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January-March 2015

Go behind the scenes with local nature in Bay Nature’s January-March 2015 issue. Delve into the secret beauty of seaweeds with ocean artist Josie Iselin, peer closely into the amazing world of lichens with Stephen Sharnoff, imagine the largest school of fish in the San Francisco Bay, and ponder the longevity and quiet strength of the resilient coyote. Our January issue also reveals the history, botany, and geography of Rancho Corral de Tierra on the San Mateo County Coast, reports on new developments in dealing with sea level rise, watches a restoration in the Presidio that begins with the plants you can’t see, and checks in just below the frothing surf to answer a most mysterious question: how do seaweeds stay in place amidst all those waves?


CNPS, A Voice for Native Plants, Turns 50

January 07, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

The California Native Plant Society turns 50 in 2015

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Shapeshifter, Trickster, Survivor: Coyote in the Modern World

February 05, 2015 by Joe Eaton

Coyotes have been remarkably resilient and tenacious, surviving—thriving, even—in our midst as a relict and a messenger from a much wilder California.


Rancho Corral de Tierra: A Sea to Summit Trek on the San Mateo Coast

February 02, 2015 by Victoria Schlesinger

It’s time to open up Rancho Corral de Tierra, a storied, long-private piece of the coast, for all.


Stephen Sharnoff Shares the Secrets of the Lichen World

January 01, 2015 by Claire Peaslee

Nobody knows California’s incredible, diverse lichens like Stephen Sharnoff, author of the new A Field Guide to California Lichens.

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How Do Seaweeds Survive Powerful Waves?

January 01, 2015 by Michael Ellis

A reader wonders how sea palms and other species stay upright while being battered by waves.

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Letter from the Publisher: Eye-Opening “Functional Beauty”

January 01, 2015 by David Loeb

Bay Nature Publisher David Loeb recalls the time he first encountered the eye-opening seaweed artwork of Josie Iselin.

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An Ocean Garden: The Fine Art of Seaweed

January 01, 2015 by Josie Iselin

An excerpt from author and artist Josie Iselin’s stunning new book An Ocean Garden

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From the Bottom Up at Mountain Lake

January 30, 2015 by Dhyana Levey

With San Francisco’s Mountain Lake once again clean enough to support native species, its managers are reintroducing the basic building blocks of a healthy ecosystem.

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It’s a Big Bay With a Lot of Low-Lying Waterfront, and the Sea Level is Rising

January 26, 2015 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Sea level rise forces hard decisions and creative thinking about the San Francisco Bay’s crowded waterfront.

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Bay Buffet: The Spawn of the Pacific Herring

January 08, 2015 by Eric Simons

The pulses in this silver fish wave, reaching up to a mile long by a mile wide, represent perhaps the largest aggregations of animals you’ll ever find in Northern California.

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