Nature Conservancy magazine–The River’s Return

“When the sun peeped over the Sierra Madre,it slanted across a hundred miles of lovely desolation, a vast flat bowl of wilderness rimmed by jagged peaks,” wrote environmentalist Aldo Leopold, after canoeing the Colorado River delta in 1922. “On the map the Delta was bisected by the river, but in fact the river was nowhere […]


Bay Nature magazine–Rancho Corral de Tierra: A sea to summit trek on the San Mateo coast

Francisco Guerrero y Palomares showed some singular foresight when he drew up a crude map in 1838 and said to the then-governor of Alta California something like, “That piece of land. That’s the one I want.” The young Mexican settler, who also served for a time as alcalde (mayor) of the small settlement at Yerba […]

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Modern Farmer website—Can a Lawsuit Save America’s Bees

Beekeepers are battling the EPA over pesticides they say are killing their hives— and they’re taking the fight to the courts. On a warm April afternoon in Oakdale — a small farming town in the San Joaquin Valley of California — beekeepers Steve Ellis (pictured above, with his hives) and Jeff Anderson sit at a […]


Audubon—Off the Beaten Path

Wildlife tracking is making a comeback, attracting outdoor enthusiasts and biologists alike. For some it’s an engrossing hobby; for others it’s a critical contribution to conservation. The wind pushes little whitecaps across the Columbia River in Washington about 130 miles east of Seattle. The morning is crisp, and 15 or more of us stand in a […]

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San Francisco Public Press—Treasure Island Redevelopment

Uncertain about rising seas, developers using mid-range to build up islands Most of Treasure Island will be inundated by the end of this century, if the documented progression of the ocean’s rise caused by climate change continues as predicted. Studies foresee sea-level rise ranging from as little as five inches to as much as six feet. The lowest parts of Treasure Island […]


Mother Jones—Not Under My Backyard

Big Coal wants to bury its carbon deep underground. Care to volunteer your town? During a stop on the campaign trail in 2008, Sen. Barack Obama told an audience in Lebanon, Virginia, “You can’t tell me we can’t figure out how to burn coal that we mine right here in the United States of America, […]


Audubon—book review essays

“What’s the Worst That Could Happen? A Rational Response to the Climate Change Debate“ By Greg Craven, Nov.-Dec., 2009. Greg Craven is an Internet phenomenon. Well over four million people have viewed his 10-minute YouTube video titled “The Most Terrifying Video You’ll Ever See”—which shows him scribbling on a whiteboard, weighing the outcomes of action […]


Plenty—Carbon Rush

A trillion-dollar market could be created as early as 2009 if the US decides to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. While consultants and financiers scramble to stake their claim in the carbon rush, the question that remains is: Will the environment emerge as the winner? On a February evening in the Butterfly Lounge overlooking San Francisco […]


PBS Frontline—HEAT

I was an off-camera reporter for “Heat,” a special two-hour documentary on business and climate change around the world, which aired on PBS Frontline Oct. 21, 2008. Rain Media, headed by correspondent Martin Smith, produced the film. April 2007 – November 2007. Read more about HEAT   Reviews Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times It’s […]


Bay Nature magazine–Making Their Mark: A Generation That Shaped the East Bay Regional Parks

It can take time for new ways of thinking to penetrate institutions. But the ideas driving the environmental and social movements of the early 1970s gained a strong foothold in the East Bay Regional Park District, thanks in large part to a cohort of young park workers hired during that decade. These workers, many of […]


Bay Nature magazine—Animal Tracking: Signs of Life

The waning gibbous moon looked like a bright thumbprint stamped on the morning sky as I walked along a frosty stretch of trail in Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, in the hills just north of Livermore. Veteran East Bay Regional Park District Naturalist Cat Taylor had agreed to help me learn to identify tracks and signs […]


University of Texas Press—Animals and Plants of the Ancient Maya: A Guide

From the back cover… By Victoria Schlesinger, introduction by Carlos Galindo-Leal, illustrated by Juan C. Chab-Medina University of Texas Press, 2002 A growing interest in all things Maya brings an increasing number of visitors to prehistoric Maya ruins and contemporary Maya communities in Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, western Honduras, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the southern […]