David Loeb

David Loeb was the co-founder and Executive Director of the Bay Nature Institute and the publisher of Bay Nature magazine. Now retired, he continues to roam the trails and waterways of the Bay Area and points beyond and contributes occasional articles to baynature.org.

Letter from the Publisher

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The past three months have not been easy ones for our planet. The events of 9/11 continue to reverberate globally, from bombs over Afghanistan to imperiled civil liberties and recession at home. It is not immediately clear what the role … Read more

Letter from the Publisher

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The browning and dropping of the leaves off California buckeyes in August is a sure sign that summer is waning. The arrival of the advance guard of southbound shorebirds along the coast is another good signal, a trickle that becomes … Read more

Letter from the Publisher

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Awareness of nature isn’t just an exercise for the eyes. As summer approaches, I listen for the return of the haunting song of the Swainson’s thrush. Perhaps you’ve heard it, too, while on an early evening walk in late May … Read more

Letter from the Publisher

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Wow! I’ve just come back from a hike at Las Trampas Regional Preserve. I’ve been there quite a few times before, but still … wow! It’s early March, and no matter how much I truly love all the seasons in … Read more

California newt, creative commons photo by randomtruth

East Bay Regional Newts

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This article was the first nature article published by Bay Nature cofounder David Loeb. It originally appeared in Terrain, the magazine once published by the Berkeley Ecology Center. The small pond sits deep in an old quarry pit. Actually, it’s partly a pond … Read more