Oct-Dec 2012

Our cover story brings you the goods on the wild world of mushrooms. Plus we have features about the vanishing coho of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the 40th anniversary of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space district, Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, and more. Cover photo by Ron Wolf.

 

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Planet Fungi

September 27, 2012 by Joe Eaton

It may be safely said that there are two kinds of people: those who notice mushrooms and those who don’t.

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Long May They Run

September 27, 2012 by Michael Carl

Fisherman Michael Carl set out over the course of three seasons in search of the vanishing coho salmon of his home waters in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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From the Redwoods to the Sea at Purisima Open Space Preserve

September 27, 2012 by Lisa M. Krieger

For over 130 years, Lobitos Ridge has been climbed only by cattle.
So when we push open a stiff gate

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Climate Chronicles: A Sea Change for Seabirds on the Farallon Islands

October 04, 2012 by Glen Martin

You’ll likely smell them before you see them: A rich ammoniac scent engulfs our boat, and then they loom out

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Mapping the future of the coast

October 04, 2012 by David Loeb

Most of the people in the world–and most of their infrastructure–can be found in jurisdictions bordering the coast or coastal

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Right On Course with John Wade, Farallon Islands Patrol Skipper

October 04, 2012 by Daniel McGlynn

John Wade is one of about 20 skippers who make up the Farallon Patrol for PRBO Conservation Science. Skippers offer

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Volunteers Stick to it at Suisun Marsh

October 12, 2012 by Aleta George

On a 21-foot aluminum boat floating in Suisun Marsh, Amanda Schwabe heaves up the otter trawl as Cesar Morales coils

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The Clarion Call of the Red-shouldered Hawk

October 16, 2012 by Allen Fish

Bird nesting, anybody will tell you, is a spring and summer event. And it makes sense that many birds nest

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Stilt vs. Avocet

October 16, 2012 by John Muir Laws

Jack Laws lays it out on two of our most charismatic shorebirds: the black-necked stilt and the American avocet. Check

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Fight for Daly City Dunes

October 26, 2012 by Aleta George

Remnant dunes in Daly City hint at the long-lost sands of San Francisco. And the folks at San Bruno Mountain Watch would like to keep it that way, despite proposals to build houses here.

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Deciding the Fate of Searsville Dam

November 07, 2012 by Aleta George

San Franciscans voted in a landslide against an effort to study the removal of Hetch Hetchy. A few dozen miles south, at Stanford, another campaign aims to remove the much smaller Searsville Dam, which blocks steelhead spawning while also creating wetland habitat.

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Bob Berner, Protecting Marin Farms for 28 Years

November 13, 2012 by Aleta George

Bob Berner, the founding director of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, is retiring at the end of 2012, but not before protecting fully half of West Marin’s farmland.

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Will this year’s good ocean conditions last?

November 15, 2012 by Aleta George

The first thing we heard was the exhalation of the animal,” says marine ecologist Kirsten Lindquist about the blue whale

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