Salamanders, sandpipers, sediment, and more, coming in our January issue

December 11, 2012

Coming up 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. Tiny slender salamanders in your garden, toxic newts in a nearby park, Pacific giant salamanders deep in a redwood forest: it turns out that we live in the land of the salamander!

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. This stretch of shoreline is now a great place for anyone to get introduced to the Delta, such an ecologically rich ecosystem that’s also in the crosshairs of major political debates in which we all have a stake. To get at the diversity of wildlife here, we hired illustrator Logan Parsons to create a montage of the view from the fishing pier there. Now that’s a wild spot!

Big Break wildlife
From beavers and muskrats to ospreys and herons, Big Break is valuable habitat for all kinds of wildlife. Illustration by Logan Parsons,

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!

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About the Author

Dan was editor of Bay Nature from 2004 until 2013, when he left to work for SF-based Stamen Design. He is now executive director of GreenInfo Network, a nonprofit mapmaking organization. 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 was also Bay Nature’s chief technology strategist, fixer of broken things, and designer of databases and fancy spreadsheets. And he was even known to leave the office and actually hike outdoors.