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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.


The Life Cycle of a Caterpillar That Lives in Coyote Scat

October 01, 2014 by John Muir Laws

What is waste for a coyote is a resource for a moth.

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Letter from the Publisher: 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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A Turkey Vulture Named Vlad, and the History of a Common, Indispensable and Little-Known Bird

November 06, 2014 by Joe Eaton

Turkey vultures are a common sight in the Bay Area, but we still know little about them.

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Q&A: Open Space Planner David Hansen on How to Design Good Trails

October 01, 2014 by Eric Simons

David Hansen helped conserve and develop Marin open spaces including Olompali, China Camp, Mount Burdell, Lucas Valley, and Roy’s Redwoods.

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Was California’s Extreme Drought Part of Our New Climate Normal?

October 01, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Was California’s record-breaking 2013-2015 drought a window into the future?

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Conservationists Who Hunt Describe their Connection to Nature

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.


Explore a New Segment of the Ridge Trail On a Newly Opened Part of Sonoma Mountain

October 07, 2014 by Glen Martin

A writer who lived on Sonoma Mountain walks us through a new segment of Ridge Trail that opens his onetime backyard to the public.


Meet the People Who Will Run the Parks of the Bay Area’s Future

October 22, 2014 by Lexi Pandell

The Bay Area 25 years from now will look very different. How do up-and-coming naturalists at the largest park district in the country plan to keep the parks relevant in a time of technological, cultural and environmental change?


How an East Bay Water Agency is Experimenting with Mushrooms to Improve Water Quality

November 06, 2014 by Sara Bernard

A pioneering experiment in the East Bay shows how mushrooms can reduce toxins or harmful microbes in the water supply

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Ask the Naturalist: Which Bird Migrates Farthest to Get to the Bay Area?

October 01, 2014 by Michael Ellis

A reader wonders which bird travels the farthest each year to arrive in the Bay Area

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