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

by on December 11, 2012

Detail from January-March 2013 cover
A yellow-eyed ensatina salamander featured on our forthcoming cover. Photo by Sebastian Kennerknecht, pumapix.com.

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, parsonsillustration.com.

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!

You can still subscribe to get this issue, or buy gift subscriptions for our lowest prices of the year — just $15 each for two or more.

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