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Oct-Dec 2014

For fall 2014, Bay Nature explores the hidden life of the turkey vulture, a common but surprisingly mysterious regular in the Bay Area. Nature and culture writer Aleta George delves into the intertwined history of hunting and conservation, following prominent conservationists and environmentalists into the duck blinds and hunting grounds of Northern California. Longtime Sonoma Mountain resident Glen Martin takes a nostalgic walk on a soon-to-be-public Sonoma Mountain trail. Lexi Pandell chronicles a new generation of park workers in the East Bay, and the challenges they face as the East Bay Regional Park District looks to the future. And Bay Nature online editor Alison Hawkes asks: where has California’s water gone — and with climate change, is it coming back?

Cover photo, of a turkey vulture at Pescadero State Beach, by Hank Christensen.


Bayview: California’s Water Year

September 24, 2014 by David Loeb

We can’t control the rain. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing we can do. Bay Nature Publisher David Loeb on California’s drought.

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Turkey Vultures, Our Underappreciated Undertakers

November 06, 2014 by Joe Eaton

When you’re eyeball to eyeball with a turkey vulture, you wonder how he perceives you. (My “he” is Vladimir, a 30-year-old male, permanent resident of WildCare in San Rafael.) You may think of William Leon Dawson, an early celebrant of California birds: “…when the buzzard sweeps low to bend upon you an inquiring eye, you […]

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The View From the Blind: Hunters Take Aim for Conservation

October 14, 2014 by Aleta George

Nature and culture writer Aleta George takes hunting field trips with a noted conservationists — and finds an extended series of lessons about the intimate and indelible connection between hunting and conservation.


Lofty Ambitions: The Ridge Trail Opens Up Sonoma Mountain

October 07, 2014 by Glen Martin

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, an ambitious project to knit together the Bay Area’s diverse ridgeline parks and open spaces. So far, over 340 out of a projected 550 miles of the trail are complete and open to the public. In recognition of this milestone, we invite you […]


Meet the Future: A New Generation Rising at the East Bay Parks

October 22, 2014 by Lexi Pandell

The EBRPD has become known for fostering long-term employees, but the baby boomers who were hired during the district’s major expansion years of the 1970s are retiring.


Mushrooms to the Rescue!

November 06, 2014 by Sara Bernard

In the glare of the bright sunshine flooding Duffel Meadow, a pale swath of cattle-trodden grassland near Orinda, several dozen lumpy burlap sacks lie gray and ragged, no more conspicuous than a pile of compost, in two natural swales. But each bag’s straw and wood chip stuffing is threaded with a rich web of mushroom […]

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