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Bay Nature’s Greatest, Deepest, and Weirdest Reads of 2023

Bay Nature’s Greatest, Deepest, and Weirdest Reads of 2023


Hiya, readers—

I really like trying again on the 12 months’s tales—proper after I get previous the “Yowza, that was a variety of work” response, and take some deep breaths. It’s how we take inventory of the place Bay Nature shone the brightest, how we modified, what breadth we achieved. I’m proud that our tiny newsroom dove into information journalism this 12 months; however we additionally printed considerate essays, journeys by means of historical past, recipes, and one bananas video of a coyote climbing a tree. Right here’s what stood out to us, and to you, in 2023.

—Kate Golden, digital editor

P.S. What did you get pleasure from? What do you wish to see extra of? Electronic mail us at letters@baynature.org.

Birds and Beasts (and Different Dwelling Issues)

On the “wow nature, wow, simply—wow” beat, right here have been some stunners from this 12 months. (Crops, fungi and protists additionally symbolize.)

To start out, slightly story that’s actually a lesson in nonattachment:

My colleague Beth advised me that is the weirdest story she’s ever learn in Bay Nature, which to me appears like a praise:

The stinkhorn is one other contender:

Don’t name them dysfunctional:

Keep in mind Tulare Lake?

An incredible eyewitness account of a particular second in lake historical past.

And two tales of hope:

Longreads Price Your Time

After drawing you in with shiny issues, as if you have been a corvid, I now current to you a few of our deeper journalistic dives—that’s a type of secret editor methods. One massive theme of our protection this 12 months, as we dived into our Wild Billions mission: the methods by which persons are reworking nature—or making an attempt to—on the dimensions that local weather change requires of us.

This gave us the Barbie-pink Fall 2023 cowl that I like to consider as The Portal.

The Dungeness crabbing season was delayed once more this 12 months, I’ll be aware:

How To

Some methods by which we tried to make ourselves helpful this 12 months. (Aside from our ever-bountiful neighborhood occasions calendar.)

What goes with acorn bread? Mushrooms.

Bookmark this map for subsequent summer season, when you’re a water particular person.

And when you’re at a small nonprofit or native authorities company that wants cash (which could be all of them?):

This could be a stretch—however it’s a lesson by analogy.

The 12 months in Almanacs

Jane Kim—she’s a treasure, proper?

One Golden Oldy

This Bay Nature basic made the rounds this summer season, when enormous moths descended en masse (or at the very least greater than ordinary) upon the Bay Space.


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