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Jul-Sep 2013

Bay Nature Institute joins this year’s celebration of “The Year of the Bay” with the publication of a special 16-page insert by award-winning environmental journalist Ariel Rubissow Okamoto.  Baylands Reborn: Restoration and Renewal on San Francisco Bay traces the development of the art and science of wetland restoration around the Bay and looks at the enormous benefits for wildlife and society that the largest wetland restoration initiatives on the west coast have produced.

This issue also features the winners of our “Fun on the Bay” photo contest, and showcases the otherworldly realm of Bay plankton with microscope photos from acclaimed National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager. Beyond the Bay, we’re profiling the oft-heard but not-often-seen wrentit, following fog researchers into the redwoods, and visiting Butano State Park, Big Basin’s lesser-known sibling.

Cover: A tiny salt marsh harvest mouse trapped by a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist to be measured and then released back into its pickleweed habitat. Photo: Judy Irving (c) Pelican Media

We’ll publish issue content incrementally after July 1.

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Monitoring steelhead: Counting the fish after they’ve hatched

June 30, 2013 by Daniel McGlynn

A new study aims to see how well our steelhead trout are doing AFTER they’ve grown up a bit. Are they getting big enough to survive in the ocean?

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Huey Johnson takes the long road

June 30, 2013 by David Kupfer

Huey Johnson was the first Nature Conservancy employee west of the Mississippi. He founded the Trust for Public Land. He’s still going strong.

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Baylands Public Access

June 29, 2013 by Sue Rosenthal

San Francisco Bay is surrounded by amazing wetlands and wetland restoration projects, but they can be hard to find. Here’s everything you need to get there.

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Fog and redwoods: Demystifying the mist

June 30, 2013 by Joan Hamilton

Fog means survival for many Bay Area plants and animals. What will happen to this life-giving airborne moisture in an era of global warming?


How Can You Tell Male vs Female Lizards?

July 07, 2013 by Michael Ellis

Q: Is there a way to tell the difference between male vs female lizards? How do they attract their mates? [Saundra, Concord] A: One way, Saundra, is to wait until spring and watch them mate: The male is on top. But I bet you want more details than that. The Bay Area’s most common lizard […]


Baylands Reborn

June 29, 2013 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Half a century after activists stopped the filling of San Francisco Bay, the region is in the midst of an ambitious effort to restore some 100,000 acres of former Bay wetlands.

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Waist Deep in North Bay Wetlands

July 01, 2013 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

North Bay wetlands restoration is in high gear along Highway 37, where restoration planners and crews are making big strides in bringing back the tides.

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Sailor’s Guide Nature Guide

July 09, 2013 by John Muir Laws

Jack Laws brings us a guide SF Bay wildlife just in time for the America’s Cup.

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Baylands Reborn: Introduction

June 29, 2013 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Mrs. Semino once had to put on a pair of rubber boots to cook her Thanksgiving turkey. It was a long time ago, in the 1920s, when she and her husband lived by the banks of Sonoma Creek in a place called Wingo. After a storm or high tide, Wingo’s half dozen cabin floors returned […]

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Listen for the Wrentit, Probably North America’s Most Sedentary Bird

June 30, 2013 by Claire Peaslee

Wrentits just don’t go far. So when you hear their song in the same place twice, you’re probably listening to the same bird or its offspring.

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Bay Restoration: Lines in the Mud

June 30, 2013 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Over decades of struggle, San Francisco Bay restoration has become the expectation, a difficult challenge still, but one everyone’s agreed to fight for.

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Leaves of Three: The Rash Success of Poison Oak

June 30, 2013 by Joe Eaton and Ron Sullivan

Poison oak is one native plant people love to hate. But it does have a good side, feeding birds and other wildlife. For people, the best thing is to learn to recognize it, and step aside.


Year of the Bay: Let’s put our backs into making a better Bay

June 30, 2013 by David Loeb

This summer’s confluence of the Americas Cup races and the presumptive opening of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge (if they can figure out what to do about those pesky bolts) has some people calling 2013 the Year of the Bay. At Bay Nature we say that every day is Earth Day, so […]

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Miniature Marvels: San Francisco Bay Plankton

July 01, 2013 by Bay Nature

Photographer David Liittschwager set out to capture one cubic foot of San Francisco Bay. The results are extraordinary, like a cross between alien life forms and fine jewelry.

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