Oct-Dec 2004

 

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South Bay Challenge

October 01, 2004 by Bay Nature

The ambitious effort to restore thousands of acres of salt marsh in the South Bay has been germinating for the past decade. Now it’s showtime.

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A Modest Majesty

October 01, 2004 by Chiori Santiago

Seventy-five years ago, there were only 900 acres of public parks in the East Bay. Today, the East Bay Regional Park District encompasses over 95,000 acres. From its humble beginnings in the Berkeley hills, the EBRPD has blossomed into the nation’s largest regional park district, making beaches, redwood forests, oak woodlands, tidal wetlands, and so much more, forever accessible to the people of the Bay Area.

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Ascending Franklin Ridge

October 01, 2004 by Sherida Bush

Nearly 200 years of cattle ranching on the Franklin Ridge has left its mark in human history, altered vegetation, and now, the preservation of a critical open space corridor with sweeping views of the North Bay, Delta, and interior East Bay.

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Book Review: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles

October 01, 2004 by Matthew Bettelheim

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles, by Jane Huber, Menasha Ridge Press, 2004, 260 pages, $15.95 (www.menasharidge.com).   Jane Huber offers a welcome guide to hikes within a 60-mile radius of the Bay Area’s bustling hub. Huber’s engaging writing neatly melds geology, botany, wildlife, and regional history into a comprehensive natural history of each trail. Of […]

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Book Review: Introduction to California Spring Wildflowers and Introduction to Shore Wildflowers

October 01, 2004 by Sue Rosenthal

Introduction to California Spring Wildflowers of the Foothills, Valleys, and Coast, Revised Edition, by Philip A. Munz, edited by Dianne Lake and Phyllis M. Faber, University of California Press, 2004, 302 pages, $16.95 (www.ucpress.edu) Introduction to Shore Wildflowers of California, Oregon, and Washington, Revised Edition, by Philip A. Munz, edited by Dianne Lake and Phyllis […]

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Book Review: Hidden Treasures of San Francisco Bay

October 01, 2004 by Kristen Van Dam

Hidden Treasures of San Francisco Bay, photographs by Dennis E. Anderson, text by Jerry George, Blue Water Pictures/Heyday Books, 2003, 192 pages, $29.95 (www.heydaybooks.com).   “Such room of sea! Such room of sky! Such room to draw a soul-full breath!” Joaquin Miller’s ode to San Francisco Bay, the opening line to Hidden Treasures, echoes in […]

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Book Review: Point Reyes: The Complete Guide to the National Seashore & Surrounding Area

October 01, 2004 by Tracy Held

Point Reyes: The Complete Guide to the National Seashore & Surrounding Area, by Jessica Lage, Wilderness Press, 2004, 250 pages, $15.95 (www.wildernesspress.com). Although visitors to the Point Reyes National Seashore can enjoy the landscape without any particular knowledge of the area, Jessica Lage’s book offers a rich introduction to the park’s various trails and nearby […]

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Book Review: Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide

October 01, 2004 by Matthew Bettelheim

Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide, by John Muir Laws, California Academy of Sciences/ Heyday Books, 2004, 64 pages, $9.95 (www.heydaybooks.com). Jack Laws, Bay Nature’s own “Naturalist’s Notebook” illustrator and a research and education associate with the California Academy of Sciences, debuts this year with the Sierra’s answer to the Sibley Guide to Birds. Birders and […]

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Book Review: The Best in Tent Camping, Northern California

October 01, 2004 by Kristen Van Dam

The Best in Tent Camping: A Guide for Car Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos: Northern California, by Hans and Jane Huber and Bill Mai, Menasha Ridge Press, 2004, 192 pages, $14.95 (www.menasharidge.com). Whether you’re an experienced camper or you need a guide to walk you through your first adventure, you […]

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Book Review: The Trees of San Francisco

October 01, 2004 by Sue Rosenthal

The Trees of San Francisco, by Mike Sullivan, Pomegranate Communications, 2004, 160 pages, $19.95 (www.pomegranate.com). This is not a book about the native trees of San Francisco. In fact, there are very few trees native to San Francisco, which was once covered mainly by sand dunes, grasslands, marshes, and coastal scrub. But the people who […]

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Book Review: Tom Stienstra’s Bay Area Recreation

October 01, 2004 by Matthew Bettelheim

Tom Stienstra’s Bay Area Recreation, by Tom Stienstra, Foghorn Outdoors, 2004, 498 pages, $19.95 (www.foghorn.com).   In introducing his newest guide-book, Tom Stienstra writes, “Like many people, at one time I believed there was no place left to go in the Bay Area . . . Like many others, I once thought there was no […]

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Book Review: Top Trails: San Francisco Bay Area

October 01, 2004 by Jessica Taekman

Top Trails: San Francisco Bay Area, by David Weintraub, Wilderness Press, 2004, 294 pages, $13.95 (www.wildernesspress.com). Bay Area day hikers, take note — and take a look at one of the first releases of Wilderness Press’s newest series of trail guides. In a region where hikers have hundreds of miles of diverse trails to choose […]

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California Condor Recovery and Releases at Pinnacles

