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Oct-Dec 2012

Our cover story brings you the goods on the wild world of mushrooms. Plus we have features about the vanishing coho of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the 40th anniversary of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space district, Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, and more. Cover photo by Ron Wolf.


Right On Course with John Wade, Farallon Islands Patrol Skipper

October 04, 2012 by Daniel McGlynn

John Wade is one of about 20 skippers who make up the Farallon Patrol for PRBO Conservation Science. Skippers offer their boats and volunteer their time to sail to the Farallon Islands, a shuttle and resupply the scientists who live and work on Southeast Farallon Island, a critical seabird and marine mammal breeding site. The […]

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On the Lookout for Coho Salmon South of San Francisco

September 27, 2012 by Michael Carl

Fisherman Michael Carl set out over the course of three seasons in search of the vanishing coho salmon of his home waters in the Santa Cruz Mountains.


Stilt vs. Avocet

October 16, 2012 by John Muir Laws

Jack Laws lays it out on two of our most charismatic shorebirds: the black-necked stilt and the American avocet. Check it out!   Like this article?There’s lots more where this came from…Subscribe to Bay Nature magazine

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Bob Berner, Protecting Marin Farms for 28 Years

November 13, 2012 by Aleta George

Bob Berner, the founding director of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, is retiring at the end of 2012, but not before protecting fully half of West Marin’s farmland.

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Fight for Daly City Dunes

October 26, 2012 by Aleta George

Remnant dunes in Daly City hint at the long-lost sands of San Francisco. And the folks at San Bruno Mountain Watch would like to keep it that way, despite proposals to build houses here.

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From the Redwoods to the Sea at Purisima Open Space Preserve

September 27, 2012 by Lisa M. Krieger

For over 130 years, Lobitos Ridge has been climbed only by cattle. So when we push open a stiff gate and ascend a steep pasture, tall grasses snap at our ankles. We sidestep old fences and prickly thistle. In a gentle swale, we admire a muddy stock pond, rich with tadpoles. It’s a sneak peek […]


Climate Chronicles: A Sea Change for Seabirds on the Farallon Islands

October 04, 2012 by Glen Martin

You’ll likely smell them before you see them: A rich ammoniac scent engulfs our boat, and then they loom out of the fog – spires of naked rock, eerily lunar in configuration. And as they emerge, there’s an aural accompaniment: the cackles and squawks of hundreds of thousands of seabirds, with the bellows of thou-sands of pinnipeds […]

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Volunteers Stick to it at Suisun Marsh

October 12, 2012 by Aleta George

On a 21-foot aluminum boat floating in Suisun Marsh, Amanda Schwabe heaves up the otter trawl as Cesar Morales coils the rope on deck. When Schwabe brings up the net, Captain Teejay O’Rear pours its contents into a shallow pan. In bibbed waders provided by UC Davis, O’Rear and three volunteers (myself included) reach into […]

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When Red-Shouldered Hawks Arrive, You’ll Hear them First and Loudest

October 16, 2012 by Allen Fish

The red-shouldered hawk is perhaps California’s noisiest raptor. There’s a reason for it.


Deciding the Fate of Searsville Dam

November 07, 2012 by Aleta George

San Franciscans voted in a landslide against an effort to study the removal of Hetch Hetchy. A few dozen miles south, at Stanford, another campaign aims to remove the much smaller Searsville Dam, which blocks steelhead spawning while also creating wetland habitat.


Planet Fungi

September 27, 2012 by Joe Eaton

It may be safely said that there are two kinds of people: those who notice mushrooms and those who don’t. Likewise, there are two kinds of noticers: the appreciative and the appalled. Retired East Bay Regional Park District naturalist Ron Russo sums up years of visitor reaction: “For the most part there’s a general disdain. […]


Mapping the future of the coast

October 04, 2012 by David Loeb

Most of the people in the world–and most of their infrastructure–can be found in jurisdictions bordering the coast or coastal watersheds. The Bay Area is no exception. However, in this era of climate change, the benefits of living close to the shoreline are accompanied by the peril of rising sea levels and more frequent major […]

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Will this year’s good ocean conditions last?

November 15, 2012 by Aleta George

The first thing we heard was the exhalation of the animal,” says marine ecologist Kirsten Lindquist about the blue whale that surfaced close to R/V Fulmar during a research trip in late July. The trip was run by ACCESS, Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies, a collaborative research project of PRBO Conservation Science and two of […]

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