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About Dan Rademacher

Dan was editor of Bay Nature from 2004 until 2013, when he left to work for SF-based Stamen Design. A onetime professional cabinetmaker, he considers himself a lifelong maker of things and teller of stories. Dan has been working at the intersection of journalism and technology since, at age 16, he began learning reporting, page layout, and database design. His enduring interest in environmental issues crystallized into a career path in 1998 when he assisted former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass in a cross-disciplinary nature writing and ecology course at UC Berkeley, from which Dan received a Masters in English literature. In 1999, he became Associate Editor of Terrain, the erstwhile quarterly magazine of Berkeley's Ecology Center. In addition to editing and art-directing Bay Nature magazine, he was also Bay Nature’s chief technology strategist, fixer of broken things, and designer of databases and fancy spreadsheets. And he was even known to leave the office and actually hike outdoors.


Letter from the Former Editor: Farewell from Dan Rademacher

October 07, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

When I walked into Bay Nature’s office in February 2004, I had never run a magazine before. I was 29 ...

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Filmmaker Judy Irving gets her mouse

June 26, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

Filmmaker Judy Irving set herself a goal to get a good shot of an endangered salt marsh harvest mouse. She did, and it's Bay Nature's July 2013 cover image.

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State Parks chief: Parks need diversity, and MBAs

June 17, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

State parks chief General Anthony Jackson told East Bay park activists that his department needs MBAs and that the whole parks community needs to diversify.


What’s that western scrub-jay doing, anyway?

June 15, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

A western scrub-jay standing tall caught the eye of photographer Dave Strauss, and his photo gave us an occasion to celebrate the intelligence of jays, crows, and their relatives.

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Artists cast a net for safer oceans

June 14, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

A new art installation at the Marine Mammal Center puts the focus on ghost nets -- lost fishing gear that wreaks havoc in the ocean -- and on what we can all do to make our oceans healthier.

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Eucalyptus removal: A dilemma of habitat and history

June 12, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

The East Bay eucalyptus removal debate continues with public comment until June 17. We hear from experts on amphibians, raptors, and forest succession.


The Oakland Museum’s taxidermist: an inside view of wildlife

June 04, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

Oakland Museum taxidermist Alicia Goode has special insight into California wildlife.

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Preservation Ranch: Big conservation, thanks to carbon credits

May 28, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

Preservation Ranch is the biggest conservation deal in Sonoma County history, and it's part of an even bigger deal. The key to the model? Carbon credits.

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East Bay hills tree removal debate catches fire

May 23, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

A plan for tree removal in the East Bay hills is open for public comment until June 17. We talk to a biologist, historian, gardener, land manager, and critic.


Oakland Museum’s new science gallery opens May 31

May 21, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

On May 31, the Oakland Museum will open its overhauled science gallery, the world's largest museum exhibit focused on California’s habitats and wildlife.

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Lake Merced Birds: A Lone Wrentit

May 14, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

Every so often I see a note from a local birder or amateur botanist that reminds me that there’s a ...

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Who builds those stick houses, anyway? Woodrats!

May 10, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

Stewart Gilbert of San Rafael writes to ask: “Who makes these homes built out of sticks? They’re very common at ...


Surge of pine siskins means dead birds, but also new neighbors

April 30, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

We've been hearing a lot about dead pine siskins all over the country. Turns out it's natural, and it might mean more siskins in more places for a while.


Dinosaur eggs on Point Reyes Estero Trail?

March 29, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

Tim Hastings wrote to us wondering about “many large round, almost ‘dinosaur-egg’ like rocks dotting the muddy sands” when he ...


Satellites to the rescue for Clear Lake algae problems?

March 19, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

Clear Lake algae problems persist, but a new effort aims to use satellite imagery to track pollution and find solutions.


What’s the California newt’s lifespan?

March 13, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

What's a California newt's lifespan? Surprisingly long for captive newts, and wild newts' potent poison likely helps them live longer than other amphibians.


Are deer twins common?

