Bay Nature Magazine
Bay Nature magazine is published quarterly in full color. We post most of the contents of each issue online over the course of each quarter. To get it all delivered to you at the beginning of each quarter:
Our spring 2013 issue journeys to Clear Lake, where a growing network of trails on land and water makes the region a great destination for birders, kayakers, and hikers. The spring issue also features different ways to experience nature: First we meet the “acoustic ecologists” who love to hear, record, and preserve the natural soundscapes of places like Muir Woods. Then we head out with East Bay naturalists to learn how to read wildlife tracks and signs. Our climate change series highlights the California Phenology Project, a program to chart the timing of plant blooms and other cycles already shifting due to climate change. There’s much more in the Apri-June issue, so check it out!
Cover photo: Clark’s grebe at Clear Lake, by Steve Zamek, featherlightphoto.com.
In our January 2013 issue, noted author (and one of our favorites!) David Rains Wallace surveys our region’s remarkable diversity of salamanders and newts. Then we head east to Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley, where this fall the East Bay Regional Park District opened its first completely new visitor center in more than 30 years. We’ve also got stories about the King-Swett Ranches of Solano County, the littlest sandpipers along our shores, the important role of sediment — yes, lowly mud — in maintaining and restoring marshland habitats around the Bay in the face of sea-level rise. And more!
Cover: Yellow-eyed ensatina, by Sebastian Kennerknecht, pumapix.com.
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.
Our summer issue, our longest ever, includes a special section celebrating the 50th anniversary of Point Reyes National Seashore. In it, some of our favorite writers share intimate portraits of the signature habitats of this signature park. Also featured in this issue are the Napa River’s ecological history, Sonoma’s new Bohemia Preserve, and the prescribed-burn approach to fire management in an East Bay Regional Park. Other stories focus on cuckoo wasps, nature geometry for kids, a beach plastic monitoring program, and more. Cover photo by Todd Pickering, toddpickering.com.
Our spring issue brings you the latest on the movement to save state parks, asks tough questions about wild food foraging, showcases the unusual Santa Cruz Sandhills, and more. For our state parks special, reporter Joan Hamilton talked to regular people mobilizing in advance of the July 2012 deadline to close 60+ state parks. Jonah Raskin headed out with local foragers to both savor mushrooms and ponder the ethics of same. We also help you spot dinosaurs in your backyard, adorable stingrays in the bay, and more. Order your copy today! Cover photo: Joshua Yospyn, yospyn.com.
In this issue, you’ll find out how volunteers are helping save state parks, from Jack London to Henry Coe. You can take a trip through the new fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel for a once-in-a-lifetime view of East Bay geology. Then head over to Hidden Villa for lessons in farming, education, and social justice. And more! Cover photo: Jeff Swanson, interfacingnature.com.
Our fall 2011 issue includes a landmark foldout map of Bay Area Food Landscapes, along with features about volunteer hawk trackers, a citizen-run park in Napa, major habitat plans in the East Bay, stargazing with kids, and more! Cover photo by Ralf Burgert.
In this issue, learn why medium-size predators like raccoons and skunks are thriving right under our noses. And why harbor porpoises are coming back to the Bay, making the Golden Gate Bridge a great wildlife watching spot. And there’s never been a better time to get out on San Francisco Bay, where the new Bay Water Trail that’s taking shape all over the region. Plus find out what’s living in your favorite beach and how turret spiders can tell us about the ancient past. Cover photo by Bruce Finocchio, dreamcatcherimages.net.
We bring you news of a landmark conservation plan for the Bay Area, plus explorations of Bolinas Lagoon, butterflies in the East Bay, and the spring wildflowers (and otherwordly critters) at Jepson Prairie in Solano County. Cover photo by John W. Wall, jwallphoto.blogspot.com.
This very special tenth-anniversary issue features original work from many of our favorite authors, including Robert Hass, Rebecca Solnit, Greg Sarris, Jon Carroll, Wendy Tokuda, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, and others. We bring you winning photos from our People in Nature photo contest and interview Harold Gilliam, Bay Nature award winner and dean of local environmental journalism. Cover illustration by Kathleen Lipinsky, emerylipinski.com.