Leah Messinger

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Stavocet/Avostilt

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While you’re exploring the Bay Area this fall, keep your eyes open for the new bird on the Bay. Ten years after Jim Rosso’s initial sighting, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Intern Biologist Robin Dakin and photographer David Cardinal recently … Read more

California Native Plant Link Exchange

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When John Malpas inherited a small piece of land in Mendocino County, he discovered an overgrown tangle of exotic English ivy and blue gum eucalyptus obscuring an underlayer of dead native trees and shrubs. As Malpas began the challenging task … Read more

Crystal Springs Trail Open To Public

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The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) are encouraging the public to get involved with the newly opened Fifield-Cahill Trail in San Mateo County. After more than 30 years of community pressure to … Read more

Affordable Housing Vs. Open Space in San Ramon

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When Anne Hayes wrote in our January 2003 Gardening for Wildlife section that “Habitat doesn’t only mean parks and undeveloped lands; it also means backyards and front yards and side yards and median strips,” perhaps she wasn’t thinking far enough … Read more

Books about the Ocean

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While we’re out at the ocean, let’s review several recent books that will make the visit more rewarding. Foghorn Outdoors has just released the third edition of California Beaches: The Best Places to Swim, Play, Eat, and Stay on the … Read more

Great White Shark Diving

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While most beachgoers or surfers in Northern California would prefer never to meet up with great white sharks, some folks are actually paying big bucks for the privilege of such an encounter. Several adventure boat operators have been sailing tourists … Read more

Literacy for Environmental Justice’s Living Classroom

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The urban environmental education and youth empowerment organization Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) is about to begin construction work on its Living Classroom, an eco-efficient, solar- and wind-powered community meeting space and environmental classroom in San Francisco’s Heron’s Head Park. … Read more

Treasure Island Redevelopment

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Treasure Island, passed over daily by thousands of Bay Bridge commuters, sits at the crossroads of the Bay, with spectacular views of the City, the Golden Gate, Mount Tam, and the East Bay hills. Built between 1936 and 1939 from … Read more

West Nile Virus

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Amid predictions that the West Nile virus will reach the Bay Area some time this summer, local health and pest control authorities are keeping a sharp eye out for mosquitoes carrying the disease. The first sign of the virus’ presence … Read more