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Apr-Jun 2013

Our spring 2013 issue journeys to Clear Lake, where a growing network of trails on land and water makes the region a great destination for birders, kayakers, and hikers. The spring issue also features different ways to experience nature: First we meet the “acoustic ecologists” who love to hear, record, and preserve the natural soundscapes of places like Muir Woods. Then we head out with East Bay naturalists to learn how to read wildlife tracks and signs. Our climate change series highlights the California Phenology Project, a program to chart the timing of plant blooms and other cycles already shifting due to climate change. There’s much more in the April-June issue, so check it out!

Cover photo: Clark’s grebe at Clear Lake, by Steve Zamek, featherlightphoto.com.


Turning Blue: Ain’t nothing but a hound’s tongue!

March 29, 2013 by John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws turns his naturalist’s eye and paintbrushes to the hound’s tongue, one of our early spring bloomers.


Nature Sounds: The Sounds of Silence

March 20, 2013 by Jonah Raskin

Nature sounds make up the rich soundscapes of redwood forests, marshes, and our backyards. Learn how you can listen and help protect your local soundscape!


Animal Tracking: Signs of Life

March 20, 2013 by Victoria Schlesinger

Plenty of wildlife roams the Bay Area. With help from expert naturalists, you can learn to read the messages they leave behind in their tracks and signs.

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The Phenology Project

April 01, 2013 by Jacoba Charles

The California Phenology Project’s citizen scientists are studying changes in plant life cycles to better understand local climate change impacts.

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A Warbler Comes to West Berkeley

April 08, 2013 by David Loeb

Last winter I noticed a different bird in the bare branches of the London plane trees outside the office. A yellow-rumped warbler. Not an uncommon bird, yet not one I would expect to see next to a cement plant.

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Ithuriel’s Spear and Other Spears of Springtime

April 11, 2013 by Ron Sullivan

Ithuriel’s spear and similar flowers are some of our most charismatic springtime blooms.

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Local Hero: Mia Monroe, Muir Woods National Monument

April 17, 2013 by Jacoba Charles

Officially, Mia Monroe is Site Supervisor of Muir Woods. But what she really does is serve as a passionate ambassador for nature.

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Pedro Point’s Transformation, for Wildlife and People

March 22, 2013 by Heather Mack

Volunteers are transforming Pedro Point, home to the new Devil’s Slide tunnels, into a healthier wildlife habitat that’s also a great outdoors destination.


Local Hero: Cindy Moreno of WattzOn and Full Circle Farm

May 08, 2013 by David Loeb

It’s not easy to catch up with Cindy Moreno. The daughter of immigrant farmworkers from the Central Valley and a recent graduate in environmental studies from San Jose State, Cindy is doing more than her share for the environment.

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Remembering Rich Stallcup

April 01, 2013 by Bay Nature Staff

In December 2012, the Bay Area, and the world, lost one of its most eloquent spokespeople for and about birds. Rich Stallcup, a cofounder of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (now PRBO Conservation Science), was an unrivaled birder and teacher. Here are two of the dozens of remembrances posted on PRBO’s online guestbook: More than anyone […]

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Local Hero: Seth Adams, Save Mount Diablo

April 15, 2013 by Daniel McGlynn

2013 Local Hero award-winner Seth Adams of Save Mount Diablo is a big-picture guy, but he also revels in the details of wildflowers, maps, building a trail, or building a coalition.

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Clear Lake, a Destination for Kayaking and Birding

April 08, 2013 by Terry Knight

We’ve thought about doing a piece on Clear Lake for a long time: It’s a wildlife magnet just over two hours from our office in Berkeley, and yet relatively few Bay Area nature lovers ever visit. You might imagine that Clear Lake was named for the clarity of its water. Not so. It turns out […]


How do barnacles make baby barnacles?

April 03, 2013 by Michael Ellis

Barnacles are hermaphroditic – they contain both male and female sex organs. You’re thinking, “Well, they always have a date on Saturday night.” No, it’s a really bad idea to self-fertilize: Inbreeding results in little genetic diversity. Worms, slugs, snails – slow-moving animals with low rates of encounter – are all hermaphroditic. And you could not get any slower than an adult barnacle!


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