Beth Slatkin

Beth Slatkin is Bay Nature's marketing and outreach director.
TRAC Chair Bruce Beyaert celebrating the opening of a new Bay trail segment in Richmond.

Trailblazing with TRAC’s Bruce Beyaert


This year, the Trails for Richmond Action Committee (TRAC) is celebrating its 15th year as the leading advocacy group for completion of the San Francisco Bay Trail along the Richmond shoreline. TRAC’s chair and co-founder is Bruce Beyaert, a longtime … Read more

Orca in Alaskan waters (Wikimedia Commons)

Connecting the Dots for Pacific Marine Life


National Park Service ecologist Sarah Allen has been looking at the “big picture” of marine ecosystem health since the mid-1970s when she worked as a field biologist on the Farallon Islands, then later in the ’80s and ’90s tracking seabirds, … Read more

Fucus, Hymenena and two varieties of Cryptopleura. Photo courtesy of Josie Iselin

For the Love of Seaweed


Josie Iselin’s passion for discovering natural treasures along the shore started young, and later evolved into her life’s work: turning ocean objects into art through her popular photography books. We spoke with Josie as she prepared to release her seventh … Read more

American avocet and chick. Photo courtesy of Ingrid Taylar

Why Mud Matters


English-born geomorphologist Jeremy Lowe is serious about wetlands and serious about mud, though he’s got a wicked sense of humor that shows he’s not taking himself too seriously. We caught up with the senior scientist from San Francisco-based environmental planning … Read more

A page from Matthew Bettelheim's children's book Sardis and Stamm

A Child’s Book of Habitat


Wildlife biologist and environmental science writer (and former Bay Nature contributing editor) Matthew Bettelheim temporarily switched out of his academic mode to write a children’s book that is coming out this week. Sardis and Stamm takes young readers on a … Read more

Getting Back On the Trail


Longtime hiker and mobility coach Jayah Faye Paley turned her passion for the outdoors into a mission to get people back on their feet – and back on the trail  – using the power of hiking poles. BN: Are you from … Read more

gray whale, San Ignacio Lagoon

Roam If You Want To


A life-changing accident gave former Cal academic Ronn Patterson  time to think long and hard about his life path.  He ended up founding Dolphin Charters, which leads guided natural history cruises and photo expeditions to wildlife hotspots in North and … Read more

Troublesome Creek opens at the Sonoma Community Center this week.

Fording a Troublesome Creek


Todd Evans aims for cultural and historical authenticity in his plays. His latest work, Troublesome Creek, celebrates the life of environmental writer and activist Rachel Carson, who lands in a small Kentucky mining town in the 1960s to defend her … Read more