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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?


A Voice for Native Plants Turns 50

January 07, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

U ntil a few years ago, few people knew about the rare plant communities that persisted quietly in a lightly used city park in the Oakland hills. If people were aware of Knowland Park it was largely because of its proximity to the Oakland Zoo, which sits in a corner of the park and manages […]

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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.


Bayview: Eye-Opening “Functional Beauty”

January 01, 2015 by David Loeb

I f you’re going to succeed as a species in this world, you need to get three things right: shelter, food, reproduction. Simple. But it’s the variety of ways in which living organisms go about meeting these three basic needs that gives rise to the mind-blowing diversity of life on the planet—all the shapes and […]

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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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Nowhere to Go But Up

January 26, 2015 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

We’ve built our cities right up the edge of the Bay, and it’s a big Bay so there’s lots of low-lying waterfront. Now sea level rise is forcing hard decisions and creative thinking about that 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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