Oct-Dec 2005

 

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A Shore Thing

October 01, 2007 by Lisa Owens-Viani

The East Bay shoreline is strung like a necklace with more than a dozen parks, from the bluffs of Point Pinole near Richmond to the sandy beach and shallow waters of Alameda’s Crown Beach to the salt marshes near Coyote Hills. The place where water meets land is a magnet for life of many kinds, and these parks are no exception: recreational destination for joggers, swimmers, and windsurfers; home for leopard sharks, bat rays, and crabs; wintertime smorgasbord for thousands of shorebirds. Turn back the clock a few decades, and you would have found garbage dumps or dynamite factories here. Skip back a few more decades, and you would find thriving aquatic ecosystems. You can still see traces of all of this and more at the shoreline parks of the East Bay Regional Park District.

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Book Review: California Native Plants for the Garden

October 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

 

Ask anyone who gardens with California natives to name a good, comprehensive book on that subject and you’ll always

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Book Review: California’s Wild Gardens

October 01, 2007 by Novella Carpenter

California’s Wild Gardens: A Guide to Favorite Botanical Sites, edited by Phyllis M. Faber, University of California Press, 2005, 248

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Book Review: Firescaping

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Firescaping: Creating Fire-Resistant Landscapes, Gardens, and Properties in California’s Diverse Environments, by Douglas Kent, Wilderness Press, 2005, 149 pages, $18.95

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Book Review: Introduction to California Birdlife

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Introduction to California Birdlife, by Jules Evens and Ian Tait, University of California Press, 2005, 382 pages, $16.95 paperback, $45.00

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Book Review: Lagunitas Creek

October 01, 2007 by Adrienne So

Lagunitas Creek: Hope in Restoration, photographs by Todd Pickering, text by Gregory Andrews, poetry by Albert Flynn DeSilver and Lagunitas

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Book Review: Peninsula Tales and Trails

October 01, 2007 by Kristen Van Dam

Peninsula Tales and Trails, by David Weintraub, Graphics Arts Books, 2004, 384 pages, $19.95

By any standard, Peninsula Tales and

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Book Review: Raptors of California

October 01, 2007 by Jessica Taekman

Raptors of California, by Hans and Pam Peeters, University of California Press, 2005, 305 pages, $17.95

Here in California, we

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Book Review: Stairway Walks in San Francisco

October 01, 2007 by Kevin Cutler

Stairway Walks in San Francisco, by Adah Bakalinsky, Wilderness Press, 2004, 212 pages, $14.95

“A good walk is an organism

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Book Review: Tending the Wild

October 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources, by M. Kat Anderson, University of California

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Caching In

October 01, 2007 by Judith Larner Lowry

Think of the western scrub jay: screeching, assertive, a bully and glutton at backyard bird feeders. But also, as Judith Larner Lowry has noticed in her West Marin yard, caching acorns, bay nuts, and other seeds, many more than the birds could ever hope to recover. Given that these seeds can’t move uphill on their own, we owe our oak-studded hillsides in part to the forethought, and forgetfulness, of this very familiar bird. Lowry’s advice? Sit back and let a few of our local jays’ missed meals take root.

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Artificial Reefs for Oysters

October 01, 2007 by Aleta George

In our October-December 2004 issue, Bay Nature reported on efforts to restore once-thriving Bay populations of the West Coast oyster,

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Bay Area Ridge Trail

October 01, 2007 by Aleta George

The Bay Area is home to several regional trails, from the Bay Trail near the water’s edge up to the

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Bay Trail Birding, Surf Scoter Decline

October 01, 2007 by Aleta George

Winter is high time for birding on the Bay, and now the San Francisco Bay Trail has become the area’s

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Grunion

October 01, 2007 by Aleta George

Most summers, cold northerly winds off the Pacific Coast drive warm surface waters away from the shoreline and churn up

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Mary Bowerman Memorial

October 01, 2007 by Aleta George

In 1930, UC Berkeley botany student Mary Bowerman accepted a professor’s assignment to identify all the flowers on Mount Diablo.

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Napa Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area Restoration

October 01, 2007 by Aleta George

At the northern edge of San Pablo Bay, a salt marsh harvest mouse hides beneath the protective cover of a

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Finding the Stash

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

From the snowdrifts of Siberia to the labs of UC Davis, assistant research professor Vladimir Pravosudov has studied the food-caching

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2007 by David Loeb

As we enter the last weeks of the dry season and await the return of the rains that will put

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New Life For The Laguna

October 01, 2005 by Gina Covina

Thirty years ago, few people gave a second thought to the Laguna de Santa Rosa, the North Coast’s largest freshwater wetland. The once-teeming marshland had become a dumping ground. But things are changing, and this complex waterway is finally beginning to recover some of its former glory.

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