Oct-Dec 2008

 

Issue Content

Book Review: Breeding Bird Atlas of Santa Clara County, California

October 01, 2008 by Matthew Bettelheim

by William G. Bousman, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, 2007, 547 pages, $40.00. Available at www.scvas.org.
Part natural/regional history guide,

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Book Review: California’s Fading Wildflowers

October 01, 2008 by Cathleen Caffrey

by Richard A Minnich, University of California Press, 2008, 344 pages, $49.95.
This scholarly book by a UC professor of

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Book Review: Introduction to Fire in California

October 01, 2008 by Laura Hautala

by David Carle, UC Press, 2008, 236 pages, $18.95
This year’s record fire season made it undeniable: Fire is a

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Book Review: Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula

November 13, 2008 by Cathleen Caffrey

by Jules G. Evens. University of California Press, 2008, 384 pages, $24.95.
This is a wonderful book for getting an

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Book Review: The Natural History of the UC Santa Cruz Campus (Second Edition)

November 14, 2008 by David Carroll

The Natural History of the UC Santa Cruz Campus (Second Edition), edited by Tonya M. Haff, Martha T. Brown, and

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Book Review: Nature’s Beloved Son

October 01, 2008 by Sue Rosenthal

by Bonnie J. Gisel with images by Stephen J. Joseph, Heyday Books, November 2008, 256 pages, $45.00
John Muir is

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Book Review: Ranches and Rolling Hills

October 01, 2008 by Sue Rosenthal

Ranches & Rolling Hills: Art of West Marin–A Land in Trust, by Elisabeth Ptak and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust,

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Book Review: Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider

October 01, 2008 by Dawn Chesbro

by Margaret Dubin and Sara-Larus Tolley, Heyday Books, 2008, 144 pages, $21.95
Less a cookbook than a cultural anthropological study,

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Two Napa Trail Guides

October 01, 2008 by Ann Sieck

Go looking for a hiking guide to the Napa area, and you’re immediately faced with the choice between two books

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Book Review: Watching Giants

October 01, 2008 by Jessica Taekman

by Elin Kelsey, UC Press, December 2008, 304 pages, $24.95
Long-lived, slow to reproduce, and often hidden beneath ocean waves,

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Catch Some Wild Zzz’s

October 01, 2008 by Mike Koslosky

Animals have to sleep too! But sometimes they do it a bit differently than we do.

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Bay Area Environment on the November Ballot

October 01, 2008 by Aleta George

You can also support our open spaces and natural resources when you vote this November. Residents in Alameda and Contra

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License Plates to Support Bay Area Open Space

October 01, 2008 by Aleta George

Now there’s a new way to support wildlife habitat, farmland, and public recreation in the Bay Area. The Nature Within

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MALT’s Dolcini Ranch Purchase

October 01, 2008 by Aleta George

In West Marin, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) has purchased an agricultural conservation easement on the 585-acre Dolcini Ranch,

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Mindego Ranch Hikes

October 01, 2008 by Aleta George

On the Ridge Trail at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve near La Honda, face east and you can see from

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Point Reyes Mycoblitz

October 01, 2008 by Aleta George

Scientists and fire ecologists will be studying the cause and effects of these fires for years, and that includes taking

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Wildfire in California

October 01, 2008 by Aleta George

On the first day of summer, a thunderstorm crackled across much of California. Eight thousand lightning strikes ignited over 2,000

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Fall of the Buckeye Ball

October 01, 2008 by Joe Eaton

The dramatic fall silhouette of the California buckeye shows off its giant seeds, that largest of any of our native plants.

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Give Me Shelter

October 01, 2008 by David Wimpfheimer

Harbor seals, migrating seabirds, and other wildlife find shelter in the productive waters of Drakes Estero at Point Reyes.

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2008 by David Loeb

Springtime certainly has its charms–the hills turn green, wildflowers emerge, the days get longer. And summer is the traditional time

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Raising Bair Island

October 01, 2008 by Carolyn J. Strange

Redwood City’s Bair Island is the domino that that didn’t fall to development, and now an unusual team of activists, business leaders, and government officials is leading the way toward restoration.

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Rash Ideas

October 01, 2008 by John Muir Laws

Get a few ideas about poison oak!

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Reaping the Harvest

October 01, 2008 by Joan Hamilton

It’s easy to forget how much of the Bay Area was once a working landscape. Row crops, orchards, and pastures held sway in places now covered by freeways and houses. But a surprising amount of that working land endures in our parks and preserves. In the East Bay, ranchers still run cattle on thousands of acres of land, both public and private. And in a few places, thanks to the East Bay Regional Park District, kids and adults can learn firsthand about skills people once took for granted: how to plant a seed, plow a field, grind grain into flour, or spin wool into yarn.

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The Paranoid Jay

October 01, 2008 by Michael Ellis

Why is this bird attacking my windows?

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Walking the Line

October 01, 2008 by Horst Rademacher

It was 140 years ago, in October 1868, that the Hayward Fault unleashed the magnitude 6.8 temblor that put the fault on the map. The quake shook the entire region and virtually leveled the then-small hamlets of Hayward and San Leandro. Now, the land along the fault line is among the most densely populated in the region, a sobering situation given the likelihood of a repeat performance in the near future. But despite their destructive potential, the Hayward and the Bay Area’s other faults are the driving force behind our region’s varied and beautiful topography. Understanding how they work is key both to understanding our local landscapes and to preparing for the next Big One.

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