Jan-Mar 2003

 

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Gardening for Wildlife with Native Plants

January 01, 2003 by Anne Hayes

Not long ago, the Bay Area was home to wild creatures in numbers beyond reckoning. While we can’t undo generations of intensive human settlement, there’s a surprising amount of potential habitat for wildlife in the spaces in our own yards. By growing native plants, we can invite the wild back into our daily lives.

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Between River and Bay

January 01, 2003 by Gordy Slack

At the intersection of coastal tides and inland rivers there’s a place that’s rich in history and full of life. The Delta has been greatly altered by human hands, but at Big Break Regional Shoreline, its watery charms are accessible to those willing to venture off the beaten path.

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Do any Bay Area animals hibernate in winter?

January 01, 2003 by Joe Mueller

Our temperate climate here in the Bay Area means that most inhabitants don’t have to hibernate. Hibernation is a form of adaptive hypothermia, a continuum of responses to climatic variations that allow an animal to save energy by temporarily abandoning the effort required to maintain a constant body temperature. When freezing temperatures and snow reduce […]

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100th Anniversary of Pelican Island Federal Wildlife Refuge

January 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Speaking of birthdays, March 14, 2003, marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the first federal wildlife refuge in the United States, Florida’s Pelican Island. Originally set aside to provide a safe haven for migratory birds in their breeding and wintering habitats, Pelican Island was the first of many National Wildlife Refuges selected for […]

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150th Anniversary of the California Academy of Science

January 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Founded in 1853 to survey the vast natural resources of California and beyond, the California Academy of Sciences is dedicated to teaching the people of the Bay Area about the natural world. It’s time to wish the Academy a heartfelt “happy birthday” as it celebrates its 150th anniversary with several months of activities and events. […]

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Arthur Feinstein Named Hero of Clean Water Act

January 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

The Bay Area got some good news recently with the naming of Arthur Feinstein, executive director of Golden Gate Audubon, as one of the “Thirty Heroes for Thirty Years of the Clean Water Act” by the national Clean Water Network (www.cwn.org). Recognized for his long-standing commitment to implementing the Clean Water Act, Feinstein played a […]

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California Condor Update

January 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

The fate of the California condor appears somewhat brighter today thanks to successful restoration, rehabilitation, and reintroduction efforts undertaken over the past 15 years. Although habitat loss contributed to the near extinction of the world’s largest flying bird, wildlife biologists believe that enough habitat remains in the condor’s historic range to sustain a healthy population. […]

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Ellen Strauss – In Memoriam

January 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

This past November, the Bay Area lost an inspiring, dedicated voice for the environment. Ellen Straus, matriarch of the first organic dairy farm west of the Mississippi and co-founder of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT; at www.malt.org), passed away at her home in the West Marin town of Marshall. After fleeing Holland in 1940 […]

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Fire Lecture

January 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Fire played a critical role in shaping Bay Area ecosystems in pre-settlement times, moving through the landscape unabated by anything but topography and weather. Native Californians used fire to promote the production of seeds and acorns and to aid in hunting. With the arrival of European settlers and subsequent growth of suburban communities, such active, […]

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Pesticide Database

January 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Pollution in our air, food, and water continues to trouble many Bay Area residents looking to keep this urban area healthy. Several organizations help people take a more active role in understanding and helping to reduce the amount of pollution and toxicity present in our environment. The Pesticide Database (www.pesticideinfo.org), created by San Francisco’s Pesticide […]

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Sky Valley-Cordelia Hills Open Space Project

January 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Solano County faces powerful development pressures, perhaps more than any other Bay Area county. The Sky Valley-Cordelia Hills Open Space Project, a unique partnership between the nonprofit Solano Land Trust (SLT), the cities of Benicia, Fairfield, and Vallejo, and Solano County, is charged with preserving 10,000 acres of land in the foothills between Fairfield and […]

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Tiburon Audubon Center

January 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Tiburon Audubon Center & Sanctuary, comprising 11 acres of varied terrain and 900 acres of submerged mudflat and rocky beach, serves as an engaging outdoor classroom. Located at the northern end of Richardson Bay, the center offers adults environmental education workshops and docent training for its Bay Shore Studies (BSS) program. BSS is a volunteer-led, […]

