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A Happy Return for Bird’s Beak

April 01, 2011 by Erica Reder

It’s always nice to see plants and wildlife return to a restored site. But it’s especially nice when a plant that’s both rare and finicky shows up in a spot miles away from the nearest remaining population. That’s what happened when Point Reyes bird’s beak appeared at LaRiviere Marsh near Newark.

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SF Bay in Goods Hands (Thousands of Them)

April 01, 2011 by Aleta George

In December 2010, Kay Kerr died at 99 years old. Kerr, along with Sylvia McLaughlin and Esther Gulick, founded the Save San Francisco Bay Association. Now, Save the Bay is turning 50 and turning out as many volunteers as ever. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory marks 30 years of its critical work banding and studying birds.

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“Wetlands Need All the Help They Can Get!”

October 29, 2010 by Ingrid Hawkinson

In 1992, Amy Hutzel started as an intern at the nature center in Alviso, in the South Bay. Since then, she's been involved in the biggest wetlands restorations on the West Coast, and she shares her tips on the best places to see restoration in action, all over the Bay.

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Cattails: A Wetlands Supermarket

October 01, 2009 by Aleta George

Cattails are hard to miss, yet often dismissed. Whether in solitary clumps in a ditch or spread out in marshy fields, the burnt umber rockets hovering above dark-green blades add texture and familiarity to the landscape. They also turn out to be quite useful, with pollen that can be used as flour and roots that might help wetlands cope with sea level rise.

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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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Saving San Francisco Bay

June 17, 2008 by Rick Bacigalupi

From the state of California’s infancy, our relationship to SanFrancisco Bay, the most urbanized estuary in the United States, has ...

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Shifting Sands

April 01, 2008 by Jules Evens

At the mouth of Tomales Bay, sand dunes and seasonal wetlands coexist uneasily with California's largest coastal campground. The dunes at Lawson's Landing, home to rare butterflies and plants like the dune tansy, are among the few left of a once-common coastal habitat that could be restored and maintained as a healthy, functioning ecosystem. But can that be accomplished without driving out the family-run camping operation at the dunes that, since 1957, has been an affordable summer getaway for thousands of visitors?

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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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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2004 by David Loeb

As I have worked these past months on the special report in this issue on the South Bay salt pond ...

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Invitation to a Restoration

October 01, 2004 by Susan Pultz Williams

Planners designing a strategy for one of the biggest wetlands recovery projects ever undertaken in this country—the South Bay salt ...

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