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Claire Peaslee is a naturalist, writer, editor, graphic designer, and improvisational theater artist whose home is Point Reyes. She produces the quarterly journal Observer for PRBO Conservation Science, appears sporadically on the public radio program West Coast Live with Sedge Thomson, and cultivates nature-laughter.


Enlightened by Bioluminescence

July 10, 2014 by Claire Peaslee

Another phenomenon, equally fabulous but much lower in the food chain, can also occur in the ocean at this time of year: bioluminescence, or “living light.”

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Wrentit: High-fidelity in the scrub

June 30, 2013 by Claire Peaslee

Wrentits, possibly North America's most sedentary birds, just don't go far. So when you hear their song in the same place twice, you're probably listening to the same bird or its offspring.

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Snowy Plovers nest at Stinson Beach for first time in 30 years

June 26, 2013 by Claire Peaslee

Not only are snowy plovers nesting in unexpected places this year, at least one pair appears to be a bit unconventional.


Point Reyes: On the Edge

July 16, 2012 by Claire Peaslee

You always know essentially where to find it: just aim yourself toward the western horizon, and go. At the road's end, the trail's end, the far end of that last dune-trudge or bluff-scramble, it's there: a great conjunction of land, sky, and sea. North America meets Pacific Ocean.

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Minus tides expose wilderness below the waves

June 28, 2012 by Claire Peaslee

Point Reyes Peninsula is rimmed along its rocky sections with a living fringe so diverse and wildly colorful – so dense with phenomenal creatures – that when the tides recede there’s a gravitational pull to go there and explore. Tidepools are literally the wilderness next door, yet accessible only when the moon and sun conspire to exert extra pull on the Earth’s oceanic sheath, thereby exposing the coastline. May through July is one of the two periods in the year when extreme low tides occur.


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