Our spring 2013 issue journeys to Clear Lake, where grebes nest by the thousands, all kinds of wildlife are plentiful. A growing network of trails on land and water is turning the region into a great destination for birders, kayakers, and hikers too. The spring issue also brings you up close with wildlife: We meet the “acoustic ecologists” recording and preserving the natural soundscapes of places like Muir Woods. Then we head out with East Bay naturalists to learn to read the tracks and signs wildlife leave behind. Our climate change series highlights the California Phenology Project, a program that transforms regular people into data-gatherers helping chart the timing of plant blooms and other cycles already shifting thanks to climate change.
The spring 2013 issue takes you to Clear Lake for great birding and kayaking, introduces you to the fascinating people helping record and preserve natural soundscapes, helps you learn a more about the tracks and signs wildlife leave behind, and more!
John Muir Laws turns his naturalist's eye and paintbrushes to the hound's tongue, one of our early spring bloomers.
Nature sounds make up the rich soundscapes of redwood forests, marshes, and our backyards. Learn how you can listen and help protect your local soundscape!
Plenty of wildlife roams the Bay Area. With help from expert naturalists, you can learn to read the messages they leave behind in their tracks and signs.
Last winter I noticed a different bird in the bare branches of the London plane trees outside the office. A yellow-rumped warbler. Not an uncommon bird, yet not one I would expect to see next to a cement plant.
Ithuriel's spear and similar flowers are some of our most charismatic springtime blooms. Just don't drive off the road next time they show their stuff!
Volunteers are transforming Pedro Point, home to the new Devil's Slide tunnels, into a healthier wildlife habitat that's also a great outdoors destination.
It's not easy to catch up with Cindy Moreno. The daughter of immigrant farmworkers from the Central Valley and a recent graduate in environmental studies from San Jose State, Cindy is doing more than her share for the environment.
Farming and Ranching | Kids and Nature
In December 2012, the Bay Area, and the world, lost one of its most eloquent spokespeople for and about birds. Rich Stallcup, a cofounder of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (now PRBO Conservation Science), was an unrivaled birder and teacher. Here are two of the dozens of remembrances posted on PRBO’s online guestbook: More than anyone […]
Stewardship | Wildlife
2013 Local Hero award-winner Seth Adams of Save Mount Diablo is a big-picture guy, but he also revels in the details of wildflowers, maps, building a trail, or building a coalition.
We’ve thought about doing a piece on Clear Lake for a long time: It’s a wildlife magnet just over two hours from our office in Berkeley, and yet relatively few Bay Area nature lovers ever visit. You might imagine that Clear Lake was named for the clarity of its water. Not so. It turns out […]
Recreation | Wildlife
Barnacles are hermaphroditic -- they contain both male and female sex organs. You're thinking, "Well, they always have a date on Saturday night." No, it's a really bad idea to self-fertilize: Inbreeding results in little genetic diversity. Worms, slugs, snails -- slow-moving animals with low rates of encounter -- are all hermaphroditic. And you could not get any slower than an adult barnacle!
Ask the Naturalist | Wildlife