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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 www.lwmcferrin.com.


Last Dance on San Bruno Mountain

January 01, 2011 by Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe-McFerrin goes in search of rare butterflies on San Bruno Mountain, an island of native habitat besieged by subdivisions, roads, and invasive weeds.

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Darn ‘Skeeters, the Unwelcome Summer Guests

July 01, 2004 by Linda Watanabe McFerrin

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.

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Starry, Starry Night

October 01, 2002 by Linda Watanabe McFerrin

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.

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Loving Lake Merritt

January 01, 2001 by Linda Watanabe McFerrin

The lights around Lake Merritt flicker off. Dawn has opened a shimmering, pink-feathered window in the pearl-gray sky through which ...

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