Oct-Dec 2006

 

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Accessible Outdoors

October 01, 2006 by Bay Nature

Losing your eyesight or the use of your legs doesn’t mean you lose your desire, or ability, to explore the

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Bay Area Resources for Accessible Outdoors

October 01, 2006 by Jessica Taekman

Universal access to nature and recreational activities is a work in progress, and opportunities, though currently somewhat limited, are expanding.

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Birding Blind

October 01, 2006 by Aerial Gilbert

When I was growing up in Tiburon, my grandparents lived only a couple miles away and were a big part

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Got Wheels?

October 01, 2006 by Ann Sieck

Purisima Creek Preserve
The shaded understory at uncrowded Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve on the Peninsula is a delicious place to

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Low Vision, High Adventure

October 01, 2006 by Chiori Santiago

As a sighted person, I take in most of my information about the world through my eyes. So I’m wondering

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On a Roll

October 01, 2006 by Ann Sieck

I was a backpacker from early childhood, and by my 20s thought myself a rugged adventurer, self-sufficient and in close

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Opening the Door to Nature for People with Disabilities

October 01, 2006 by Bonnie Lewkowicz

Losing your eyesight or the use of your legs doesn’t mean you lose your desire, or ability, to explore the natural world. Until recently, opportunities for people with disabilities to do so were few and far between. Fortunately, local activists have been knocking down these barriers, creating more opportunities for access, such as kayaking on the Bay, hiking in the hills, and cycling along the shore.

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Book Review: Breaking Through: Essays, Journals and Travelogues of Edward F. Ricketts

October 01, 2006 by Jessica Taekman

Breaking Through: Essays, Journals and Travelogues of Edward F. Ricketts, Katherine A. Rodger (ed.), UC Press, 2006, 348 pages, $39.95

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Book Review: California’s Frontier Naturalists

October 01, 2006 by Matthew Bettelheim

California’s Frontier Naturalists, by Richard G. Beidleman, UC Press, 2006, 484 pages, $39.95
www.ucpress.edu
If you’ve ever taken a moment

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Book Review: Exploring a Sense of Place

October 01, 2006 by Matthew Bettelheim

Exploring a Sense of Place: How to Create Your Own Local Program for Reconnecting with Nature, by Karen Harwell and

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Book Review: Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region

October 01, 2006 by Sue Rosenthal

Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region, by Doris Sloan, UC Press, 2006, 360 pages, $17.95
www.ucpress.edu
“The world-famous Bay

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Book Review: Legacy: Portraits of 50 Bay Area Environmental Elders

October 01, 2006 by Heather Kinsman

Legacy: Portraits of 50 Bay Area Environmental Elders, photographs by Nancy Kittle, text by John Hart, Sierra Club Books, 2006,

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Book Review: Native Treasures: Gardening with the Plants of California

October 01, 2006 by Sue Rosenthal

Native Treasures: Gardening with the Plants of California, by M. Nevin Smith, UC Press, 2006, 288 pages, $24.95
www.ucpress.edu
It’s

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Book Review: New Guardians for the Golden Gate

October 01, 2006 by Scarth Locke

New Guardians for the Golden Gate: How America Got a Great National Park, by Amy Meyer with Randolph Delehanty, UC

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Book Review: The Islands of San Francisco Bay

October 01, 2006 by Dan Rademacher

The Islands of San Francisco Bay, edited by James A. Martin and Michael T. Lee, Down Window Press, 2006, 200

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Book Review: Waterfall Lover’s Guide (Northern California)

October 01, 2006 by Janet Binaski

Waterfall Lover’s Guide (Northern California), by Matt & Krissi Danielsson, The Mountaineers Books, 2006, 256 pages, $16.95
www.mountaineersbooks.org
I never

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Book Review: Wave-Swept Shore: The Rigors of Life on a Rocky Coast

October 01, 2006 by Dan Rademacher

Wave-Swept Shore: The Rigors of Life on a Rocky Coast, text by Mimi Koehl, Photographs by Anne Wertheim Rosenfeld, UC

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Carquinez Breakthrough

September 30, 2006 by Kathleen Wong

The open hills along the Carquinez Strait are home to working ranches and open space preserves that are meeting places for native species from both the coast and the Central Valley. Today’s quiet pastoral landscape makes it hard to envision the violent formative flood that may have cut this critical waterway between the Bay and the Central Valley some half a million years ago.

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Ballot Initiatives for Open Space

October 01, 2006 by Aleta George

Not so very long ago, two counties on opposite corners of the Bay competed to grow the best stone fruits

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Christmas Bird Count

October 01, 2006 by Aleta George

Rain or shine, Bay Area birders participate in their own Christmas tradition when they grab a pair of binoculars and

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Delisting of the Brown Pelican

October 01, 2006 by Aleta George

While you’re heading to the polls this November, California brown pelicans will be returning to breeding grounds that range from

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The Invasive Yellow Star Thistle

October 01, 2006 by Aleta George

When yellow star thistle hitched a ride to California on alfalfa seed in the mid-1800s, it found fertile soil, a

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Falling for Spiders and Termites

October 01, 2006 by Mike Koslosky

Things begin rumbling about now. Storm clouds pile up along the outer Coast Ranges, the winds shift and come out of the south, days get shorter, and the air gets colder. We all know what’s coming: the rainy season. Termites and spiders know it too, and they’re getting busy.

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The Golden-Crown’s Winter Song

October 01, 2006 by Allen Fish

Listen for the winter song of the golden-crowned sparrow.

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What is the largest species of fish you could find in San Francisco Bay?

October 01, 2006 by Michael Ellis

Q: What is the largest species of fish you could find in San Francisco Bay?
A: Let’s limit ourselves to

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When was the last volcanic eruption in the Bay Area? Where was it?

October 01, 2006 by Michael Ellis

You can easily visit the 10-million-year-old Sibley Volcano (see Voice of the Volcano, April-June 2005) in the hills above Oakland.

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2006 by David Loeb

When I was three years old, I lost sight in my left eye in a freak accident while playing with

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Recalling the Wild

October 01, 2006 by Gregory Hayes

Walk a few miles in Jack London’s boots to see the landscape he declared more beautiful than any he’d seen in all his travels.

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Sleuthing Sudden Oak Death

October 01, 2006 by Cindy Spring

By the time that sudden oak death (SOD) began hitting North Bay oaks and tanoaks in the mid-1990s, Ted Swiecki

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Unearthing Mountain Lake

October 01, 2006 by Sarah Sweedler

In 2001, bulldozers excavated two immense old army water tanks that long sat at the edge of Mountain Lake, a

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Watch Your Step

October 01, 2006 by Frederique Lavoipierre

Since 2000, sudden oak death has spread through 14 California counties, including all nine in the Bay Area, threatening our signature oak woodlands. Though rain, wind, and fog have caused much of that spread, some of the blame likely lies with those of us who venture into the woods for business or pleasure: The disease can move on infected plants and firewood, and on the muddy shoes and bicycle tires of recreational trail users.

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