Linda Watanabe McFerrin

When she’s not on the road, Linda Watanabe McFerrin—travel writer, poet, novelist, and writing instructor—lives and writes in Oakland. She is the editor of Best Places Northern California and co-creator of the popular travel anthology Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel. Her story on Lake Merritt appeared in the January 2001 issue of Bay Nature. You can reach her through

Darn ‘Skeeters, the Unwelcome Summer Guests


A little standing water is all it takes for mosquitoes to get going, so it’s no wonder they’ve been making evolutionary hay for over 30 million years—and acting as efficient disease transporters along the way, even here in the temperate Bay Area.

Starry, Starry Night


We humans have evolved to be outside in the daylight. But there are delights awaiting those who venture forth at night. Revel in the cosmic mysteries of the star-filled sky, and open your senses to the shadowy world of nature’s night shift.