Dan joined Bay Nature in 2004. A onetime professional cabinetmaker, he considers himself a lifelong maker of things and teller of stories. Dan has been working at the intersection of journalism and technology since, at age 16, he began learning reporting, page layout, and database design. His enduring interest in environmental issues crystallized into a career path in 1998 when he assisted former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass in a cross-disciplinary nature writing and ecology course at UC Berkeley, from which Dan received a Masters in English literature. In 1999, he became Associate Editor of Terrain, the erstwhile quarterly magazine of Berkeley's Ecology Center. In addition to editing and art-directing Bay Nature magazine, he is also Bay Nature’s chief technology strategist, fixer of broken things, and designer of databases and fancy spreadsheets. And he has even been known to leave the office and actually hike outdoors.
Forests and Woodlands
This is a hike on a park that's open to the public as of Feb. 23, 2013. On a sunny day in winter, abundant soap plant hinted at great blooms to come, some Fremont star lilies were already making a good show, and western meadowlarks and bluebirds filled both grasslands and nearby oaks.
The route is a mix of oak woodland and open grasslands, which makes for great birding, and a bit of shade as well, though the park is likely quite hot in summer.
The trail is mostly old ranch road, along with a mowed trail that was a little hard to make out after winter rains had spurred the regrowth of lots of grasses.
You can read more about the park's opening and future plans at BayNature.org.