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Book Review: Caught in Fading Light

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by Gary Thorp Walker & Co., 2002 174 pages, $19 (800) 218-9367 They say that seekers are not finders. Marin author and Zen Buddhist Gary Thorp dedicates himself fully to the process of seeking a mountain lion in the wilds … Read more

Book Review: Inland Fishes of California

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by Peter Moyle University of California Press, 2002 502 pages, $70 In this revision of his 1976 classic, biologist Peter Moyle has once again collected in one place the information available on California’s inland fishes and created a masterful snapshot … Read more

A Bird’s Eye View of San Francisco Bay

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What makes the Bay such a magnet for shorebirds and waterfowl, hosting more of them than any other Pacific coastal wetland in the U.S.? Looking at some of the Bay’s habitats through the eyes of four different species gives us a unique perspective on this avian haven.

The Call of the Rails

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The Bay Trail through the Palo Alto Baylands is among the best places to see the endangered California clapper rail and multitudes of other shorebirds.

Starry, Starry Night

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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.

A Redwood Century at Big Basin

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At the dawn of the 20th century, a number of Peninsula residents—including photographer Andrew Hill and lawyer Delphin Delmas—watched in horror as loggers cut their way into groves of ancient redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Determined to preserve these Titanic offsprings of Nature for future generations, these pioneering citizens banded together to lobby for the creation of California’s first state park—Big Basin.