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Bay Nature magazineJuly-September 2012

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Point Reyes: Renewed by Fire

July 01, 2012 by David Rains Wallace

When I started visiting Point Reyes in the 1970s, the landscape from Limantour Beach up to the crest of Inverness Ridge had a special appeal. I had spent my early childhood in the New England countryside in the 1940s, so vestiges of the pre-Seashore ranching days made me nostalgic--homestead sites, dammed lakes, fence lines, timothy hay growing in old fields. On the other hand, watching the wild ecosystem come back, with its brush rabbits, jackrabbits, quail, hawks, and bobcats, was endlessly fascinating.

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Western gray squirrels, the forest thumpers

June 22, 2012 by David Rains Wallace

Tree squirrels can seem marginal in cities. But in the bishop pine forests at Point Reyes National Seashore, Western gray squirrels are the only animals known to open pine cones and disperse the seeds. They are bold, sizable, and entirely wild -- unlike their urban cousins. And their sheer bravado shows what a spirited creature a squirrel can be.


Fire on the Ridge

July 01, 2005 by Sim Van der Ryn

On a clear January day in 2005, I took a walk up from my house on the east slope of ...

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