Jul-Sep 2007

 

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Highway to the Flyway

July 01, 2007 by John Hart

Though they get a lot less attention than their South Bay counterparts, the ongoing restoration efforts in the North Bay,

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A Force To Be Reckoned With

July 01, 2007 by Cindy Spring

Barbara Salzman was “hooked on nature” after taking her young son on field trips with Elizabeth Terwilliger, Marin’s legendary environmental

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At Home off the Range

July 01, 2007 by Richard Mahler

Once home to California’s largest landowner, Mount Madonna near Gilroy showcases an impressive range of habitats, from redwood forests to open oak woodlands, serpentine barrens, and chaparral.

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Do local breeding birds mate for life?

July 01, 2007 by Michael Ellis

Q: Do any local breeding birds mate for life? Why? [Leo, San Francisco]
A: Some local birds do form long-lasting

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Black Rock Abalone Endangered

July 01, 2007 by Aleta George

A favorite food of the southern sea otter is black abalone, a marine mollusk that has historically put down roots

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Least Terns at Alameda Naval Air Station

July 01, 2007 by Aleta George

In late spring, a thumb-size least tern chick emerges from its egg on Alameda Point. The chick’s eyes are open

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Native Patwin Grinding Rocks/Conservation in Solano County

July 01, 2007 by Aleta George

Two grinding rocks once used by the native Patwin people at Lynch Canyon Open Space in Solano County are perfectly

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Otters at Elkhorn Slough

July 01, 2007 by Aleta George

At the Moss Landing Marina halfway between Santa Cruz and Monterey, I slip into a kayak and paddle toward Elkhorn

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Rare Species in Contra Costa County Protected from Development

July 01, 2007 by Aleta George

Across San Pablo Bay, Contra Costa County is also trying to manage growth wisely. The population here is expected to

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Gone with the Wind

July 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

The old adage says the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but that’s really just the beginning of the

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San Pablo Baylands Agencies and Organizations

July 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

The Bay Institute of San Francisco
Works with public agencies and nonprofits to promote wetlands restoration around San Pablo Bay,

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Canvasback

July 01, 2007 by John Hart

On an early map of San Pablo Bay, made in 1775, the Spanish explorer Jose Canizares wrote this phrase: “forests

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Highway to the Flyway

July 01, 2007 by John Hart

Along the gentle arc of the northern San Pablo Bay shoreline, one of the region’s least loved highways, Highway 37, traverses one of its most fascinating landscapes. Best to be in the passenger seat, for the country you are traversing deserves far more than a stolen glance…

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Marsh Gumplant

July 01, 2007 by John Hart

Defining the edge of a shifting body of water like San Francisco Bay, whose exact extent changes with every tide,

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Napa-Sonoma Marshes

July 01, 2007 by John Hart

We are somewhere west of the Napa River, nosing in a small boat along a slough between hollow islands known

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Sears Point

July 01, 2007 by John Hart

The southernmost hump of the Sears Point ridge, known locally as Cougar Mountain, looms over Highway 37. Not its height

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The Other Rail

July 01, 2007 by John Hart

Everybody knows about the California clapper rail, the charismatic (though elusive) endangered bird of San Francisco Bay marshes. The San

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The Tribe

July 01, 2007 by John Hart

When Greg Sarris of Santa Rosa, an adopted child, learned that his paternal grandmother was a Coast Miwok, it opened

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The View from the Can Club

July 01, 2007 by John Hart

On a fall day in duck hunting season, the sound of shotgun fire echoes across the Napa-Sonoma Marshes. It will

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View from the Farm

July 01, 2007 by John Hart

You reach Fred Dickson’s place by turning south off Highway 37 near Sears Point on Reclamation Road, the very name

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Visiting the San Pablo Baylands

July 01, 2007 by David Carroll

Despite covering a large area that has abundant wildlife, the San Pablo Baylands offer few public access points, among them

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Letter from the Publisher

July 01, 2007 by David Loeb

At first, it seemed like a rather straightforward task to put together a map for our section on the San

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Mount Sutro’s Untold Understory

July 01, 2007 by Sarah Sweedler

It’s almost impossible to miss Sutro Tower, the lanky broadcast antenna that looms 977 feet above the summit of one

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Nature at the Table

July 01, 2007 by Chris Clarke

On summer weekends, the nearly 4,000 picnic tables of the East Bay Regional Park District are packed with families from many of the Bay Area’s diverse communities, returning year after year to their favorite spots, along with great blue herons hunting gophers, crows and ravens pillaging trash cans, and raccoons swiping meat right off the grill. All just part of the curious ecology of our local picnic areas.

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Otter Chaos!

July 01, 2007 by John Muir Laws

The adorable river otters of Rodeo Lagoon, in the Marin Headlands, don’t seem so cute and playful when they take down a brown pelican.

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Paddling on the Wild Side

July 01, 2007 by Paul McHugh

Few craft can match a kayak for allowing you to immerse yourself in the watery universe of bay or ocean, moving silently through the world of seals, otters, dolphins, and seabirds. Two of our region’s most experienced sea kayakers take us out on the water for up-close and personal encounters with some of the bountiful and charismatic marine life plying our local marine habitats.

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Water Walkers and Bottom Feeders

July 01, 2007 by Joe Eaton

Discover the world of water striders and water boatmen.

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