Bay Nature’s January-March issue kicks off 2017 with a deep look at the body of water that binds everyone living in the region: the Bay. In a ten-page spread with photographs by National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager, the story explores our present, past, and future relationship to this often overlooked, wild place and is written by Bay Nature editorial director Eric Simons. Another story peers inside ourselves and at our physiological responses to nature—“why does the outdoors make us feel so good?” asks Bay Nature contributing editor Alison Hawkes. Two lyrical vignettes about redwood logging in the East Bay hills and coal mining around Mt. Diablo in the 1800s are excerpted from Heyday’s forthcoming book Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area by Sylvia Linsteadt. Hike along the bluffs in northern Año Nuevo State Park with botanist Toni Corelli and writer Nate Seltenrich and get an update on the California Coastal Trail. Also read a first person essay by Outdoor Afro founder Rue Mapp, a paean to the noisy Pacific chorus frog, about a program to help orphaned sea otter pups in Monterey, and much, much more.
Cover image by Diane Poslosky