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


Hello, readers–

I like reviewing the year’s stories– right after I surpass the “Yowza, that was a great deal of work” response, and take some deep breaths. It’s how we analyze where Bay Nature shone the brightest, how we altered, what breadth we accomplished. I’m happy that our small newsroom dove into data journalism this year; however we likewise released thoughtful essays, journeys through history, dishes, and one bananas video of acoyote climbing a tree Here’s what stuck out to us, and to you, in 2023.

— Kate Golden, digital editor

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Birds and Beasts (and Other Living Things)

On the “wow nature, wow, simply– wow” beat, here were some stunners from this year. (Fungi, protists and plants likewise represent.)

To begin, a little story that’s truly a lesson in nonattachment:

My coworker Beth informed me this is the weirdest story she’s ever checked out in Bay Nature, which to me seems like a compliment:

The stinkhorn is another competitor:

Don’t call them inefficient:

Remember Tulare Lake?

A remarkable eyewitness account of an unique minute in lake history.

And 2 stories of hope:

Longreads Worth Your Time

After drawing you in with glossy things, as though you were a corvid, I now provide to you a few of our much deeper journalistic dives– that’s one of those secret editor techniques. One huge style of our protection this year, as we dived into our Wild Billions task: the methods which individuals are changing nature– or attempting to– on the scale that environment modification needs people.

This provided us the Barbie-pink Fall 2023 cover that I like to consider The Portal.

The Dungeness crabbing season was postponed once again this year, I’ll keep in mind:

How To

Some methods which we attempted to make ourselves beneficial this year. (Apart from our ever-bountiful community events calendar.)

What chooses acorn bread? Mushrooms.

Bookmark this map for next summertime, if you’re a water individual.

And if you’re at a little not-for-profit or city government company that requires cash (which might be all of them?):

This may be a stretch– however it’s a lesson by example.

The Year in Almanacs

Jane Kim– she’s a treasure?huge moths descended One Golden Oldy

This Bay Nature classic made the rounds this summertime, when (*) en masse (or a minimum of more than typical) upon the Bay Area. (*).


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