Our summer 2010 issue encompasses the long-lasting rocks of the East Bay hills and geology of Salt Point State Park and the ephemeral MaryAnn Nardo’s stunning paintings of delicate local butterflies, as well as efforts to protect and restore habitat for rare species on East Bay Regional Park District lands, conditions that create our welcome summer afternoon breezes around the Bay, and the amazing communication that happens within the colony of ants that’s crashing your picnic.
Cover illustration by MaryAnn Nardo.
Our summer 2010 issue encompasses the long-lasting rocks of the East Bay hills and geology of Salt Point State Park and the ephemeral MaryAnn Nardo’s stunning paintings of delicate local butterflies.
How the heck do all those ants find you every time you sit down at a park for a nice picnic? The short answer is: sheer numbers and good communication. But there’s a lot more to know about ants than that...
Jack Laws finds new wonders at a familiar haunt.
Q: Rumor has it there might have been a waterfall at the Golden Gate during the last ice age, when sea level was at its lowest. Is there any evidence for this? [Cisco, Oakland] A: Well, there is no incontrovertible evidence for a “waterfall” at the Golden Gate, but there very well could have been […]
Ask the Naturalist | The Bay
The new Habitat Conservation Plan in East Contra Costa County has been short on money, but land prices almost couldn’t be better.
Naturalist and artist Jack Laws throws his whole body and soul into inspiring people to love, and understand, the natural world around them. His field guides are amazing, but have you seen his impersonation of a jumping spider? Not to be missed...
Come fall, the male tarantulas get restless and go looking for a mate. Look carefully, and you just might see some of the action.
We don’t even have a word for an oil spill that drags out over five decades, but that’s just what happened with one ship that sank off the Golden Gate. Now, funds are flowing to help mend the damage.
Managing Rare Species in the Metropolis
With millions of people and millions of acres of open space, the Bay Area is a lively, and sometimes uneasy, blend of wild and urban. In the East Bay, dozens of rare species -- from birds along the Bay to wildflowers in the hills -- survive against the odds thanks in part to the East Bay Regional Park District, whose staff does everything from creating nesting islands to clearing trees for the sake of imperiled plants and animals.
Urban Nature | Wildlife
This issue of Bay Nature rocks!
This is a story about a little-known bird that's no owl, eagle, or peacock. It's not featured on a stamp or in a Disney cartoon. Most people haven't heard of it and can't even pronounce its name. But dig deeper into the marbled murrelet (that's MER-let, not mure-a-LET), and you'll find a story of scientific mystery and dedicated people working to help an increasingly scarce bird and its habitat.
The Butterfly Art of MaryAnn Nardo
MaryAnn Nardo's luminous watercolors capture species' whole life cycles, from larvae feeding on host plants to winged adults in search of nectar.
Art and Design | Wildlife
Climbing and Geology in the Berkeley Hills
Berkeley native Erik Vance first encountered the rocks of the East Bay hills as a teenager looking for excitement. For a century, geologists at UC Berkeley have used them to teach geologic mapping, in the process unraveling the complex geology of our hills. And for decades pioneering rock climbers learned techniques here that they took with them to the Sierra and beyond.
Climbing | Geology
The Sea-sculpted Rocks of Salt Point
You'll find some of Central California's most remarkable rocks at this state park on the Sonoma coast. Here, waves, fault lines, and changes in sea level have left sublime stories written into the landscape.
Summer is the season for sea breezes in the Bay Area, and no one knows that better than the kite-boarders, windsurfers, and sailors who ply the Bay every chance they get.
The Bay | Weather