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A Big Year for Rare Species

January 01, 2008 by David Carroll

From Mori Point in Pacifica to Lands End in San Francisco and all the way up to Tomales Bay, the

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Birds of a Different Feather, Flocking Together

January 01, 2008 by David Lukas

Meander through an oak woodland, or even a wooded suburban area, on a winter day, and you’re likely to experience something strange about our winter woodland songbirds: You may not see them at all. Then suddenly the trees come alive with dozens of birds of several species.

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Allen’s Hummingbirds in Town

January 01, 2008 by Aleta George

Starting in February in coastal areas, keep an eye out for a change in your local hummingbirds. Our resident Anna’s

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Martinez Beavers

January 01, 2008 by Aleta George

Standing in the first light of dawn at the corner of Castro and Escobar streets in downtown Martinez, I searched

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Plastics in the Ocean

January 01, 2008 by Aleta George

Nurdles bobble but they don’t go down. Nurdles are industrial-grade plastic pellets that get melted to make all manner of

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River of Words, 2008

January 01, 2008 by Aleta George

When teacher Linda Cover walks into a classroom, she steps onto fertile soil, knowing that her students have a cumulative

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Sudden Oak Death Still With Us

January 01, 2008 by Aleta George

A mountain biker flew down Patrick Ridge in Marin County’s China Camp State Park. He was focusing on the rocky

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Forgotten Foundation

January 01, 2008 by Gray Brechin

On a trail at Mount Tamalpais or Diablo, perfectly set stone steps make an ascent easier; farther along, a massive log bridge crosses a rugged ravine. It’s common to pass by and take these structures, and those who made them, for granted. This spring marks the 75th anniversary of the inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose epic New Deal work projects brought us not only dams and bay fill but also enduring public trails and other park infrastructure that thousands of people use today with little knowledge of their origins and the great nationwide social experiment that built them.

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Letter from the Publisher

January 01, 2008 by David Loeb

On the Sunday following the November 7 container ship accident that dumped 58,000 gallons of bunker oil into San Francisco

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Lord of the Burrows

January 01, 2008 by Kathleen M. Wong

Ask most people to name the most important species of our grassland habitats, and they’ll probably pick coyotes, golden eagles, or even rattlesnakes. But experts say that the strongest contender of all is the animal eaten by all those other ones: the lowly California ground squirrel, a true keystone of local grasslands. Belowground, the squirrels’ lengthy burrows harbor insects, snakes, owls, and even frogs and salamanders that couldn’t live in such a dry landscape without the squirrels’ help. And above-ground, they’ve evolved some unusual defenses that allow them to thrive, even as they feed so many others.

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My Hill

January 01, 2008 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Everyone has a hill. A line of land up and down that makes your heart leap. A small fold in

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The Herd Shot Round the Bay

January 01, 2008 by John Muir Laws

In a few spots in the Bay Area, you can get a glimpse of our state’s signature grazer: the tule elk.

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Patience Rewarded

January 01, 2008 by Joe Eaton

You might be taken by surprise at this marshland wildlife area, with its plethora of wandering elk, playful otters, acrobatic owls, and diverse waterfowl. Just be sure it’s not hunting season when you go.

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The Frog Days of Winter

January 01, 2008 by Mike Koslosky

On rainy days, wildlife watching outdoors is probably not at the top of your list, but there is one group

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What native land snails live in the Bay Area?

January 01, 2008 by Michael Ellis

Q: What native land snails live in the Bay Area? Where do the common garden snails come from, and what’s

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