Aleta George

Writer Aleta George trained as a Jepson Prairie docent in 2009. In addition to writing Bay Nature's Ear to the Ground column, she has written for Smithsonian, High Country News, and the Los Angeles Times.
Daly City dunes

Fight for Daly City Dunes


Remnant dunes in Daly City hint at the long-lost sands of San Francisco. And the folks at San Bruno Mountain Watch would like to keep it that way, despite proposals to build houses here.

Volunteers Stick to it at Suisun Marsh


On a 21-foot aluminum boat floating in Suisun Marsh, Amanda Schwabe heaves up the otter trawl as Cesar Morales coils the rope on deck. When Schwabe brings up the net, Captain Teejay O’Rear pours its contents into a shallow pan. … Read more

River Otters on the Rebound


Hungry river otters are popping up around the Bay Area in places where they haven’t been seen in a while. Have fun watching them, but guard your chickens!

Alameda Terns Finally Get A Refuge


After years of discussion, agitation, and debate, a final deal is in the works to make a permanent Alameda Wildlife Refuge for the endangered California least terns that nest on a former naval base.

Cargo Ships Keep Bringing Invasives to the Bay


A recent study has proven the obvious: San Francisco Bay is a major conduit for invasive species. And the biggest culprit? Cargo ships and their ballast water. Environmentalists are now pushing for new treatment requirements to stem the tide of alien species.

Wanted: Sand for Endangered Butterfly


The imperiled Lange’s metalmark butterfly lives only on a small stretch of remnant dunes near Antioch. Managers of the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge hope to create precious new habitat, while a captive-breeding program keeps the butterflies just short of extinction.