Joe Eaton

Joe Eaton lives in Berkeley and writes for the San Francisco Chronicle and Estuary News.

It’s Fun! It’s Science! It’s a Bioblitz!


On the last weekend of March, 9,000 people armed with binoculars, butterfly nets, cameras, and smartphones, spread out over an archipelago of national park lands from Point Reyes in Marin County to Mori Point on the San Mateo coast. Their … Read more

Ocean Acid Trip: The Hidden Harm of Climate Change


Seawater has historically been alkaline, but is increasingly becoming less so. What does this mean for the ocean ecosystem in general? And along the California coast in particular? We’re just beginning to figure that out.

Amanita muscaria, fly agaric

Planet Fungi


It may be safely said that there are two kinds of people: those who notice mushrooms and those who don’t. Likewise, there are two kinds of noticers: the appreciative and the appalled. Retired East Bay Regional Park District naturalist Ron … Read more