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Bay Nature magazineOct-Dec 2008 Issue

Latest from Tilden Regional Park

Reaping the Harvest

October 01, 2008 by Joan Hamilton

It’s easy to forget how much of the Bay Area was once a working landscape. Row crops, orchards, and pastures held sway in places now covered by freeways and houses. But a surprising amount of that working land endures in our parks and preserves. In the East Bay, ranchers still run cattle on thousands of acres of land, both public and private. And in a few places, thanks to the East Bay Regional Park District, kids and adults can learn firsthand about skills people once took for granted: how to plant a seed, plow a field, grind grain into flour, or spin wool into yarn.

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At Home with the Packrats

October 01, 2007 by Alan Kaplan

What's that pile of sticks over there? It could be the home of a dusky-footed woodrat. If you could see inside, you'd find a tidy little home complete with bedrooms, a pantry, and even a few latrines!


Record Spring Rain, 2006

July 01, 2007 by Aleta George

All that springtime rain may seem a distant memory now, but the record still holds: San Francisco had the rainiest ...

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Nature at the Table

July 01, 2007 by Chris Clarke

On summer weekends, the nearly 4,000 picnic tables of the East Bay Regional Park District are packed with families from many of the Bay Area's diverse communities, returning year after year to their favorite spots, along with great blue herons hunting gophers, crows and ravens pillaging trash cans, and raccoons swiping meat right off the grill. All just part of the curious ecology of our local picnic areas.

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Botanic Magic

January 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

On just ten acres in the Berkeley hills, there's an enchanting garden that hosts much of California's vast botanic diversity. The Regional Parks Botanic Garden—Northern California's only public garden focused on our state's native plants—is a center for conservation, research, and public education. Rare and endangered plants from around the state have found a refuge here. And thousands of children and adults alike have walked the garden's paths, under the spell of our native flora.

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Visiting the Regional Parks Botanic Garden

January 01, 2007 by Sue Rosenthal

The Regional Parks Botanic Garden, in Tilden Regional Park, is a 10-acre landscape of plants native to California. The garden ...

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Equinox Sunrise Wheelchair Hike

October 01, 2006 by Ann Sieck

September 21, 2003, 4:30 a.m., Dan is moving about in the kitchen. There is a plan afoot, so to speak. ...

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Ubiquitous Eucalyptus

July 01, 2006 by Bill O’Brien

Some folks love their scent and shade; others resent them for crowding out natives; most of us know they came from Australia and found a niche here. But few know that the East Bay’s eucalypts owe their presence to one entrepreneur who thought the trees would make him rich. They didn’t, but now, love them or hate them, the trees are here to stay. Fortunately, some animals have profited from Mr. Havens’s mistake.

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Peaceful Coexistence with Deer

April 01, 2005 by Bruce Morris

The first time I began to pay closer attention to the small band of Columbian blacktail deer that coexist—more or ...


By the Water’s Edge

January 01, 2005 by Gordy Slack

The East Bay is home to 44 creeks that drain into San Francisco Bay—from small but well-protected Wildcat Creek in the north to the 700 square miles of Alameda Creek's watershed to the south.

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