Jul-Sep 2006

 

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Speak of the Devil

July 01, 2006 by David Rains Wallace

Mount Diablo is such a towering icon of our landscape that it is sometimes easy to forget how much complexity

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A Moveable Feast

July 01, 2007 by Kathleen M. Wong

Fog rolling over Twin Peaks may not seem like a boon for salmon, sea lions, and blue whales, but it is. Coastal upwelling is the phenomenon that brings nutrient-rich colder water to the ocean surface just off our coast most every spring and summer, and that means fog for us and plenty of food for everything from phytoplankton to humpback whales.

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Concord Naval Weapons Station

July 01, 2007 by Aleta George

It’s rare for a Bay Area city to be in the position of deciding what to do with a windfall

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Dam Removal for Steelhead

July 01, 2007 by Aleta George

In what ought to be a landmark action to restore steelhead trout runs in the region, two dams are slated

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Nature Podcasts

July 01, 2007 by Aleta George

Those of us behind the technological times may bristle at the convergence of computers and nature. What, you might ask,

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Record Spring Rain, 2006

July 01, 2007 by Aleta George

All that springtime rain may seem a distant memory now, but the record still holds: San Francisco had the rainiest

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San Francisco Natural Areas Program

July 01, 2007 by Aleta George

San Francisco’s Natural Areas Program is in the final stages of hammering out a plan to guide the management and

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From Collecting to Recollecting

July 01, 2007 by Susan McCarthy

This San Mateo coast reserve–home to brilliantly colored nudibranchs, 20-armed sun stars, and pupping harbor seals–has been transformed from a place of collection and plunder to one of exploration and wonder.

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Guaranteed Returns

July 01, 2007 by John Hart

Sure, it can be frustrating to see that land purchased for a park is still closed to the public. But buying open space is only the first step in creating a new park. After that come the land-use plans and the search for funds to pay for facilities and staff. Here we take a look at what it will take for the East Bay Regional Park District to transform the 15,000 acres in its land bank into parks.

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Letter from the Publisher

July 01, 2007 by David Loeb

Back in the mid-1970s, as a newcomer here, I felt a certain pride in learning to orient myself by sighting

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Mount Diablo Resources

July 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

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Several local nonprofit organizations work to protect open space on and around Mount Diablo and to inform the public

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Mount Diablo: A Place for Raptors

July 01, 2007 by David Rains Wallace

Mount Diablo’s woodlands and canyons provide habitat for a fantastic variety of raptors, from kestrels to golden eagles (of which

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Speak of the Devil

July 01, 2007 by David Rains Wallace

Mount Diablo is such a towering icon of our landscape that it is sometimes easy to forget how much complexity lies within its familiar outline. Indeed, the mountain holds many stories: from the drama of its birth under the ocean, to its (mis)naming by early American settlers, to last year’s rediscovery of the rare Mount Diablo buckwheat. Today the story continues, with the mountain and its surrounding ridges and canyons anchoring a bold vision for a broad swath of protected open space and wildlife corridors stretching from Concord to Livermore.

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The Summit Loop Hike

July 01, 2007 by David Rains Wallace

This strenuous 5.3-mile hike circumambulates Mount Diablo’s summit, and traverses many of the mountain’s geological and botanical features. When I

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What a Grand Sight!

July 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Beginning in 1860, botanist William H. Brewer accompanied state geologist Josiah Dwight Whitney on an expedition to perform “an accurate

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