In our summer issue, our longest ever, we've got a special section celebrating the 50th anniversary of Point Reyes National Seashore, along with features on the Napa River's ecological history, Sonoma's new Bohemia Preserve, teaching kids geometry in nature, and more.
Some our favorite writers contributed to our Point Reyes special: Jules Evens, Judith Lowry, Greg Sarris, Claire Peaslee. All have long connection to Point Reyes and bring us intimate portraits of the signature habitats of one of our region's signature parks.
Robin Grossinger, a brilliant student of local ecological history, brings us a taste of his new Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas, with tales of long-lost marshes, beaver ponds, and braided channels where now we have mostly vineyards and a narrow river channel.
Wendy Tokuda, longtime television journalist and East Bay weed warrior, tells a story of fire management through the lens of one plot in Redwood Regional Park, where land managers are using controlled fire to reduce the risk of wildfires.
Jacoba Charles heads up to Sonoma to visit the new Bohemia Ecological Preserve, a new "people-powered park". The preserve, a collaboration between the nonprofits LandPaths and Sonoma Land Trust, protects hundreds of acres that include rare plants and important stream courses.
We also have stories about cuckoo wasps (which pack brilliant colors and a dramatic life cycle into one small package), burrowing owls (from artist extraordinaire Jack Laws), and a new project to turn beach cleanups into data-gathering missions to help stem the tide of marine plastics.