Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wishful thinking about landfills


Ours is a consumer economy. That’s a misleading term, since much of what we “consume” ends up in landfills. And although state and federal regulations have improved landfills over the last 50 years, they still pose problems. They take up space, can change the behavior of flora and fauna, and are environmentally destructive in the long run.



Friday, March 8, 2019

Science and delight at Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie's unique ecosystem attracts scientists, including four fabulous women
Jaymee Marty at Jepson Prairie (Photo by Ian Shive)
Restoration ecologist Jaymee Marty remembers the day that she saw her first Delta green ground beetle, a rare, quarter-inch-long beetle found only in the Greater Jepson Prairie area.
"The only way to see them is to sit completely still for 20 or 30 minutes. If you move at all, they freeze and blend into the vegetation," she said of the elusive metallic-green beetle she eventually saw on the edge of Olcott Lake at Jepson Prairie.
Read more about four women who have contributed to the understanding and education of the prairie in this article I wrote for Solano Land Trust. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Opening the Coast to All

Photo by Alison Taggart-Barone,
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Although many Californians visit the coast, most don't deepen their experience by spending the night, especially those who are younger, are in a lower-income family, or are people of color.



Read my latest article for the Bay Area Monitor to learn how agencies and non-profits are working to provide equitable access to low-cost overnight accommodations on the coast.