Alison Hawkes

Alison Hawkes was a Bay Nature editor from 2011-2017. Before Bay Nature she worked in journalism for more than a decade as a former newspaper reporter turned radio producer turned web editor with each rendition bringing her closer to her dream of covering environmental issues. She co-founded Way Out West, a site dedicated to covering Bay Area environmental news.

Lights out – it’s fall migration

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Work in a tall building? Here’s something you can do this fall for birds. Get your building manager to participate in the Lights Out for Birds program to reduce the numbers of bird collisions into tall buildings during the fall … Read more

Water desalination plants on the horizon

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Water desalination may seem too costly and too riddled with complications to go anywhere fast. But that doesn’t mean water managers are giving up hope. Faced with an uncertain future of diminishing water supplies, officials are floating plans for 17 … Read more

The world needs ‘Zombee’ hunters

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‘Zombee’ season is about to peak in September, and zombee researchers are asking for help to track its spread. It’s Night of the Living Dead for honeybees infected with a nasty parasitic fly that makes the normally diurnal species go … Read more

Phalaropes descend on Rodeo Lagoon

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Rodeo Lagoon in the Marin Headlands is the place to go right now to watch a rare migratory shorebird that enacts a fascinating swap in gender roles. In late July into the first half of August, red-necked phalaropes descend on the … Read more

Scoring nature in San Francisco

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You may have heard of Walk Score, the walkability index that everyone from real estate agents to smart growth advocates use to assess how pedestrian friendly the area is around a specific address. Well, joining the ratings stage now is … Read more

Save Mount Diablo cofounder dies

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The co-founder of the influential nonprofit conservation group Save Mount Diablo,  Arthur D. Bonwell, died at 85 at his home in Concord, California. The trained electrical engineer for Dupont made a second career in conservation, recognizing that the state was … Read more

Can the Bay Area grow in population and be sustainable?

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As the Bay Area struggles to meet sustainability goals, double-digit population growth presents a clear challenge to reducing the region’s ecological footprint. Residents must use resources more efficiently to counteract the addition of more than a million new residents. In many ways, it mirrors a challenge the planet is facing. Can population growth in San Francisco and the Bay Area be sustainable?