Oct-Dec 2007

 

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Blue Wilderness

October 01, 2007 by Bay Nature

Where in the Bay Area might you find both the smallest and the largest animals on the planet? In the

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After the Storm

October 01, 2007 by Jocelyn Combs

From the early 1980s until his death in 1992, Bob Walker took photos that captured the beauty of the East Bay’s wildlands, and his advocacy marshaled public support for protecting those landscapes, leading to the purchase of more than 30,000 acres for public open space. In fall 2007, a new book of Walker’s work gave us the opportunity to revisit the luminous landscape photography of this local conservation hero.

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Are native bees suffering the same colony collapse disorder as honeybees?

October 01, 2007 by Michael Ellis

Q: Are native bees suffering the same “colony collapse disorder” as honeybees? [Linda, San Ramon]
A: Colony collapse disorder, or

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At Home with the Packrats

October 01, 2007 by Alan Kaplan

What’s that pile of sticks over there? It could be the home of a dusky-footed woodrat. If you could see inside, you’d find a tidy little home complete with bedrooms, a pantry, and even a few latrines!

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Book Review: Birds of Napa County

October 01, 2007 by Jessica Taekman

Birds of Napa County, by Herman Heinzel, Heyday Books, 2006, 132 pages, $12.95
www.heydaybooks.com
The common image of Napa County

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Book Review: Califauna: A Literary Field Guide

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Califauna: A Literary Field Guide, edited by Terry Beers and Emily Elrod, Heyday Books, 2007, 293 pages, $21.95
www.heydaybooks.com
The

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Book Review: The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area

October 01, 2007 by Dan Rademacher

The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area, by Richard A. Walker, University of Washington

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Book Review: Designing California Native Gardens: The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens

October 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

Designing California Native Gardens: The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens, by Glenn Keator and Alrie Middlebrook, UC Press,

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Book Review: Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Regions

October 01, 2007 by Dan Rademacher

Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Regions, by Arthur M. Shapiro and Tim Manolis,

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Book Review: Field Guide to Plant Galls of California and other Western States

October 01, 2007 by David Carroll

Field Guide to Plant Galls of California and Other Western States, by Ron Russo, UC Press, 2007, 400 pages, $24.95

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Book Review: The Landscaping Ideas of Jays: A Natural History of the Backyard

October 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

The Landscaping Ideas of Jays: A Natural History of the Backyard Restoration Garden, by Judith Larner Lowry, UC Press, 2007,

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Book Review: Neptune’s Ark: From Ichthyosaurs to Orcas

October 01, 2007 by David Carroll

Neptune’s Ark: From Ichthyosaurs to Orcas, by David Rains Wallace, UC Press, 2007, 313 pages, $27.50
www.ucpress.edu
The thin continental

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Book Review: Wildflowers of Northern California’s Wine Country and North Coast Ranges

October 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

Wildflowers of Northern California’s Wine Country and North Coast Ranges, by Reny Parker, New Creek Ranch Press, 2007, 282 pages,

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Diving into Our Ocean Sanctuaries

October 01, 2007 by David Lukas

While living for a while on the Monterey Peninsula, I found myself drawn time and again from the cafes and shops of Pacific Grove down to the waters of Monterey Bay. Sometimes I would just sit on a bench and look for sea otters resting and feeding their pups in the undulating kelp beds. My time in Monterey was a small but privileged window into the wonderful diversity that makes the central coast of California one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world…

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Making Waves for a Healthy Ocean

October 01, 2007 by Marilyn Hope Smulyan

When I stand on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach and look west, it’s difficult for me to comprehend that we humans

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Marine Sanctuary Update

October 01, 2007 by Marilyn Hope Smulyan

In February 2007, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey reintroduced H.R. 1187, a bill to expand the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell

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Ocean Resources

October 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

I. LEARN MORE
A. OUR NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES
Encyclopedia of the SanctuariesOnline guide to over 100 marine species from each

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What Are Marine Protected Areas?

October 01, 2007 by Marilyn Hope Smulyan

MPAs are designated areas along and off the coast, within the three-mile limit of state waters, intended to protect critical

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Drakes Bay Oyster Farm

October 01, 2007 by Aleta George

In Schooner Bay, Drakes Bay Oyster Farm grows oysters and clams, producing 85 percent of the shellfish raised in Marin

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Elfin Butterfly

October 01, 2007 by Aleta George

To us, the San Bruno elfin butterfly, with its one-inch wingspan, seems small, but to the ants that protected it

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Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project

October 01, 2007 by Aleta George

Forty miles northwest of San Francisco, the San Andreas Fault slips into the Pacific Ocean, creating Tomales Bay, the outlet

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Mercury Clean-Up in San Francisco Bay

October 01, 2007 by Aleta George

In July, the State Water Resources Control Board approved a plan to clean up mercury in San Francisco Bay, fulfilling

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North Richmond Shoreline Academy

October 01, 2007 by Aleta George

San Francisco Bay is also home to eelgrass beds, two-thirds of them in the shallow waters off the North Richmond

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2007 by David Loeb

Between handing out crackers to those passengers still holding on and towelettes to those who had just succumbed, the cheerful

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Los Farallones

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

The eggers of the Farallon Islands

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Out on a Limb with Mistletoe

October 01, 2007 by David Lukas

Most people know to watch out for mistletoe at holiday parties, but there’s a lot more to this plant than that one-note holiday refrain.

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Presumed Extinct

October 01, 2007 by Matthew Bettelheim

Mention extinct species, and most people think of long-gone mastodons and saber-toothed tigers. But we know that some Bay Area species have disappeared in just the last 200 years. Or have they? Prompted by rediscoveries of lost species in Solano and Contra Costa counties, we decided to see what other missing flora and fauna might still be out there, awaiting a patient observer.

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The Checkerspot Comes Home

October 01, 2007 by Carolyn J. Strange

Contrary to common notions of autumn as a season of dying back, our fall rains often herald new beginnings. That’s

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The Key to Willow Creek

October 01, 2007 by Gina Covina

Thanks to the efforts of dozens of volunteers, a biologically rich watershed on the Russian River has become one of the newest additions to our state park system.

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