Oct-Dec 2001

 

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The Changing Nature of Joaquin Miller Park

October 01, 2001 by Rex Burress

Over 100 years ago, poet Joaquin Miller found a refuge in the Oakland hills. Today, thousands of residents from the cities below are doing likewise in the park that bears his name.

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Bay Nature Reading

October 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

Just to show that you don’t necessarily need to go outside of urban San Francisco to enjoy Bay Area wildlife, Bay Nature is hosting a free public program at Black Oak Books in San Francisco on “Nature & the City.” The program, on Monday October 29, at 7:30 p.m., will be hosted by Bay Nature […]

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California Shrub Book

October 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

University of California Press natural history guides are always welcome additions to a nature lover’s library, and the newest in the series is no exception. Trees and Shrubs of California, by John D. Stuart and John O. Sawyer, is the first field guide dedicated to both types of woody California plants. The guide is divided […]

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Exhibit on Russia’s Great Voyages

October 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

At the California Academy of Sciences’ new exhibit, “Russia’s Great Voyages to America: Science Under Sail 1728-1867,” viewers get a firsthand look at thousands of animal and plant specimens, artifacts, illustrations, and journal entries collected by the earliest explorers of the Pacific Northwest and northern California coasts. In addition to charting the north Pacific Coast, […]

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Fall Birding

October 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

Every year—fall to spring—the Bay Area plays host to millions of birds, some wintering over, others migrating through. Three of the area’s experienced birders offered to share with Bay Nature readers a few of their favorite spots for viewing this avian bounty. To the north, Rich Stallcup suggests Bolinas Lagoon on Hwy. 1 between Bolinas […]

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Formation of Acterra

October 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

Using resources more efficiently and effectively—that’s a major part of what sustainability is all about and exactly what Bay Area Action (BAA) and the Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation (PCCF) had in mind when they decided to merge and form a new organization, Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth. Both PCCF and BAA are well known […]

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Gateway Valley Project

October 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

In an update to an item that appeared in the last issue’s Ear to the Ground, the Army Corps of Engineers has just released their Public Notice on the Gateway Valley Project in Orinda and announced a public hearing on the issue for October 22, 2001. Now is the crucial time for supporters of the […]

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Save Mount Diablo’s 30th Anniversary

October 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

The 3,849 foot-high peak of Mount Diablo is a signature Bay Area landmark. Standing sentinel in eastern Contra Costa county overlooking the Bay Area to the west and the San Joaquin Valley to the east, the mountain’s summit became one of California’s first state parks, in 1921. Today, Mount Diablo is home to over 650 […]

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Multimedia Bay Exhibit

October 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

If you want to learn more about the Bay and “visit” some of the sites that are generally inaccessible to the public, the multi-media exhibition “Back to the Bay: An Exploration of the Marginal Zones of the San Francisco Bay” at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts may be for you. Prepared by the Center […]

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Mushrooms and the Fungus Fair

October 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

Most of us know mushrooms as culinary delicacies, but fungi have been used for everything from making paper and dyes to producing drugs—not to mention their life-giving mycorrhizal association with lichen and plants and their role as decomposers that break down nitrogen and add it to the soil. If you want to learn more—such as […]

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San Francisco Natural History Series

October 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

To learn more about local nature and meet the people who study, conserve and advocate on its behalf, don’t miss the monthly programs presented by the San Francisco Natural History Series. Co-sponsored by the city’s Recreation and Parks Department, the series offers free, public presentations by prominent scientists, photographers, and other naturalists on the fourth […]

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Sudden Oak Death Update

October 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

A lot has happened in the battle against Sudden Oak Death (SOD) since Bay Nature reported on it in January. To date, the disease has been identified in black oak, coast live oak, tanbark oak, and Shreve oak trees in Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma Counties and, most recently, […]

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Tule Elk Rutting

October 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

October is the final month of tule elk rutting season, when the males fight it out for dominance and the right to mate with the females of the herd. Our local elk are the smallest subspecies of the “wapiti,” or North American elk, with the bulls weighing in at 430 to 550 pounds. Bugling calls, […]

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How have humans influenced wild animal behavior?

October 01, 2001 by Michael Ellis

Most of the world’s 5,000 or so species of mammals are already nocturnal, so the effect of urbanization on their circadian activity is probably nil. Actually, even the nocturnal animals are mostly crepuscular in activity; that is, they have a burst of feeding, moving, and mating at the twilight times—dawn and dusk. I have noticed […]

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2001 by David Loeb

The browning and dropping of the leaves off California buckeyes in August is a sure sign that summer is waning. The arrival of the advance guard of southbound shorebirds along the coast is another good signal, a trickle that becomes a tidal wave by the official start of autumn in late September. I was out […]

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Resurvey of San Pablo Bay

October 01, 2001 by Robin Grossinger

1854: U.S. coast survey map by Josh Collins.; 1897: U.S. coast survey map courtesy CA State Lands Commission; 1996: NASA infrared photo. www.stillhere.org

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The Dream Given by You

October 01, 2001 by Jules Evens

The return of endangered coho salmon to their ancestral spawning grounds in this west Marin watershed is an essential component of the connective tissue that holds a fragmented ecosystem together. Greeting the salmon tethers us to the landscape’s seasonal rhythms and reawakens a lineage that goes back to the first inhabitants of this place.

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The Vale of Tesla

October 01, 2001 by Steve Edwards

Nestled in the hills southeast of Livermore, at the border between the San Joaquin Valley and the Bay Area, the old Tesla Mine townsite in Corral Hollow sustains a vibrant mix of inner south coast range plants and animals along with the traces of a rich human history. But a state proposal to create an off-road vehicle park in the hollow threatens to reopen old scars on this tranquil landscape.

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