March 03, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

Are deer twins common? Turns out, yes, even though any individual twin fawn is less likely to survive than its singleton cousins. What gives, nature?


Santa Rosa’s Taylor Mountain throws open the gates

February 22, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

Santa Rosa gets a brand-new park this weekend. Taylor Mountain, above the Roseland neighborhood, is a great hiking spot and a model of park planning.

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San Francisco Bay herring running at Mission Bay

January 09, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

The herring are running again in San Francisco, and it’s quite a show. Commercial fishing boats cast their nets in ...


Songbirds dying at birdfeeders

January 08, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

A number of local bird rescue groups are reporting an outbreak of salmonella among pine siskins, small songbirds that are ...


Painting the Delta, from “frankenanimals” to finished artwork

December 27, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

When we decided to commission an original illustration for our January feature about Big Break Regional Shoreline, I did what ...

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Alligator keeper and salamander seeker

December 18, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

When we put out the call for photos to go along with our forthcoming salamander feature by David Rains Wallace, ...

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Salamanders, sandpipers, sediment, and more, coming in our January issue

December 11, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

Coming up in our January 2013 issue, noted author (and one of our favorites!) David Rains Wallace surveys our region’s ...

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Year of the Bay sets sail

November 01, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

On November 1, the historic ship the Alma set sail from the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park on the ...

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Wacky Jacky Still On the Water, Speaking Up for the Fish

October 16, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

Jacqueline Douglas has captaineered a fishing ship in the San Francisco Bay for 40 years, and is fighting to save salmon so they're still left to fish.

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Art in the shade at the UC Botanical Garden

October 03, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

This Sunday, visit the UC Botanical Garden, see a remakable collection of installation art, and hear from artist Todd Gilens about the 100-foot-long mural he created on the side of a shade house.

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“Global Frackdown” Rally in SF Focuses on Oil and Gas in California

September 21, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

The state is considering new regs on fracking, which could create a new oil boom in California, in a swathe stretching form the Bay Area to Los Angeles.

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Critical habitat in SF to protect Franciscan manzanita

September 13, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added the Franciscan manzanita to the federal endangered species list and proposed ...

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State and Federal Officials Explain Plan to Avoid 12th Year of Steelhead Die-offs in Pescadero

September 11, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

On Wednesday, September 12, officials from several state and federal agencies will hold a public briefing to explain a new, ...


Key to Wildlife Photography is Knowing Your Subject

September 10, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

Sebastian Kennerknecht has eight shots in our upcoming October-December issue, more than any other photographer this time around. Partly that’s ...


Photographer Ron Wolf falls into fungi

September 05, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

Early in our work on each issue of the magazine, we send out a call for photos to more than ...

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A Visit from Jack Laws, Bird Man (and Artist)

August 13, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

It’s always a red-letter day at the Bay Nature office when we get a visit from Jack Laws (aka John ...

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Hey, who spruced up this place?

July 29, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

Welcome to the new BayNature.org! We’ve just relaunched this site in a big way, and we’re pretty excited about what ...


The Otter and the Perch

April 11, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

River otters have been wildlife stars at Jewel Lake in Tilden Regional Park off and on over the last year. But did you know they're chowing down on rare fish?


Foraging 101

April 10, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

Want to forage in a local park? Chances are it’s not allowed, but some parks do allow limited gathering of edible berries and mushrooms. In January 2012, we gathered up the rules from a couple of dozen agencies. But caveat emptor: they may have changed since then.

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Beyond the Bounty at Food Landscape Forum

November 17, 2011 by Dan Rademacher

Panelists at a sold-out forum on November 16 talked about their farming and farm-education enterprises on the San Mateo Coast, San Francisco, West Marin, and Santa Rosa. From food sovereignty to occupying your foodshed, check out the highlights.

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Book Review: Mount Diablo: The Extraordinary Life and Landscapes of a California Treasure

October 01, 2011 by Dan Rademacher

Photos by Stephen Joseph, text by Linda Rimac Colberg, Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, 2010, 266 pages, $50. Photographer Stephen Joseph ...

