Go behind the scenes with local nature in Bay Nature’s January-March 2015 issue. Delve into the secret beauty of seaweeds with ocean artist Josie Iselin, peer closely into the amazing world of lichens with Stephen Sharnoff, imagine the largest school of fish in the San Francisco Bay, and ponder the longevity and quiet strength of the resilient coyote. Our January issue also reveals the history, botany, and geography of Rancho Corral de Tierra on the San Mateo County Coast, reports on new developments in dealing with sea level rise, watches a restoration in the Presidio that begins with the plants you can’t see, and checks in just below the frothing surf to answer a most mysterious question: how do seaweeds stay in place amidst all those waves?
Cover photo: The specialized sporophyll blades of a giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) generate spores that will disperse in the ocean and turn into the next generation of this large, ecosystem-building marine algae. (Josie Iselin, lovingblind.com)