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"The book explores fish and wildlife, climate cycles, endangered and invasive species, and how San Francisco Bay engendered a national environmental movement."
"Okamoto and Wong, two of the Bay Area's finest nature writers, have assembled a dense and hugely informative primer on San Francisco Bay."
"From 'Fieldwork: Netting Underwater Life': Upside down in a bucket of water, the Midshipman shows off a row of luminescent photophores, which resemble the gleaming brass buttons of its sailor's uniform namesake." We love a fish in a uniform!"
"The emphasis here is on environmental impact and recent conservation developments -- I did not know that it's officially dangerous to eat more than one pound a month of fish from the bay! -- and the history of decades of restoration triumphs and setbacks is related sleekly and straightforwardly. 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."
"...it is enlightening to read these stories in one compelling narrative, helped along by the authors' direct and readable journalistic approach, which includes field trips with plankton samplers, eelgrass planters, clapper rail counters, and more."
"Harold Gilliam, the dean of local environmental journalists and longtime chronicler of San Francisco Bay, is a hard act to follow. Ariel Rubissow Okamoto and Kathleen M. Wong have done an admirable job in Natural Hostory of San Francisco Bay..... They bring their literary chops and extensive networks of science contacts to a lively synthesis of the Bay's natural and human history."