Jul-Sep 2002

 

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A Redwood Century at Big Basin

July 01, 2002 by Delphin M. Delmas

At the dawn of the 20th century, a number of Peninsula residents—including photographer Andrew Hill and lawyer Delphin Delmas—watched in horror as loggers cut their way into groves of ancient redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Determined to preserve these Titanic offsprings of Nature for future generations, these pioneering citizens banded together to lobby for the creation of California’s first state park—Big Basin.

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Claiming the Rubble

July 01, 2002 by Persis M. Karim

Along the Bay’s eastern shoreline, an odd collection of artists, shorebirds, and plants have made their mark on a little-known former landfill known as the Albany Bulb. Now the Bulb’s unruly landscape finds itself in the midst of the debate over the design of the new Eastshore State Park. But you can still explore and unwind at this decidedly eclectic open space.

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Cutting Through the Fog

July 01, 2002 by Harold Gilliam

While the rest of the West bakes in the summer heat, Bay Area residents salute the return of the fog. Renowned environmental journalist Harold Gilliam explains the dynamics of the Bay Area’s natural air-conditioning system as two local photographers capture its fleeting beauty.

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Announcing Calflora.Org

July 01, 2002 by Sara Marcellino

Have you ever wondered where to find free and reliable information about your favorite Bay Area plants? A unique, comprehensive online resource, CalFlora (www.calflora.org), serves as a clearinghouse for botanical information that can be used for education, research, conservation, or just to satisfy your curiosity. With data organized by plant type and by county, CalFlora’s […]

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Bugs at the Randall Museum

July 01, 2002 by Sara Marcellino

What do grigs, mantids, lace-wings, and damselflies have in common? They’re all bugs, and now’s your chance to learn more about all of them. San Francisco’s Randall Museum is featuring a free, interactive exhibit entitled “Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!” through mid-September. Mini-entomologists can explore a myriad of insect-inspired scenes and activities while observing a working wasp […]

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San Mateo Stewardship, and Committee for Green Foothills Turns 40

July 01, 2002 by Sara Marcellino

Thanks to a long history of open space protection in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, many beautiful rural coastal vistas have been saved from development. Recently, 170 land managers from these counties, representing private, governmental, and nonprofit organizations, gathered at the Coastal San Mateo Stewardship Conference in Half Moon Bay to learn more about […]

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Environmental Traveling Companions

July 01, 2002 by Sara Marcellino

San Francisco-based Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) opens up the beauty and challenge of outdoor adventures to people with special needs, believing that everyone, regardless of physical or financial limitations, should have the opportunity to experience nature. Each year, ETC takes more than 2,000 people with special needs kayaking on the Bay, rafting down the American […]

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Exploring a Sense of Place

July 01, 2002 by Sara Marcellino

Everybody talks about sustainable development, but how do you really achieve it? You have to start from an understanding of the local ecosystem, to know what it can and cannot actually sustain. This is the rationale behind the programs offered by the Palo Alto-based Foundation for Global Community. Through regional land use initiatives, workshops, and […]

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Gallery Route 1 Exhibit

July 01, 2002 by Sara Marcellino

As food travels longer and longer distances to get from farm to table, and more evidence surfaces linking disease to chemicals used in food production, more and more Bay Area residents have joined the movement supporting local small-scale farmers growing organic fruits, vegetables, and other foods. To celebrate this trend, Gallery Route One at Point […]

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Herons and Egrets at Audubon Canyon Ranch

July 01, 2002 by Sara Marcellino

IGreat blue herons and great egrets nest, chatter, and dance atop the redwood trees in the Bolinas Lagoon Preserve in west Marin. Research teams from Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), the nonprofit organization that owns and oversees the Preserve, have reported successful results from the 2001-2002 nesting season: out of 80 great egret nests, 40 produced […]

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Mike Vasey Field Course

July 01, 2002 by Sara Marcellino

Here’s another great opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the nature of our bioregion: join San Francisco State professor and Bay Nature contributor Michael Vasey for a six-day course called “Conserving Biodiversity in the San Francisco Bay Estuary,” offered through SFSU’s Romberg Tiburon Center (college credit available). The course stresses “paddles-on” learning, with canoe field […]

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Patterson Ranch in Fremont

July 01, 2002 by Sara Marcellino

Many of us think of the flatland stretch between Hayward and San Jose as mall-and-sprawl wasteland, but actually, some valuable open spaces still exist. Bordering Coyote Hills Regional Park, 429-acre Patterson Ranch in northern Fremont is being considered for rezoning to high-density residential use. These diked baylands east of Coyote Hills support the largest remaining […]

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Salt Ponds Restoration Report

July 01, 2002 by Sara Marcellino

As you have probably heard, 16,500 acres of salt ponds in southern San Francisco Bay will soon be purchased from Cargill Salt and handed over to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This historic purchase, funded by a combination of state, federal, and private monies, opens the door to the possibility of […]

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Santa Cruz Mountains Trails Book

July 01, 2002 by Sara Marcellino

In recent years, the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area has become known as the hub of high tech, but the area stretching from South San Francisco to Santa Cruz has thousands of acres of protected open space, with habitats ranging from ocean cliffs to redwood forests, and from oak woodlands to serpentine […]

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San Francisco’s Natural Areas Program

July 01, 2002 by Sara Marcellino

Small fragments of San Francisco’s original plant communities still survive today, the last vestiges of the unique grasslands, dunes, oak woodlands, and creeks that are the natural heritage of the City by the Bay. Through site stewardship, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Natural Areas Program continues to work with community groups and volunteers […]

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Watershed Workshops

July 01, 2002 by Sara Marcellino

Small fragments of San Francisco’s original plant communities still survive today, the last vestiges of the unique grasslands, dunes, oak woodlands, and creeks that are the natural heritage of the City by the Bay. Through site stewardship, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Natural Areas Program continues to work with community groups and volunteers […]

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Letter from the Publisher

July 01, 2002 by David Loeb

I don’t usually like to leave the Bay Area in April, my favorite time of year around here. I’d rather wait until summer, when the hills have turned golden. But the invitation to spend a week kayaking in the Sea of Cortez off Baja California was just too good to pass up. So off I […]

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Postcards from Pescadero

July 01, 2002 by Pete Holloran

True, there was no e-mail, snail mail, or even Pony Express, but somehow postcards from intrepid explorers of the San Mateo coast in days of yore have reached our mailbox. Take a unique trip through time and discover how the beach and marsh at Pescadero came to be the treasures we love to visit today.

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The Raven Returns

July 01, 2002 by Joe Eaton

Considered one of the smartest and most adaptable birds in the sky, ravens are as comfortable dining on garbage as on endangered snowy plovers. After dwindling for decades, raven populations have rebounded throughout the Bay Area, bringing with them a touch of wildness to our urban lives.

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Why are banana slugs so slimy?

July 01, 2002 by Michael Ellis

Back when I used to teach children about nature, I often relied on a “hook” to keep them focused. Slapping myself with stinging nettle was a great attention grabber, but banana slugs worked just as well and didn’t hurt as much. I’d find one and ask the kids, “How do you really know it’s a […]

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