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Book Review: Natural History of San Francisco Bay

October 01, 2011 by Dan Rademacher

By Ariel Rubissow Okamoto and Kathleen M. Wong, 2011, UC Press, 352 pages, $24.95 paperback, $65 hardcover. The latest installment ...

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Ron Felzer’s Struggle to Stay in the Field

June 21, 2011 by Dan Rademacher

Longtime Merritt College teacher Ron Felzer helped blaze the trail of environmental education with hundreds of field seminars he's taught since the 1970s. Felzer is semi-retired now, but he and other field educators at Merritt are facing the hardest budget struggles Felzer's ever known, with fewer and fewer classes making it onto the college's schedule.

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Rancho Corral de Tierra, Soon to Become Part of GGNRA

May 26, 2011 by Dan Rademacher

The Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) purchased Rancho Corral de Tierra on Montara Mountain to protect it from development. Now ...

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State Park Officials Release Closure List

May 13, 2011 by Dan Rademacher

In what's become an annual crisis, the California Department of Parks and Recreation today released a list of 70 parks across the state slated to be closed. This time, though, it looks like it's for real.

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The Subtleties of Knowland Park

May 05, 2011 by Dan Rademacher

Knowland Park might be the City of Oakland's largest park--about 500 acres--but it's mostly known as the home of the Oakland Zoo. We visit the park with some native plant advocates who have their own fine-tuned sense of Knowland's beauty.

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Crowd-sourcing the Weather

February 02, 2011 by Dan Rademacher

Today, the online weather forecasting site Weather Underground is launching a new crowd-sourced forecasting system that creates custom forecasts for thousands of personal weather stations across the country, including dozens in the Bay Area.

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Book Review: A California Bestiary

October 01, 2010 by Dan Rademacher

A short, compelling series of essays and paintings of a dozen species of California wildlife from Rebecca Solnit and Mona Caron.

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Book Review: Dorothy Erskine, Graceful Crusader for Our Environment

October 01, 2010 by Dan Rademacher

A strong biography of the founder of Greenbelt Alliance, dorothy Erskine, who deserves to be remembered widely and well.

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Book Review: Living Landscape: Rise of the East Bay Regional Park District

October 01, 2010 by Dan Rademacher

A new book chronicles the recent history of the East Bay Rewgional Park District, which turned 75 years old in 2009 and remains the largest regional park district in the nation.

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Berkeley Puma Caught at the Intersection of Habitat and Humanity

September 12, 2010 by Dan Rademacher

When a mountain lion showed up at 3 a.m. on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, things weren't going to end well for that lion. Statewide, though, many times more lions die on the road or for killing domestic animals. On Wednesday, September 15, community members and puma researchers will get a chance to talk it all over in person.

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Charting Future for Santa Clara County Parks

July 06, 2010 by Dan Rademacher

For the first time since 1993, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has asked the county parks department to review criteria for land acquisition, and they're looking for input from the public on what kinds of parklands they buy, and where.

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New Plan for the “Hidden Bay”

June 18, 2010 by Dan Rademacher

Every day, millions of people drive over it on a half dozen bridges. Ferries and freighters cross it. Windsurfers and kayakers and boaters ply its waters. It's the picture-postcard backdrop for thousands of tourists along the San Francisco waterfront. And yet much of the real action in San Francisco Bay is hidden from us beneath murky waters. A new plan aims to change that...

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Visualizing Futures for Redwood City Salt Ponds

June 08, 2010 by Dan Rademacher

We recently came across a compelling short video that uses Google Earth and historical photos to make the case against Cargill's large proposed development in Redwood City. Watch the video -- and then learn who made it, and why...

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Grand Plans for Gateway Park

June 03, 2010 by Dan Rademacher

On June 2, about 80 people gathered in downtown Oakland to hear, and discuss, the plan for a major new shoreline park at the eastern foot of the Bay Bridge. If you're having trouble picturing what sort of park one might have there, you're not alone. At present, it's essentially a no-man's-land, but regional officials say it could be a world-class shoreline destination. With a lot of work and public input, of course...

