Discovering the wildlife under your nose

Black-necked stilts at Heron's Head Park - http://bit.ly/cbN9TS

Neighborhoods like Richmond’s Iron Triangle and San Francisco’s Bayview/Hunters Point may have reputations for being impoverished and troubled, but if you observe the ecological landscape, in many cases, you will find a paradise.

Take Hunters Point for instance. The home to much of San Francisco’s industrial history may not seem to have much beauty to offer, but die-hard nature lovers know otherwise. There, on the shoreline, is a rich wildlife wonderland. Some people would even compare it to Yosemite--people like Peter Berg of the San Francisco based Planet Drum Foundation. Berg was the first ecologist to name the concept of “bioregions”: the idea to think of land not in political or geographical terms, but in terms of its landscape, climate, water and wildlife. He holds workshops, gathering people from different San Francisco neighborhoods to educate them about the wildlife that lives, or used to live, right under their houses and roads. KALW’s Hana Baba visited Berg at his San Francisco home and asked him, “Why do we need to think of land in terms of bioregions?”

Berg will be holding his Hunters Point ecology workshops in September and October.