the Wilderness Act that will take place in Vallejo this September, he’s become more public and perhaps more […]

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Spreading the Buzz About Native Bees

June 19, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Native bee expert Gordon Frankie has been acquainting farmers with California’s own pollinators.

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Singing the Praises of our Local Creeks

June 05, 2014 by Paul Epstein

“I am fortunate to live near Las Gallinas Creek, so I get to see it every day. Its beauty has been a great source of inspiration to me for many years, and that’s why I wrote my song Glory Day.” — Kurt Huget, one of the musicians on Watershed. Watershed, a recently released CD compilation, is […]

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Chasing the Fire Followers

May 22, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Botanist Heath Bartosh, co-founder of Nomad Ecology, gained an early appreciation for the rich botanical wealth of the Golden State.

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From Shanghai to San Francisco Bay

April 24, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

The son of Russian immigrants living in post-war Shanghai, Igor Skaredoff moved to California with his parents at the age of six, and has been here for most of his life. After a long career as an environmental engineer for Shell Oil, Skaredoff retired from industry and dedicated himself to advocating for the creeks and […]

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Trailblazing with TRAC’s Bruce Beyaert

April 10, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

This year, the Trails for Richmond Action Committee (TRAC) is celebrating its 15th year as the leading advocacy group for completion of the San Francisco Bay Trail along the Richmond shoreline. TRAC’s chair and co-founder is Bruce Beyaert, a longtime Richmond resident and former Chevron employee whose passion for the Bay, his knack for planning, […]

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