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California’s Drought, As Measured From the Sky

January 22, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

Up until recently, there were limited and fairly antiquated options on how to measure California's snowpack.

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Preserving Agriculture, Restoring a Watershed, and Getting Help from the Locals To Do It

January 16, 2015 by Carmen Taylor

On farmland near the Pajaro River, Point Blue, The Nature Conservancy, and a busload of school kids marry an idea about landscape restoration with an idea about the way the people who live, work, and play on that land can – and should -- be part of restoring it.

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Fishing the Rip, Part 2

January 08, 2015 by Beth Slatkin

Jack Harrison, 26, is a wilderness and fly-fishing guide and the lead survival instructor at Adventure Out outdoor school based ...

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Bay Buffet: The Spawn of the Pacific Herring

January 08, 2015 by Eric Simons

The pulses in this silver fish wave, reaching up to a mile long by a mile wide, represent perhaps the largest aggregations of animals you’ll ever find in Northern California.

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A Voice for Native Plants Turns 50

January 07, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

U ntil a few years ago, few people knew about the rare plant communities that persisted quietly in a lightly ...

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Stalking the Elusive, Scientists Carry on Bowerman’s Mount Diablo Legacy

January 05, 2015 by Joan Hamilton

The 3,100-acre Morgan Fire provided opportunities for scientists. One of the main goals: to learn how plant and animal communities rebuild themselves after a major disturbance.

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Javier Ochoa Reyes, Groundwork Richmond

January 01, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

Every year, Bay Nature Institute selects three people whose extraordinary work on behalf of conservation and environmental education in the ...

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Julia Clothier, Point Reyes National Seashore Association

January 01, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

Every year, Bay Nature Institute selects three people whose extraordinary work on behalf of conservation and environmental education in the ...

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Ralph Benson, Sonoma Land Trust

January 01, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

Every year, Bay Nature Institute selects three people whose extraordinary work on behalf of conservation and environmental education in the ...

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Bayview: Eye-Opening “Functional Beauty”

January 01, 2015 by David Loeb

  I f you’re going to succeed as a species in this world, you need to get three things right: ...

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A New Twist on Saving Salmon — and Keeping West Marin Affordable

December 30, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Coho salmon need help, but so do people with modest incomes. A new initiative seeks to bridge the two.

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Water Hyacinth Thrives in Drought Stricken Delta

December 22, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Drought brings ideal conditions for rapid spread of water hyacinth in the Delta.

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To Get Kids to the Wilderness, Oakland Group Trains and Equips Trip Leaders

December 15, 2014 by Eric Simons

Oakland-based Bay Area Wilderness Training tries to provide teachers and trip leaders with everything they need -- from leadership skills to equipment -- to get kids out in nature.

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In the South Bay Salt Ponds, Better Science Through Fishing

December 10, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Field work is supposed to be where ecologists get to play Indiana Jones. The reality with swing-dancing joke-cracking fish-loving UC Davis research scientist Jim Hobbs is somewhat different: wet, muddy, smelly, and mostly involving either waiting for leopard sharks or harvesting leopard shark vomit.

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