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Urban Walks

January 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

During the rainy months, when trails often become too muddy for easy walking, consider taking an urban hike. In San Francisco, a new edition of Stairway Walks in San Francisco by Adah Bakalinsky, available through Wilderness Press (www.wildernesspress.com), describes public stairways and unusual urban walks unique to San Francisco. Bakalinsky combines dozens of her favorite […]

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Workhops at the Jepson Herbarium

January 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Would you like to learn how to identify wildflowers or expand your botanical vocabulary? Or discuss the evolutionary history that produced the diversity of organisms living around us? You might find an appropriate workshop or panel discussion to satiate these cravings through the Jepson Herbarium at UC Berkeley. The herbarium studies plants of California and […]

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Fluke or Fixture

January 01, 2003 by Barbara Tannenbaum

An increasing number of gray whales have been spotted in San Francisco Bay in recent years. Why are these aquatic giants venturing here now in greater numbers? Are they temporary refugees? Or are they adding a regular stop on their 10,000-mile-long migration route?

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Creating a Creekside Haven

January 01, 2003 by Anne Hayes

When she gets out of the shower in the morning, Sue LaTourrette might find herself standing 10 feet from a great egret. “We live on a creek,” she says, “so we were used to wildlife. But we never had herons and egrets before!” These days, great blue herons, hawks, and songbirds are frequent visitors. Raccoons […]

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Drawing with a Local Palette

January 01, 2003 by Anne Hayes

If not for an unassuming wire fence, you might mistake Judith Larner Lowry’s garden for one of nature’s own. The tall wooden gate resists slightly, then yields, permitting the visitor to step into a quiet community of coastal scrub. Undulating stands of coyote brush stretch in all directions, some low, some tall. Within this architecture, […]

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Gardening for Wildlife with Native Plants

January 01, 2003 by Anne Hayes

Not long ago, the Bay Area was home to wild creatures in numbers beyond reckoning. While we can’t undo generations of intensive human settlement, there’s a surprising amount of potential habitat for wildlife in the spaces in our own yards. By growing native plants, we can invite the wild back into our daily lives.

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Native Plant Gardening Resources

January 01, 2003 by Bay Nature Staff

NURSERIES, SEED SUPPLIERS, PLANT SALES, AND BOTANIC GARDENS Bay Natives   375 Alabama St. #440 San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 287-6755http://www.baynatives.com     Berkeley Horticultural Nursery   1310 McGee Ave. Berkeley, CA 94703 (510)526-4704 Stock includes California natives among other types of plants. Encourages sustainable, organic gardening. California Flora Nursery P.O. Box 3, Somers and […]

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Starting a Wildlife Habitat Garden

January 01, 2003 by Anne Hayes

It’s really not that hard to transform your garden into a welcoming habitat for native wildlife. But you do need to know where to start. Here are a few steps to help you begin: 1. Start small. Working in a small area makes the project manageable and increases the likelihood of success. Remove a patch […]

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Starting with the Oaks

January 01, 2003 by Anne Hayes

A winding path through Kathy Welch’s garden leads to an oak grove. Photo by Saxon Holt. Kathy Welch had already begun to consider renovating her yard in the Oakland hills when she made a few discoveries. “I found a trillium poking out. It was beautiful, a deep claret color. It had struggled through the ivy! […]

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What’s the Buzz? Native Bees!

January 01, 2003 by Mike Koslosky

They don’t live in colonies, they rarely sting, and—if you plant natives—you might find some in your own backyard.

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Letter from the Publisher

January 01, 2003 by David Loeb

On December 9 I received an e-mail from Guy Oliver at the Oceanic Society, announcing the appearance of the first gray whale of the season in San Francisco Bay, a 30-foot individual sighted east of Angel Island. The news came as an emotionally uplifting exclamation point to the process of working on this issue’s article […]

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Rooted in History

January 01, 2003 by John Hart

Once a major crossroads for the Coast Miwok, and briefly a home for the Grateful Dead, Rancho Olompali now sits quietly beside Highway 101 north of Novato. But follow its trails and you’ll hear the echoes of the voices of those who came before.

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Whaling from San Francisco Bay

January 01, 2003 by Bay Nature Staff

Though whales were never hunted in San Francisco Bay itself, the whaling industry had a long presence here. Beginning in the 1830s, whaling ships of British and New England–based fleets wintered in San Francisco Bay. A hundred ships or more might be anchored along the San Francisco waterfront, where they stocked up on provisions for […]

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