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Deciding Point Molate’s Future

May 15, 2010 by Dan Rademacher

On May 18, the Richmond City Council voted to extend for 10 months an agreement with a developer proposing a casino at Point Molate, a former Navy fuel depot near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Local activists and architects are working on their own alternative vision for the space.

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New Web Tool to Find Parks

May 10, 2010 by Dan Rademacher

California's State Parks Department and San Francisco-based nonprofit GreenInfo Network on Friday announced a new web-based tool for finding parks, campgrounds, and trails all across the state.

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Development Threats in Los Medanos Hills

January 01, 2010 by Dan Rademacher

The hills above the Concord Naval Weapons Station are part of a property proposed for development by local builder Albert Seeno’s Discovery Builders. But local open space advocates are hoping to negotiate protections for this vital greenbelt between Concord and Pittsburg.

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Trial by Fire for Condors

October 01, 2009 by Dan Rademacher

In June 2008, when the Basin Fire burned through the Big Sur coast, California condors, and the biologists who monitor them, faced wildlfire for the first time in living memory. After a heroic rescue of juvenile birds, the scientists and the flock came out well. Now they face more insidious threats: lead shot in carcasses and deadly trash along roadways.

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Impressions of Tamalpais

April 01, 2009 by Dan Rademacher

We talk with Tom Killion, who grew up in Mill Valley. He has been making woodblock prints of the California landscape since he was a teenager, including about 60 of Mount Tamalpais.

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Mori’s Story

April 01, 2009 by Dan Rademacher

A town comes together to protect beautiful Mori Point, home to threatened frogs, endangered snakes, and superb wildflowers.

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New Google Earth: Going Underwater and Back in Time

February 02, 2009 by Dan Rademacher

At the California Academy on Sciences on February 2, Google announced a new version of Google Earth that holds tremendous promise for conservationists worldwide, and no shortage of data on the underwater world just off our coast.

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Oil Spill CSI

January 01, 2009 by Dan Rademacher

The 2007 oil spill in San Francisco Bay may be bad news for herring.

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Marking Time on the Dunes

April 01, 2008 by Dan Rademacher

A walk at Lawson’s Landing is a step back into simpler times, when families returned to the same spot every ...

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Book Review: The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area

October 01, 2007 by Dan Rademacher

The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area, by Richard A. Walker, University of Washington ...

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Book Review: Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Regions

October 01, 2007 by Dan Rademacher

Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Regions, by Arthur M. Shapiro and Tim Manolis, ...

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Looking Ahead on the Napa River

January 01, 2007 by Dan Rademacher

In our January-March 2007 feature, “Valley of Water and Wine,” we highlight the innovative work of landowners along the Napa ...

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Rare and Endangered Mosses

January 01, 2007 by Dan Rademacher

January-March 2007 WEB EXTRA: Rare and Endangered Mosses Many of us go through life barely noticing mosses and their cousins, ...

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Book Review: The Islands of San Francisco Bay

October 01, 2006 by Dan Rademacher

The Islands of San Francisco Bay, edited by James A. Martin and Michael T. Lee, Down Window Press, 2006, 200 ...

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Book Review: Wave-Swept Shore: The Rigors of Life on a Rocky Coast

October 01, 2006 by Dan Rademacher

Wave-Swept Shore: The Rigors of Life on a Rocky Coast, text by Mimi Koehl, Photographs by Anne Wertheim Rosenfeld, UC ...

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Web Extra: Elections Coverage

October 01, 2006 by Dan Rademacher

In addition to the statewide measures and open-space protection efforts in Napa, Solano, and Santa Clara counties, citizens in Sonoma ...

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Going Overboard

January 01, 2005 by Dan Rademacher

In 1985, when Jane and Ray Pittsinger rented a house at 548 Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica, they had a 30-foot-deep ...

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They Keep Coming Back

January 01, 2005 by Dan Rademacher

In the early 1970s, when the Army Corps of Engineers built a weir across Alameda Creek to stabilize a railroad ...

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