Apr-Jun 2014

Where do you find nature? Bay Nature’s Spring 2014 issue celebrates the idea that nature’s where you look for it. Leath Tonino finds adventure and understanding in a hammock strung high in a redwood tree, above the bright lights and barking dogs of urban San Francisco. Ron Erskine finds solitude in the Orestimba Wilderness, the Bay Area’s only state-designated wilderness area and a spot so lonely it can get a little unnerving. Kenneth Brower looks through the eyes of the legendary landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted, and finds beauty and enormous potential in a vision of the then-undeveloped East Bay Hills.

We also go looking in the Bay, on a swim in the pond with the charismatic leopard shark and in the “living shoreline” of oyster reefs that’s restoring health to the Bay while promising a valuable tool in the fight against climate change.

Cover photo, of sunset on the Hardy Trail in Round Valley Regional Preserve, by Paul Salemme.

 

Issue Content

Letter from the Publisher: April Showers, May Flowers?

March 26, 2014 by David Loeb

By the time you read this in April, the die will have been cast and the show — of unknown quality and duration — should be on. So head on out for a springtime pilgrimage, and while you’re at it, why not share your best wildflower sightings with us and our readers?

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The Nearby Wilderness: Seeking Solitude and Serenity in the Orestimba

March 27, 2014 by Ron Erskine

Moments of utter solitude are the Orestimba’s calling card. Wherever you might travel in the American West, you are not likely to find a place more isolated.

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Turning the Corner on Invasive Spartina

April 04, 2014 by Lexi Pandell

Today, after 13 years of work by the Invasive Spartina Project and its partners to eliminate the invasive hybrid, the team is now into the rebuilding phase of its long-term plan, replanting the area with native cordgrass in hopes that it will reclaim its former territory.

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Living Shorelines

April 07, 2014 by Sean Greene

A few years ago the State Coastal Conservancy went looking for something new: habitat restoration that would also address sea level rise. Two years into a pilot experiment, the results suggest that in the appropriate places this green climate adaptation might work.

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Moments of Inception: The Founding Vision of the East Bay Regional Parks

April 10, 2014 by Kenneth Brower

In 1863, not a year after Thoreau’s death, Frederick Law Olmsted, king of American landscape architecture, looked into the hills east of San Francisco Bay and saw that they were good. He imagined a park up there.

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A New Haven for the Leopard Shark

April 17, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Leopard sharks are a shallow-water coastal species, with a range extending from southern Oregon to southern Baja California. They are the most abundant shark species in the San Francisco Bay.

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First Person: Environmental Education Award Winner Liam O’Brien

April 21, 2014 by Eric Simons

The architect of urban butterfly habitat projects like Tigers on Market Street and the Green Hairstreak Corridor, and the restoration of Mission blues on Twin Peaks, Liam O’Brien is a man on a mission to prove that habitats for humans and habitats for butterflies aren’t mutually exclusive.

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First Person: Conservation Action Award Winner Craig Anderson

April 21, 2014 by Aleta George

It’s sometimes hard to tell what Craig Anderson loves more: land, people, music, outdoor adventure, or his 29-year-old Toyota pickup. That’s because whatever he’s doing at any particular moment, he’s doing it with great passion, keen intention, and a big heart.

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First Person: Youth Engagement Award Winner Cheyanna Washburn

April 21, 2014 by Jacoba Charles

We first encountered Cheyanna Washburn in her role as an intern with the California Phenology Project at the John Muir National Historic Site in her hometown of Martinez. Now a student at Diablo Valley College in botany and recreational therapy, Cheyanna found her path into the natural world at the alternative New Leaf Leadership Academy, […]

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Tree Camping: A Bed of Boughs in a City of Lights

April 29, 2014 by Leath Tonino

My plan was really more of a prompt, a nudge from me to myself in the direction of urban-arboreal adventure. I’d wander San Francisco, neighborhood to neighborhood, park to park, paying attention to trees.

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