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From Bay Nature magazineOctober-December 2016

Recreation

Getting out into nature is part of the cultural fabric of the San Francisco Bay Area, thanks to the region’s impressive landscapes and rich natural resources. From hiking to birdwatching and painting, the San Francisco Bay and its surrounding hills and beaches offer a myriad of ways to connect with the outdoors and find inspiration in what nature offers.

A Fishing Expedition: On the Hunt for Anglers and Childhood Memories in the East Bay

October 25, 2016 by De Tran

A writer goes looking for fish, stories, and memories in the East Bay parks.

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New East Bay Ecological Reserve Welcomes Hikers, Bikers, Birders, and Boaters

October 14, 2016 by Robin Meadows

Eden Landing's 6,400 acres of salt ponds are being restored to marsh and shorebird habitat, and now welcome human visitors.

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Ranch Recreation: Camping Out on Working Lands in Western Sonoma

July 22, 2016 by Sabine Bergmann

In the "middle space" between protected and unprotected, a reporter finds a perfect place to camp.

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Whale Resources

July 01, 2016 by Bay Nature Staff

Whale Watching: The Oceanic Society has offered naturalist-led whale-watching excursions in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1972. Excursions leave ...

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Campsites Opening on Private Lands in the Bay Area

April 29, 2016 by Eric Simons

Hipcamp, a company founded in 2013 to improve the reservation process for public parks nationwide, is now facilitating camping on private land.

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San Francisco Joins the Water Trail

February 01, 2016 by Melanie Hess

Islais Creek Park is the first official San Francisco site on the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail.

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Love Muir Woods? Park Service Asks: Please Stay Away

January 06, 2016 by Julia Busiek

A reservation system for the popular redwood grove is coming in 2017. Until then, the Park Service urges residents to stay away.

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Into the Breach

January 04, 2016 by Paul McHugh

A kayaker explores the newly restored and now-open tidal marsh at Cullinan Ranch in the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

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A Midpeninsula Open Space for the Ages: Among the Ancient Oaks on Russian Ridge

November 09, 2015 by Kathleen M. Wong

Perched atop the windward western side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Russian Ridge offers spellbinding views and a grove of monumental, centuries-old oaks.

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The Peninsula Watershed: To Open, Or Not To Open?

August 20, 2015 by Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton

The 23,000 acres around Crystal Springs are prime hiking territory in an urban region desperate for more places to get outdoors. They're also home to numerous endangered species, and critical to San Francisco's drinking water supply.

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