Jan-Mar 2005

 

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Soil Matters

January 01, 2005 by Bay Nature

We tend to take the ground beneath our feet for granted, but soil is a defining feature of the landscape around us, in the garden and on the trail.

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By the Water’s Edge

January 01, 2005 by Gordy Slack

The East Bay is home to 44 creeks that drain into San Francisco Bay—from small but well-protected Wildcat Creek in the north to the 700 square miles of Alameda Creek’s watershed to the south.

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Down to the Sea Again

January 01, 2005 by Doris Sloan

Daly City’s cliffs hold tales of ancient seas and volcanic eruptions. But don’t count on them to stand still under your feet, or your home.

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Proposed Expansion of ATV Access Into Corral Hollow

January 01, 2005 by Christine Sculati

In the 1850s, ranchers corralled wild horses in a long, rocky canyon southeast of Livermore. Aptly named Corral Hollow, this valley—covered in the October 2001 issue of Bay Nature—is the center of a controversy between off-road vehicle enthusiasts backed by the state and a growing coalition of environmental groups who consider the historical valley an […]

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Decontaminating Navy Land

January 01, 2005 by Christine Sculati

Along the Mountain View shoreline in the South Bay, activists are pressuring the U.S. Navy to fully decontaminate bayside property that borders thousands of acres of salt ponds slated for restoration. Without a full cleanup, the Moffett Field Superfund Site 25—a diked marsh and storm water collection pond—cannot be restored to tidal wetlands and reconnected […]

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Flyway Festival

January 01, 2005 by Christine Sculati

Heading farther east on Highway 37 toward Mare Island in Vallejo, birders and wetlands enthusiasts can come in for a landing at the Ninth Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival from January 21 to 23. The free festival celebrates the annual migration of over a million shorebirds and waterfowl through the Bay Area and offers […]

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Ocean Film Festival

January 01, 2005 by Christine Sculati

The second annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, a three-day celebration of oceans and estuaries, kicks off on Friday, January 28, with a reception at the San Francisco Maritime Museum near Ghirardelli Square. On Saturday and Sunday, the event continues at Fort Mason’s Cowell Theater with documentaries and short films from around the world, as […]

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Sonoma Baylands Purchases

January 01, 2005 by Christine Sculati

As Tolay Creek pools and spills on its journey to San Pablo Bay, it passes several recent acquisitions by the Sonoma Land Trust (SLT), an organization that is piecing together a wide swath of land stretching across the shoreline of San Pablo Bay. The newest additions include the 648-acre Dickson Ranch and the 1,679-acre North […]

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Tolay Ranch Purchase

January 01, 2005 by Christine Sculati

Nestled in a hidden valley southeast of Petaluma lies Tolay Lake Ranch and an “untold story of California history,” says Philip Sales of Sonoma County Regional Parks. The parks department has teamed up with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District to preserve and restore this scenic property as a regional park. The […]

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Going Overboard

January 01, 2005 by Dan Rademacher

In 1985, when Jane and Ray Pittsinger rented a house at 548 Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica, they had a 30-foot-deep backyard that fronted on the cliffs, a staircase down to the beach, and the most amazing views of the Pacific they’d ever seen. “We contemplated trying to buy the house, but it would have been […]

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Letter from the Publisher

January 01, 2005 by David Loeb

As I write this letter, it was exactly a year ago that I first felt a lump in my right thigh. Four weeks later, it was diagnosed as soft tissue sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Now, 11 months on, I have made it through five rounds of chemotherapy, seven weeks of radiation, and two […]

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Night of the Salamander

January 01, 2005 by Joy Lanzendorfer

On winter’s wettest night, you just might see a California tiger salamander on its trek from grassland to wetland.

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Revitalizing Urban Creeks

January 01, 2005 by Cindy Spring

Urban creek restoration involves more than removing nonnative plants and substituting local ones. Add to that: volunteer management skills and detailed knowledge of bird, amphibian, fish, and mammal habitats; flood plain control; water quality; government ordinances; and the right size of park benches, bike trails, and trail chips. The list goes on. Susan Schwartz is […]

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Garden Stories

January 01, 2005 by Anne Hayes

The old saw about weather in San Francisco—if you don’t like it, walk a block—could also be applied to Bay Area soils. Nonconformity in Bay Area rocks, along with varied topography, climate, and vegetation, has resulted in a great variety of native soils. In addition to natural processes, human factors also greatly influence the composition […]

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Getting Grounded

January 01, 2005 by Anne Hayes

Long, long ago, in a time before time, the place where we now live was a deep sea. Beneath the waters, however, the earth stirred. A coast range was lifted up. Rains fell upon the bare slopes. Rivers and streams formed, wearing away rock, transporting sediment. At a very stately pace, over the last two […]

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Notes from Underground

January 01, 2005 by Mike Koslosky

It is often the smallest things that get overlooked, and life in the soil is probably the most neglected habitat of all. Tilling the soil or weeding the garden puts us in touch with a few members of the soil environment, and we might notice a spider, snail, beetle, or worm now and again. But […]

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Resources for Healthy Soil

January 01, 2005 by Sue Rosenthal

General Information Sources and Websites Bio-Integral Resource Center www.birc.org (510)524-2567 Extensive information resources for least-toxic pest management. California Integrated Waste Management Board www.ciwmb.ca.gov/organics/gardening Information and resources for organic materials management and home gardening, including grasscycling, home composting, and worm composting. Our Water—Our World www.Ourwaterourworld.org Integrated Pest Management Fact Sheets, plus lists of less toxic products […]

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Soil-Friendly Practices

January 01, 2005 by Anne Hayes

Organic matter is the most important part of the soil because it is fodder for the many organisms that keep soil alive and elastic. And because it is consumed by these organisms, soil organic matter needs to be replenished. The makings of soil organic matter are a constant part of all of our lives, from […]

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Soil Matters

January 01, 2005 by Bay Nature Staff

We tend to take the ground beneath our feet for granted, but soil is a defining feature of the landscape around us, in the garden and on the trail.

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Taking Refuge

January 01, 2005 by Matthew Bettelheim

At this small, sandy National Wildlife Refuge on the industrial outskirts of Antioch, you’ll find great views of the San Joaquin River, and rare plants and insects that don’t exist anywhere else.

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They Keep Coming Back

January 01, 2005 by Dan Rademacher

In the early 1970s, when the Army Corps of Engineers built a weir across Alameda Creek to stabilize a railroad crossing and the new BART tracks, they also blocked steelhead from swimming to upstream spawning grounds. Given the numerous dams and other diversions built on the 700-square-mile watershed since 1913, you’d think this last insult […]

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