For Fall 2014, Bay Nature explores the hidden life of the turkey vulture, a common but surprisingly mysterious regular in the Bay Area. Nature and culture writer Aleta George delves into the intertwined history of hunting and conservation, following prominent conservationists and environmentalists into the duck blinds and hunting grounds of Northern California. Longtime Sonoma Mountain resident Glen Martin takes a nostalgic walk on a soon-to-be-public Sonoma Mountain trail. Lexi Pandell chronicles a new generation of park workers in the East Bay, and the challenges they face as the East Bay Regional Park District looks to the future. And Bay Nature online editor Alison Hawkes asks: where has California’s water gone, and with climate change, is it coming back?
This issue features hunting’s long legacy of conservation, a walk through the Ridge Trail’s new crowning jewel in Sonoma, a tour of the East Bay Parks through the eyes of its young staffers, and an exploration of drought and climate change.
We can't control the rain. But that doesn't mean there's nothing we can do. Bay Nature Publisher David Loeb on California's drought.
When you’re eyeball to eyeball with a turkey vulture, you wonder how he perceives you. (My “he” is Vladimir, a 30-year-old male, permanent resident of WildCare in San Rafael.) You may think of William Leon Dawson, an early celebrant of California birds: “…when the buzzard sweeps low to bend upon you an inquiring eye, you […]
Wildlife: Birds, Mammals, Fish
Nature and culture writer Aleta George takes hunting field trips with a noted conservationists -- and finds an extended series of lessons about the intimate and indelible connection between hunting and conservation.
Human History | Stewardship | Urban Nature | Wildlife: Birds, Mammals, Fish
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, an ambitious project to knit together the Bay Area’s diverse ridgeline parks and open spaces. So far, over 340 out of a projected 550 miles of the trail are complete and open to the public. In recognition of this milestone, we invite you […]
Habitats: Land | Recreation | Stewardship
In the glare of the bright sunshine flooding Duffel Meadow, a pale swath of cattle-trodden grassland near Orinda, several dozen lumpy burlap sacks lie gray and ragged, no more conspicuous than a pile of compost, in two natural swales. But each bag’s straw and wood chip stuffing is threaded with a rich web of mushroom […]
Plants and Fungi | Stewardship