Apr-Jun 2001

 

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Baylands Ecosystem and Community Profiles

April 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

A new resource is available for anyone interested in learning more about the fish and wildlife that live in and around San Francisco Bay. Baylands Ecosystem Species and Community Profiles was released in January by the San Francisco Bay Area Wetlands Ecosystem Goals Project. This 408-page, large format publication contains the life histories and environmental […]

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Leader of Blue Ridge Berryessa Group Wins BOASC Award

April 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

Raymond Krause, leader of the Blue Ridge Berryessa Natural Area Conservation Partnership (BRBNA), has won the 2001 Bob Walker: Bay Area Open Space Conservation Award. Given by the Bay Area Open Space Council, the award honors an individual who brings diverse people together to advance the cause of land conservation. The BRBNA was created by […]

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Fall 2000 Hawk Hill Survey Results

April 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

The largest concentration of raptors in the Pacific States occurs over the Marin Headlands every fall when tens of thousands of hawks, falcons, and eagles are on the move. From August through December, volunteers from the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory spend their days identifying and counting raptors atop Hawk Hill. How do they know if […]

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Invasive Plants of California’s Wildland

April 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

Whether it’s cape ivy or french broom, if you want to know how to control some of the region’s most pernicious invasive plant species, pick up a copy of Invasive Plants of California’s Wildland, edited by Carla C. Bossard, John M. Randall, and Marc C. Hoshovsky. Published by University of California Press, Invasive Plants provides […]

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Letter from the Publisher

April 01, 2001 by David Loeb

Wow! I’ve just come back from a hike at Las Trampas Regional Preserve. I’ve been there quite a few times before, but still … wow! It’s early March, and no matter how much I truly love all the seasons in the Bay Area, there’s nothing like that first blue-sky hike of spring. When the grass […]

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MALT Art Show

April 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

How can you bring the rolling hills of western Marin County into your living room while, at the same time, helping to protect them from development? By purchasing one of the landscape paintings at the Marin Agricultural Land Trust’s Art Show and Sale on Saturday, May 19 (2 p.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday, May 20 (11 […]

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Muir Heritage Land Trust

April 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

We know we’re not supposed to mix editorial content with advertising, but it’s difficult not to comment on the ad placed by the Muir Heritage Land Trust on page 37. Habitat loss is the number one cause of loss of wildlife. Development, roads, and even fencing that cuts wildlife off from their natural habitats are […]

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Of Hazelnuts and Adder’s Tongue

April 01, 2001 by Michael Vasey

A hike on the Hazelnut Trail at Montara Mountain leads you through several scrub communities and straight into a botanical puzzle.

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Old Hills, New Economies

April 01, 2001 by David Rains Wallace

The vast expanse of rugged country east of high-tech Santa Clara Valley, crowned by the Bay Area’s highest peak, has been a refuge for wild species—humans included—for a very long time.

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Out of an Ancient Sea

April 01, 2001 by Christine Colasurdo

The oak-dotted, rounded hills of Contra Costa and eastern Alameda counties are a familiar sight, but do you know how they got to be that way?

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Peering into Muddy Waters

April 01, 2001 by Ron Russo

One measure of the ecological richness of the Bay is its role as a major nursery for five resident species of sharks.

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Stowe Lake Herons, With 2000 Viewing Dates

April 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

Springtime is mating time, and the Bay Area provides its residents with a splendid opportunity to view the new families of one of our most majestic birds—the great blue heron. The largest heron in North America, great blues average nearly four feet in height and have a wingspan of six feet. One of the best […]

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UCSC Grad Program Gallery Show, 2001

April 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

Much of our ability to observe nature is dependent upon the intricate and beautiful drawings prepared by professional artists for field guides, magazines, and literature. Without their acute powers of observation and attention to detail, most of us wouldn’t even know what to look for when trying identify one species from another. On May 19, […]

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What makes wildflowers so colorful?

April 01, 2001 by Paul de Silva

At the precise moment we are looking at them, flowers are sending light rays back to us. But not all of them are sending us the same kind of light in the same way. The different colors are different wavelengths of light. The ultimate source of all of this light is the sun, whose light […]

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Wildflower Web Site

April 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

One of the joys of our Mediterranean climate is the Bay Area’s long wildflower season. Among the first reports this year was the January sighting of blooming fetid adder’s tongue and redwood sorrel in Muir Woods. If you want up-to-date information about wildflowers, including information about where to go and what to see, a few […]

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