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Bay Nature magazineJuly-September 2017


The San Francisco Bay Area is bejeweled with hundreds of parks and open space preserves as well as a rich set of laws and policies meant to ensure the survival of vulnerable species and ecosystems. Real people made this happen through a dedicated call to stewardship. The organizations they’ve founded and developed have created a lasting framework for conservation to remain a public value.

The Charms of Tolay Lake Regional Park

June 28, 2017 by Greg Sarris

In the Alaguali tradition, this lake in Sonoma County was a place of healing. Charmstones found in the lake bed date to more than 4,000 years old, and come from as far away as Mexico.


Are the Bay Area’s Parks Too Crowded?

June 28, 2017 by Jeremy Miller

Are crowded parks, like traffic or sprawl, another symptom of the Bay Area's economic boom? Not necessarily.


José González on Growing Latino Outdoors

June 28, 2017 by Victor Reyes

Latino Outdoors is a familiar part of the California conservation landscape. Now its founder is ready for LO to take its place alongside the Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy.

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Where Trump Budget Cuts Could Affect Bay Area Conservation

June 28, 2017 by Alison Hawkes

A small sample of the big ways the president's proposed budget would slash conservation measures around the Bay Area.

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San Francisco’s Natural Areas Program Springs to Life

June 28, 2017 by Audrey McNamara

After several decades, San Francisco designates parklands to increase and preserve biodiversity.


Rainbow Trout Return to Orinda After Half-Century Away

April 03, 2017 by Alexander Fox

Trout stopped swimming upstream from San Pablo Reservoir after the construction of a small dam in the 1960s. But when storms and workers cleared debris from the dam, the trout swam past.

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How the East Bay Shoreline Became A Park for the People

March 28, 2017 by Lisa Krieger

A walk through the tumultuous history of the East Bay's popular shoreline park.

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A Mountaintop with Panoramic Bay Area Views, Closed to the Public for 59 Years, Opens This Fall

March 28, 2017 by Elizabeth Devitt

At the "resting place of the hummingbirds," a panoramic view of the Bay Area that few from the general public have ever seen.

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Letter to the Editor: Protecting Diversity Is the Opposite of Xenophobia

February 23, 2017 by Doug Johnson

Some non-native species are okay. But not all of them.


Ancient Whale Bones and Megalodon Shark Teeth Unearthed in East Bay

February 21, 2017 by Alison Hawkes

A dam retrofit project reveals a treasure trove from the time when California had a vast inland sea.

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