The 1,220-acre Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Park, near the Oakland Airport, includes 72 acres of restored wetlands and the distinctively shaped Arrowhead Marsh, which reaches out into the waters of San Leandro Bay. These wetlands, in the midst of a commercial and industrial zone, form an important habitat for birds migrating on the […]
Habitats: Freshwater, Bay, Marine | Recreation | Stewardship | Uncategorized | Urban Nature
The first-ever publication on trends, historical accounts, and locations of past and current Bay Area heron and egret breeding colonies, dating back to 1967, is nearing completion and will be available later this year. The authors, researchers from Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) and San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, identified more than 80 breeding colonies of […]
Wildlife: Birds, Mammals, Fish
If you want to get acquainted with some local marine life, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s new Ocean’s Edge exhibits, which open on Memorial Day weekend. “Ocean’s Edge will connect visitors to ocean life and protection of the world’s oceans as never before,” says executive director Julie Packard. In the new galleries, visitors can view […]
Habitats: Freshwater, Bay, Marine
In 1962, community activists on the Peninsula banded together in an effort to save the area’s wild places from development. They named themselves the Committee for Green Foothills (www.greenfoothills.org), and chose renowned teacher, writer, and environmentalist Wallace Stegner to be the founding president. Now, the life of Wallace Stegner, who lived in the Los Altos […]
From June 1 to June 5, San Francisco will host World Environment Day 2005, the first time this 33-year-old international event has been celebrated in North America. WED was established by the United Nations in 1972 to stimulate public action to protect the environment. San Francisco was chosen as host this year for its “leadership […]
Parking the car in front of my house a few weeks ago, I noticed movement across the street. It was a deer—a mature doe, I believe—walking up the sidewalk in the early evening twilight. Aware of my presence, but not spooked by it, she passed between two parked cars and ambled up the street. I […]
It certainly seems that we’re seeing more deer all over our neighborhoods. But how can these large mammals make a living among all the cars and houses? Writer Bruce Morris took the time to observe the deer in his suburban Belmont backyard. What he learned may surprise you: These deer weren’t just “making do”; they were thriving. With surprisingly small home ranges, suburbanized deer are redefining our built landscapes to fit their needs—an orchard becomes a fawning zone, an abandoned garden a nursery, a wooded lot a feeding area.
Habitats: Land | Human History | Recreation | Uncategorized | Wildlife: Birds, Mammals, Fish
According to the ranchers and cowboys who ran cattle in the rugged Diablo Range southeast of San Jose, Sada Sutcliffe Coe (1910-1979) could ride a horse as well, if not better, than any of them. Several years of “proper” education at eastern boarding schools failed to breed out of her a fierce love for this […]
We all know that the East Bay hills are ripe for an earthquake, but volcanoes? Don't look for lava in the headlines anytime soon, but there is a place in Oakland where an ancient volcano has laid bare a tale of fiery eruptions, long-extinct ecosystems, and the massive movements of tectonic plates. Many people go to Sibley Regional Preserve for the views of Mount Diablo or the quirky labyrinths at the bottoms of old quarry pits. But look closely at the trailside rocks, and you’ll see lava flows and a volcano turned on its side!
Climate Change | Geology | Habitats: Land | Uncategorized
The Bay Area is home to a surprising variety of butterflies, moths, and skippers; local artist and avid lepidopterist Liam O’Brien gets outside with his field journal whenever he can, to record them with his unusual mixture of drawing, painting, collage, and writing. A beautiful sunny day out in the oak savanna of Mount Diablo brought two rare species into view, and onto the pages of Liam’s notebook.
Wildlife: Invertebrates, Reptiles, Amphibians
When it comes to wildflowers, you can’t do any better than a visit to Henry Coe, Northern California’s largest state park. Winslow Briggs, who wrote the book on the park’s trails, walks us through a year of blooms, taking us from season to season in a wild but accessible landscape.
Habitats: Land | Plants and Fungi | Recreation | Uncategorized
In response to a landmark state ocean bill signed into law last year, top state agencies are taking aggressive steps to protect California’s coastline and marine habitats from overfishing and pollution. The new law, the California Ocean Protection Act (COPA), builds on recommendations by the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and Pew Oceans Commission, whose […]
Habitats: Freshwater, Bay, Marine