Apr-Jun 2003

 

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Camping in the Bay Area

April 01, 2003 by Matt Heid

Plan a sleepover date with nature right here. With dozens of campgrounds within easy commuting distance, Bay Area residents have plenty of options for stealing away for a refreshing night out in the wild. Do you want to camp in the redwoods? Spend a night on the coast? Or greet the sunrise in a field […]

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Camping in the Bay Area

April 01, 2003 by Matt Heid

This spring, plan a sleepover date with nature right here. With dozens of campgrounds within easy commuting distance, Bay Area residents have plenty of options for stealing away for a refreshing night out in the wild. Do you want to camp in the redwoods? Spend a night on the coast? Or greet the sunrise in a field of ancient oaks? Why not all three?

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Bahia Purchase

April 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Congratulations to the coalition of environmental groups, local officials, and state agencies led by the Marin Audubon Society for the successful campaign to purchase the 214-acre bayside blue oak forest in northeast Novato known as Bahia. This extraordinary property also includes 398 acres of diked salt marsh, 18 acres of seasonal wetlands, and 6 acres […]

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Birds of the Bay Trail Project

April 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Calling all birders: Here’s your chance to nominate your favorite birding and wildlife area along a segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail. In order to encourage understanding about Bay Area bird species and to foster responsible land use along the Bay Trail through wildlife viewing and interpretation, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) is […]

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Canyon Park Friends of Open Space

April 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Working under the umbrella of the El Sobrante Valley Defense Fund, the Canyon Park Friends of Open Space (CPFOS) has formed to prevent open space in El Sobrante from being developed by the proposed Clark Road Project. The 144 acres of open space adjacent to Wildcat Canyon Park contain three creeks and several year-round springs, […]

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Close To Home Outings

April 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Beginning in April, Bay Area residents can take part in a yearlong series of monthly outings and lectures to learn about the ecology of the East Bay, including its geology, native plants and wildlife, watershed dynamics, hiking trails, and native people. Co-sponsored by Bay Nature and the Oakland Museum of California, Close to Home: Exploring […]

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Coastwalk

April 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

With longer, warmer days in the offing, now is the perfect time to stretch your legs on a daylong hike in Bay Area open space. If you’re really feeling ambitious, you could join the grand walk being planned by Coastwalk—a trek along the 1,200-mile California Coastal Trail (CCT). June 3 is the kickoff date for […]

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Pacific Lamprey

April 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Over the years, a lot of attention has been paid to declining salmon and trout populations in the Bay Area. But in the meantime, the Pacific lamprey has been overlooked. Considered an “uncharismatic” species, Pacific lamprey have round, elongated bodies that are smooth and slimy to the touch. Lamprey are anadramous, meaning they are born […]

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Randall Museum Renovation

April 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Looking for hands-on programs and activities that will connect you and your family to the natural world? The Randall Museum of San Francisco, a nature museum that has been serving children and families for 66 years, is having a free Spring Festival on April 26 to celebrate its new Outdoor Learning Environment, which takes full […]

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San Francisco Lakes

April 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Today, only three natural freshwater lakes are left in San Francisco—Mountain Lake, Pine Lake, and Lake Merced. In 1995 the lakes were designated Significant Natural Resource Areas by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission. Their wetland fringes are an important component of the Pacific Flyway, providing quality refuge for birds in a densely populated […]

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South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

April 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Through the purchase of 16,500 acres of Bay Area salt ponds from Cargill, Inc., the stage is set for the largest tidal wetlands restoration project ever attempted on the Pacific Coast. The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, consisting of 15,100 acres of salt ponds and associated habitats in the South Bay (the other acres […]

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Watershed Finder

April 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Do you know where the creek closest to your house is? Do you know where its water ends up? We all live in a watershed, a land area from which water drains into a creek, river, lake, wetland, bay, or ground-water aquifer. However, many of us may not know which watershed we live in, nor […]

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Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley

April 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

When development and human infrastructure encroach on the natural territory of wild animals, and human-wildlife interactions increase, the result is often a proliferation of injured and orphaned animals. Located in San Jose, Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley (WCSV) is a facility that has provided care and rehabilitation for more than 30,000 common and threatened species […]

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Hidden Treasures of the Harbor

April 01, 2003 by Dennis Anderson

Below the opaque surface of the calm waters of Richmond and Sausalito Harbors lies an unexpected world of curious forms, brilliant colors, and furious competition for a place to hold on.

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Letter from the Publisher

April 01, 2003 by David Loeb

This is the time of year—that porous border between winter and spring—that I look forward to the most. As I write this in early March, bird songs greet me in the morning, wildflowers are emerging on green hillsides, and it is difficult not to have my heart cracked open by the beauty of the world. […]

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On Sacred Places

April 01, 2003 by Greg Sarris

Tom Smith. A simple name. Not so the man. My great-great-grand-father. Father and grandfather and great-grandfather to many Coast Miwok and Pomo people. I’ve told stories about him, stories I have heard, stories others tell: how he performed miracles healing the sick and built the last traditional Coast Miwok roundhouse on the point at Jenner, […]

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Penetrating the Chaparral

April 01, 2003 by Gordy Slack

Though it’s the most extensive natural habitat in California, chaparral’s brambly ways discourage human visitors. Still, plenty of wildlife finds sanctuary in its tangled, brushy universe, as do the dormant seeds of wildflowers as they await the inevitable next fire, forceful sculptor of this complex landscape.

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The Fire Down Below

April 01, 2003 by Phil Barber

A shower of magma-heated liquid and steam makes for more than just a pretty Calistoga postcard. It’s a 30-million-year-old lesson in California’s dynamic underground history of sliding plates, volcanic eruptions, and molten rock.

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Why is manzanita bark so smooth and red?

April 01, 2003 by Mike Vasey

What a seemingly simple, but deceptively complex question! Ultimately, perhaps, the least speculative—but not completely satisfactory—answer is that manzanitas inherited this trait from their ancestors. There is compelling evidence that manzanitas (genus Arctostaphylos) are derived from a group of trees, the madrones (genus Arbutus), that have fossils dating as far back as 50 million years. […]

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