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Alan Kaplan retired in 2005 after a 33-year career with the East Bay Regional Park District.


Twinkle, Twinkle, Winter Star

October 21, 2011 by Alan Kaplan

Winter is a great time to head out and look at the night sky. In between storms, of course. And the Bay Area has lots of groups ready to help you and your kids get excited about stars!

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Stinky Stories

April 01, 2011 by Alan Kaplan

For some flowers, bugs, and (of course) skunks, strong BO is a good MO for survival. Remember that the next time you’re dealing with smelly gym socks!

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California Indians and Their Environment: An Introduction

December 11, 2009 by Alan Kaplan

California Natural History Guide No. 96, by Kent G. Lightfoot and Otis Parrish, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2009. $19.95. ...

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Top Billing for Shorebirds

October 01, 2009 by Alan Kaplan

As summer turns to fall, thousands of shorebirds return to the shoreline and mudflats of San Francisco Bay, either for a pit stop on their way south or to stay for the winter. Sometimes many different kinds gather in one place. How can you tell them apart?

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Once Stung, Twice Shy

July 01, 2008 by Alan Kaplan

Learn about some of our local stinging insects, from the familiar honeybee to the powerful velvet ant (watch out for that one!).

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At Home with the Packrats

October 01, 2007 by Alan Kaplan

What's that pile of sticks over there? It could be the home of a dusky-footed woodrat. If you could see inside, you'd find a tidy little home complete with bedrooms, a pantry, and even a few latrines!


April Fooling!

April 01, 2007 by Alan Kaplan

Would you believe a twig is watching you? That some leaves can walk? And that if you brush against a ...

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