Northern California’s native fish may be down — but they’re not out, as Glen Martin writes in Bay Nature’s fall 2013 issue. We also head south to condor country to unlock the secrets of the Monterey Shale, north to Mendocino for a walk through the spectacular California Coastal National Monument, and into our acidifying ocean to show that a French philosopher’s visions of an ocean turned to lemonade aren’t so harmonious after all.
Cover photo, of a hooded merganser contemplating lunch — or a stickleback contemplating mortality — by Steve Zamek.
For fall 2013, Bay Nature uncovers secrets in the Monterey Shale (under a condor’s watchful eye), reveals the natural history of struggling native fish, and walks a breathtaking — and newly accessible — stretch of the Mendocino coast. Plus lichens, king tides, and tree frogs!
For the past 20 years, Mill Valley native Sue Gardner has run the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s Park Stewardship program, connecting people to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), the nation’s largest urban national park.
Stewardship | Urban Nature
Q: I collect rainwater to use on my garden and I’ve found Pacific chorus frogs in the black garbage can that collects the rainwater, but I’ve never seen eggs or tadpoles in there. I wonder why not; would they be too small to see? [Marian, San Jose]
Ask the Naturalist
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then imagine the power of thousands of pictures of actual rising sea levels — even if, for now, the high water only lasts for a few hours or days at a time.
When I walked into Bay Nature’s office in February 2004, I had never run a magazine before. I was 29 years old. For the first year or two, it was often disconcerting when I’d meet authors, sources, or photographers in person after working with them for months on an issue of the magazine. They’d say, […]
But the pressure to exploit these resources isn’t going away anytime soon either, nor is the debate over the wisdom of doing so. As we weigh the pros and cons, a missing piece of the conversation is the land itself: What is the Monterey Formation? What is it made of and how did it get here? And what kind of habitats, plants, and animals live atop it?
Climate Change | Farming, Ranching, Foraging | Geology
Lichens of any sort aren’t plants. Lichens are not so much a taxonomic category as a way of life; as lichenologist Trevor Goward put it, “Lichens are fungi that have discovered agriculture.”
Plants and Fungi
The link between dry land and deep water may soon be better recognized thanks to twin efforts to link together 3,300 acres of spectacular public shoreline and to make that land part of the California Coastal National Monument, a sprawling protected area almost no one’s ever heard of.
Geology | Habitats: Land | Recreation
It can be said that the nature of nature is change. That doesn’t mean change is necessarily good or bad. It just is. And the best advice is often to embrace the change instead of digging in your heels in a hopeless attempt to prevent it.
Seawater has historically been alkaline, but is increasingly becoming less so. What does this mean for the ocean ecosystem in general? And along the California coast in particular? We’re just beginning to figure that out.
Climate Change | Wildlife: Birds, Mammals, Fish
Our native fish may be down, but they’re not out, they’re hanging on in ecosystems they once ruled. And biologists and environmental advocates alike are working to make things better. The fish have advocates, and the exhibit is a tool for that advocacy, a means of engaging the public at large.
Habitats: Freshwater, Bay, Marine | Wildlife: Birds, Mammals, Fish