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

Twenty years ago, we nearly lost the California condor. When only 22 were left in the world, an intensive and controversial captive-breeding program began. The last wild bird was captured in 1987. Wildlife biologists freed the first captive-bred birds in 1992, and since then over 180 young birds have been liberated by state and nonprofit […]

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Daylighting Codornices Creek

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

After six years of research and intense negotiations, the Berkeley-based Waterways Restoration Institute (WRI) and Urban Creeks Council (UCC) reached an agreement with local property owners and other stakeholders to break ground on a project that will daylight a 3,000-foot stretch of Codornices Creek along the border of Albany and Berkeley in the East Bay. […]

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Proposed Development of Gateway Valley

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

After a series of controversies spanning 16 years, environmentalists and developers have reached a deal to preserve the only north-south land bridge over Highway 24 — Gateway Valley, a critical wildlife corridor and link in a 20-mile swath of open space. Nestled between Sibley Volcanic and Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserves and the town of Orinda, […]

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Listing of the California Tiger Salamander

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

With the rainy season upon us, California tiger salamanders will soon emerge from the depths of squirrel and gopher burrows in grasslands and oak savannas to breed in freshwater ponds. The reclusive amphibians will travel over a mile in search of vernal pools, where rainwater fills depressions in impervious clay soils. But 95 percent of […]

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Proposed Development of the Marina Shores Village Towers

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

In Redwood City, near the mouth of Redwood Creek, developers received City Council approval to build 17 multiuse high-rises that would house 1,930 condos and 312,000 square feet of office and retail space. But a coalition of environmental and community groups charges that it was wrong for the city to rezone the bayshore property and […]

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Natural World Museum Exhibit: Anima Mundi

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

In its debut exhibit, the San Francisco-based nonprofit Natural World Museum (www.naturalworldmuseum.org) presents an exploration of ancient and contemporary environmental art. Called Anima Mundi, Latin for “Soul of the World,” the multimedia exhibition show-cases modern works by renowned wild-life painter Robert Batemen, Presidio images by nature photographer Vincent Versace, a “digital garden” featuring 30 ecological […]

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Wildlife Surveys at Bayview-Hunters Point

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

In one of the most environmentally degraded places on the eastern shore of San Francisco, you would not expect to see harbor seals, cormorants, numerous shorebirds, and snakes and lizards hiding in discarded debris. But after a year of gazing through binoculars, listening for songs, and spotting tracks and scat, youth in the Bayview-Hunters Point […]

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2004 by David Loeb

As I have worked these past months on the special report in this issue on the South Bay salt pond restoration project, I’ve become enormously impressed by the all-around good will, dedication, intelligence, and coordination that characterizes this ambitious, sprawling collaboration between scientists, public officials, environmentalists, business people, and the public at large. It all […]

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Man in the Mud

October 01, 2004 by Lisa Owens-Viani

Since immigrating to the United States from Norway in the 1950s, Hallvard Haugnes spent almost every day of his life moving mud around the South Bay salt ponds –all in an effort to keep the Bay waters out and salt in. Haugnes operated a clamshell dredge for Leslie Salt Company (later bought by Cargill), scooping […]

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A Tall Order

October 01, 2004 by Glen Martin

There are many factors to consider—from endangered species and sediment deficits to flood control and budget deficits—when you restore 16,500 acres of salt ponds.

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Bay Activist: Florence LaRiviere

October 01, 2004 by Kathleen M. Wong

When Florence LaRiviere heard last year that 16,000 acres of Cargill’s salt ponds had been acquired for restoration, the longtime Bay advocate rejoiced. “This work will start changing the land and the waters back to what they looked like a long time ago. It’s very, very heartwarming to me,” the 80-year-old great grandmother says. Her […]

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Invitation to a Restoration

October 01, 2004 by Susan Pultz Williams

Planners designing a strategy for one of the biggest wetlands recovery projects ever undertaken in this country—the South Bay salt pond restoration—want to hear what folks like you and your neighbors have to say about it. You may have ideas about how the project can achieve its goals of creating habitats for a rich diversity […]

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Refuge Volunteer: Eileen McLaughlin

October 01, 2004 by Kathleen M. Wong

The baylands’ swampy smells and power lines are distasteful to many. But to Eileen McLaughlin, Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge was unknown territory to be explored. This energetic woman started volunteering at the refuge in 1998, going out to closed areas of the refuge on airboats with biologists to help replant native species, and turning […]

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Scientist: Howard Shellhammer

October 01, 2004 by Kathleen M. Wong

Howard Shellhammer is known as the champion of a very rare mouse. A world expert on the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse, the former San Jose State biology professor has studied these diminutive rodents for over four decades, and spoken out often on their behalf. Defending the mouse “is a way to defend marshes,” Shellhammer […]

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Shrimper: Tom Laine

October 01, 2004 by Kathleen M. Wong

Tom Laine knew the salt ponds long before they were making salt. “I was born here in 1937, and I’ve been on the Bay since I was five,” the Alviso native says. “I know what the Bay is supposed to look like.” He remembers the stands of tules and marsh grasses that once screened his […]

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Still Hanging On

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

Nearly forgotten today, the native oysters of San Francisco Bay once formed large shallow-water reefs, providing critical habitat for other creatures and a major food source for Native Americans. Now, local scientists and Bay advocates are hoping to coax the remaining populations of this small mollusk back to health.

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