.Alastair Bland

Jul 21, 2021

Salmon Suffer In a State of Drought

So many salmon once spawned each year in the Central Valley that humans all but lived on them, and chemical traces of the fish...
Nov 6, 2019

Saving Salmon

Salmon three feet long seem to clog the water as the chrome-colored fish, fresh from the ocean, begin their journey upriver toward the high-elevation...
Oct 2, 2019

Urchin Matters

Kelp Killers Unbridled urchins are a menace to aquatic plants and abalone. Some breathe through scuba gear, while others hold their breath—and each carries a...
May 7, 2014

Morel of the Story

One of the biggest flushes of morel mushrooms in living memory, a sought-after, spring-time ingredient at many top-tier restaurants, is now bursting from the...
Feb 12, 2014

After the Deluge

Last weekend, rain fell in drenching, gushing sheets across Northern California. Stream levels bounced up, fish again had room to swim and farmers saw...
Jan 8, 2014

Mice Capades

From 1980 through 2003, Peter Pyle worked at the Farallon Islands off the coast of Marin. The veteran bird researcher counted seabirds, observed them...
Dec 18, 2013

Capping the Stem

The age-old lifestyle of hunting wild mushrooms was once a quiet and secretive one, with favorite porcini and chanterelle patches kept within tight circles...
Oct 23, 2013

Bus Stop

Pressure is growing in communities around the world against Veolia Transdev, the worldwide industrial solutions firm based in France, clouded in political and environmental...