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Natural History of San Francisco Bay Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Natural History of San Francisco Bay By Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Natural History of San Francisco Bay by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto


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Bustling with oil tankers, laced with pollutants, and crowded with forty-six cities, the San Francisco Bay is home to healthy eelgrass beds, young Dungeness crabs and sharks, and millions of waterbirds. This title delves into an array of topics including fish and wildlife, ocean and climate cycles, and endangered and invasive species.

Natural History of San Francisco Bay Summary

Natural History of San Francisco Bay by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

This complete primer on San Francisco Bay is a multifaceted exploration of an extraordinary, and remarkably resilient, body of water. Bustling with oil tankers, laced with pollutants, and crowded with forty-six cities, the bay is still home to healthy eelgrass beds, young Dungeness crabs and sharks, and millions of waterbirds. Written in an entertaining style for a wide audience, Natural History of San Francisco Bay delves into an array of topics including fish and wildlife, ocean and climate cycles, endangered and invasive species, and the path from industrialization to environmental restoration. More than sixty scientists, activists, and resource managers share their views and describe their work - tracing mercury through the aquatic ecosystem, finding ways to convert salt ponds back to tidal wetlands, anticipating the repercussions of climate change, and more. Fully illustrated and packed with stories, quotes, and facts, the guide also tells how San Francisco Bay sparked an environmental movement that now reaches across the country.

Natural History of San Francisco Bay Reviews

A hugely informative primer on San Francisco Bay. -- Georgia Rowe San Jose Mercury News Absorbing all the information in this illuminating primer helped me appreciate the seething loveliness and churning forces that make up the place I call home. San Francisco Bay Guardian It is enlightening to read these stories in one compelling narrative, helped along by the authors' direct and readable journalistic approach. -- Dan Rademacher Bay Nature The general reader living in or visiting the bay area would find this book of interest. It would also be a valuable resource to those studying or working in coastal, estuary, or river conservation and restoration... Highly recommended. -- A. L. Jacobsen Choice

About Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Ariel Rubissow Okamoto is the author of books and articles about San Francisco Bay, California water history, and national parks. Her articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Nature, and other publications. Kathleen M. Wong is the science writer for the UC Natural Reserve System. Her articles have appeared in Bay Nature, California Wild, and Nature, and elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Prologue Acknowledgements 1. Taking the Plunge * An Ever Changing Environment * Saving the Bay * Inside & Out 2. Beneath the Surface: What is an Estuary? Fieldwork: Testing Bay Conditions Migrations: Particulate Travels from Mountain to Sea * Introduction * Geography & Geology * Fresh & Salt Mix * Rivers * Creeks & Drainages * Bays within the Bay * Tides, Offshore Currents & Upwelling * Water Layers & Flows * Wind, Waves & Erosion * Sediment * Weather & Ocean Cycles * Climate over Millennia * Conclusion 3. Visible & Invisible Life: Fish, Birds & Other Wildlife Fieldwork: Netting Underwater Life Migrations: Winging it with a Peep * Introduction * LIVING CONDITIONS * Environment in Flux * Bay Habitats * The Marine Nursery * Fundamental Food * PLANTS * Eelgrass * Cordgrass * Salt grass * Pickleweed * Alkali bulrush * Tule * BOTTOMDWELLERS * Clams * Shrimp * Dungeness Crab * FISH * Pacific Herring * Northern Anchovies * Longfin smelt * California Halibut * Salmon * Sturgeon * Striped Bass * Leopard Shark * Creek Fish * MAMMALS * California sea lion * Harbor Seal * BIRDS * Bufflehead * Great blue heron * Peeps * Double crested cormorant * Conclusion 4. History of Human Changes 1800s - 1960s Fieldwork: Fishing for Mercury in the Bay * Introduction * Earliest Inhabitants * Explorers, Missionaries, Hunters * Mining Gold * Fighting Floods * Reclaiming Swamps * Settling into Farms & Towns * Fishing for a Living * Culturing Oysters * Protecting Fish & Wildlife * Industrialized Fishing * Bay & Riverfront Enterprise * Transportation Facilities * Controlling Water Supply & Floods * Growing through War * Conclusion 5. The Environmental Backlash - 1960s - Present Mini-Guide: Species in Peril * Stopping Fill * Cleaning Up the Water * Preventing Spills & Runoff * Emerging Contaminants * Curing the Throwaway Habit * Last of the Fishing * Maintaining Ports and Shipping * Preserving Wetlands and Wildlife * Warring over Water * Caring for Urban Creeks * Preventing Invasions * A Few Bad Actors * Synergistic Problems * Conclusion 6. Restoration Frontiers: The Watershed Migrations: Salmon Journeys in Butte Creek * Introduction * Historical Milestones * Key Ingredients - A Recipe for Riparian Restoration * The Big River Projects * The Delta and Shallows * Water Rights for the Ecosystem * Production or Conservation Hatcheries? * Reviving Bay Creeks * Bringing Back the Steelhead * Conserving Water * Conclusion 7. Restoration Frontiers: The Bay Fieldwork: Rail Telemetry * Introduction * Historical Milestones * Key Ingredients: A Wetland Recipe * The Marin Shore * North Bay Hayfields * South Bay Salt Ponds Reborn * Weeding by Satellite * Underwater Restoration * Central Bay Eelgrass Beds * Oysters Back in the Bay? * Building a Healthy Ethic * Conclusion 8. Climate Change & The Bay's Future * Introduction * Climate Change Basics * The Bay's Vulnerabilities * Wetlands as Buffers * Adaptation 9. Coda Glossary Timeline References Primary Resources Articles & Other Publications Individuals Interviewed On-Line Materials Learning More, Helping Out

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NPB9780520268265
9780520268265
0520268261
Natural History of San Francisco Bay by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto
New
Paperback
University of California Press
2011-09-01
352
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