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Kris Vann is a Bay Nature editorial volunteer.


Marbled Murrelet, Mariner of the Old-Growth

July 01, 2010 by Kris Vann

This is a story about a little-known bird that's no owl, eagle, or peacock. It's not featured on a stamp or in a Disney cartoon. Most people haven't heard of it and can't even pronounce its name. But dig deeper into the marbled murrelet (that's MER-let, not mure-a-LET), and you'll find a story of scientific mystery and dedicated people working to help an increasingly scarce bird and its habitat.

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Presidio Habitats: Big Art, Made for Wildlife “Clients”

May 14, 2010 by Kris Vann

Artists, naturalists, and National Parks officials come together to create a remarkable new exhibit of installation art made for "animal clients," open at the Presidio from May 16, 2010, though May 15, 2011.

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Fight Over Bayshore Power Plant

March 19, 2010 by Kris Vann

A long-running controversy over a power plant proposed for the Bayshore in Hayward is heating up as opponents consider whether to appeal recent permits granted to Calpine, the company that wants to build a 600-megawatt plant in an area that has a sometimes uneasy mix of industry and important wildlife habitat.

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Two Land Deals Protect Redwoods, Murrelets, and the Skyline Trail

February 02, 2010 by Kris Vann

In just one conversation with Reed Holderman, it's easy to tell that he loves his job. And why shouldn't he? As executive director of the Sempervirens Fund, he gets to help save landscapes for generations to come. With two recent land deals, the fund has come a step closer to its goal of connecting all the major parks on the Santa Cruz coast.

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California’s Big Kahuna

December 18, 2009 by Kris Vann

Winter might not be beach season for most of us, but for big wave surfers, now is the time to be out on the water. What makes winter the time for big waves? And why do a few spots, like Mavericks, get such tall waves?


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