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BAY NATURE INSTITUTE

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Printing & Publishing, Recreation & Sports, Sports

Mission: Bay Nature tells the stories of nature, wildlife, and environment in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are an independent nonprofit magazine and website with a vision that all people have a close relationship with nature. Bay Nature was first published in 2001 with the goal of creating an inspiring and intelligent publication that would celebrate the natural beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area, honor the region’s legacy of environmental advocacy, and nurture its wealth of creative talent. Nearly 20 years later, Bay Nature continues to evolve, grow, and flourish. Find Bay Nature in print or visit us at baynature.org!

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15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This magazine brings nature to the forefront in the Bay Area where so many people and industries vie for attention. Not only is the magazine well written and illustrated, it is also timely and necessary. 5/5 stars easily.

Kimberly Kondal P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bay Nature is the one magazine I have maintained a uninterrupted subscription to - and since issue one. It connected me to my new habitat when I moved here from the midwest: plants, animals, geology, parks, cultures, history, outings and events written up in Bay Nature have shaped my outdoor life the past two decades. Its articles, photos, and artwork are educational, inspiring, and thought-provoking. The production values are gorgeous. None of my Bay Nature issues have made it to the recycle bin. They provide ongoing enjoyment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bay Nature has a presence that reflects the needs of our local habitat and calls out for measures that lead to positive action to protect the wildlands and critters that live in them. As we humans need to support nature to have a place to live, Bay Nature supports actions to support "the wild" we all need to survive.

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization with great leadership and staff. Bay Nature provides me and my family with a deeper understanding of the natural world around us, with lots of inspiration for local hikes and birding, a comfort in these uncertain times. They have a beautiful quarterly magazine and a website with thoughtful essays and breaking nature news. I also like their new webinar series on topics ranging from tidepooling to the comeback of river otters in the Bay Area.

Svensk S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've subscribed to Bay Nature about five years. Our family loves it for many reasons, among them the diversity of topics covered, from the life of tiny ants to larger issues such as wildfires. The photographs and occasional drawings are first-class and interesting to the whole family. The web-based event calendar is really helpful and the production quality of the printed magazine is great. All in all a very worthy magazine!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am happy to be a subscriber to Bay Nature and an avid supporter. I love the stories about the natural world because they are scientifically accurate and accompanied by excellent photographs or charts and maps. Reading this magazine has greatly enriched my understanding of my environment and I have used it in outings with younger relatives to help them understand our world.

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MargieR 10/11/2019

Thanks for the very nice review and for sharing Bay Nature with your family!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Bay Nature- it’s my window into the rich natural world that surrounds us in our SF Bay Area home. There is so much that we would miss if not for their insightful reporting about the goings on at our very doorstep. Not only is their magazine a pleasure to read as it celebrates local nature, but I also consider it an essential source of information to keep myself informed in this critical time of multiple threats to our environment and Mother Earth.

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MargieR 10/11/2019

We're so glad Bay Nature helps keep you connected and informed about local nature. Thanks for the great review!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Bay Nature almost since its beginning. As a librarian/educator, I value it for the excellent science writing that is aimed at the lay person. As others have said, it is gorgeous and keeps me abreast of natural developments all over the bay area. Amazing magazine.

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MargieR 10/11/2019

Thanks for the great review!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a biologist who's worked in the Bay Area conservation world for 20 years. There's never been a publication here like Bay Nature, and we're so lucky they exist. People love the nature of the Bay Area, but when Bay Nature came along, we realized how much we had needed a much better guide to it. I love how Bay Nature combines gorgeous photography, imaginative art, and technical rigor to invite people in to a deeper knowledge about this place. This is how people actually become connected to the natural world: through both beauty and fascination. I'm also impressed with the creative angles the writers take. For example, not just another article on sea level rise, but one on rising groundwater levels. Not another article about being a better bird observer, but one about "napping with birds"! Giving tarantulas the same attention as otters. Hooray for Bay Nature!

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MargieR 10/11/2019

And hooray for you! Thanks so much for the glowing and thorough review.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Bay Nature is my go-to source for understanding and connecting with our shared Bay Area natural environment, and the way we humans interact with and impact it. I’ve been reading the Institute’s magazine since the first issue, and now I look at the website as well. There’s info about local hikes and events, as well as in-depth articles on every aspect of the Bay and its inhabitants. Articles have sent me to kayak in Elkhorn Slough, to seek wildflowers on Mount Diablo, to collect acorns, to count bees in my backyard. Bay Nature delights me every time. The organization is a most precious local resource.

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MargieR 10/11/2019

I'm so glad Bay Nature continues to inspire you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m so glad to have become aware of Bay Nature earlier this year and am really have to have subscribed. I love the print magazine and the emails with stories about our local wildlife and environment. I regularly scan the web site for new stories and pictures, which I particularly enjoy. Please keep up your excellent work and I’ll continue to support and enjoy the publication. Thank you.

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MargieR 10/11/2019

Thank you! So glad you are loving Bay Nature in print and online!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I moved from another state and Bay Nature has been one of my most valuable resources for learning about and appreciating local nature. I love the fantastic photography, writing, diversity of articles, annual awards and awards dinner.

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MargieR 10/11/2019

Thanks for the great review!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a newcomer to the Bay Area from Europe, I felt totally lost in a strange new environment where all the plants seemed to have waxy, oval leaves and I couldn't understand the seasons. The Bay Area Nature Institute's Bay Nature magazine has made a huge difference to me, helping me get to know and build a relationship with this beautiful area...and even find environmental volunteering opportunities. It's a gorgeous, informative, accessible magazine and I'm so grateful for it.

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MargieR 10/11/2019

And we are grateful for your lovely review. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

1 David N.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

May nature institutes magazine, Bay nature, is a must reading for me every month. It is a scientific explanation of the nature around the Bay, but not so technical that it is difficult to understand. I like it so much, I have 2 subscriptions: one for me to keep and one to give away.

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MargieR 10/11/2019

Thank you for helping to grow the Bay Nature community!

1 Kimberly M.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bay Nature Institute has published Bay Nature Magazine for decades. Through this magazine I have been given the chance to understand our region's natural history - from botany to birds, geology to hydrology - through articles, events, art, & photographs. I'm so grateful for the ways the magazine has helped me explore the Bay Area.

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MargieR 10/11/2019

Thanks for the great review and for being a Bay Nature fan!