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:
This issue features the inhabitants of the fascinating subtidal ecosystem under the surface of the Bay, the feral pigs and wild turkeys that are multiplying and invading our terrestrial wildlands, the raucous and wily gulls that have learned to live in both our wild areas and our garbage dumps, and the diversity of life—from condors to wildflowers—that flourishes in the ancient volcanic landscape at Pinnacles National Monument. Cover photo by William Dreskin, dreskinfineart.com.
Our summer 2010 issue encompasses the long-lasting–rocks of the East Bay hills and geology of Salt Point State Park–and the ephemeral–MaryAnn Nardo’s stunning paintings of delicate local butterflies—as well as efforts to protect and restore habitat for rare species on East Bay Regional Park District lands, conditions that create our welcome summer afternoon breezes around the Bay, and the amazing communication that happens within the colony of ants that’s crashing your picnic. Cover illustration by MaryAnn Nardo.
In this issue, we introduce you to the secretive mountain lions that live in the Bay Area, to the past and present ecology of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and some of the possibilities for its future, to western pond turtles (the only native turtles on the Pacific Coast of North America), to the ruggedly beautiful Palisades of Napa County, and to an extinct plant that was rediscovered living alongside a busy San Francisco freeway. Cover image by John Grow/Cheryl Gray-SLP Photography, slpstudios.com, for Felidae Conservation Fund.
Our winter 2010 issue looks beyond the media hype and into the long-range migrations of great white sharks, examines the Concord Naval Weapons Station’s wildlife and landscape as well as its development and preservation possibilities, looks at an artist’s vision of educating San Franciscans about local endangered species while promoting public transit, explores the unusual rock formations and abundant plant and animal life of Castle Rock State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and elucidates the awesome phenomenon of huge wintertime aggregations (rafts) of ducks in San Francisco and Tomales bays. Cover photo by Jason Bradley/Green Stock Media, greenstockmedia.com.
This issue looks forward to future challenges facing the East Bay Regional Park District at its 75th anniversary. We also celebrate the phenomenally successful restoration of Giacomini Wetland at the southern end of Tomales Bay and explore the effects of fire on the landscape—in the huge 2008 Basin Complex Fire in the Ventana Wilderness, the 2007 Lick Fire at Henry Coe State Park, and the 2008 San Bruno Mountain fire. Cover photo by Jerry Ting.
Our summer 2009 issue features some of our area’s lesser-known habitats and creatures. From the vantage points of kite-mounted cameras and field microscopes, two researchers study and record beautiful images of the diversity of life in a ditch at the South Bay salt ponds. In this issue we also discover by kayak the less-visited middle reach of the Russian River and learn some of the secrets of bats, tarweeds, and the tiny gall wasps that inhabit the ecosystem created by an oak tree. Cover image by Stephen Joseph, stephenjosephphoto.com.
In this issue, our updated Transit to Trails map offers many options for getting out into nature via public transit. You can also learn about the numerous Bay Area species of native bees, the history and habitat of Brooks Island, and the community effort that has protected and restored Mori Point. Or peruse the beautiful woodcut prints and text in an excerpt from Gary Snyder’s and Tom Killion’s new collaborative book, Tamalpais Walking. Cover photo by Rollin Coville.