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About Nature Notes


Nature Notes is a series of audio features produced by Joan Hamilton based on her interviews with naturalists and Sierra Club Outings leaders. Read more about them all here.

Seth Adams

Seth Adams

Seth Adams is director of land programs for the San Francisco Bay Area conservation organization Save Mount Diablo. Among his proudest accomplishments are the preservation of threatened areas throughout the East Bay through acquisition and grassroots advocacy, and the reintroduction of endangered peregrine falcons to Mount Diablo. He has donated his time and expertise to many other environmental groups, including the political committee of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. He works hard indoors - but he's also an avid and evangelical hiker, runner, backpacker, and cyclist. Seth is heard on Nature Notes files about streams and how hawks find their food.

Gary Bogue

Gary Bogue

Gary Bogue has written a daily column on pets and wildlife for the Contra Costa (California) Newspapers for 38 years. In the late 1960s and '70s, he was also curator of the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, California, where he helped raise (and return to the wild) orphaned bears, eagles, otters, hummingbirds, mountain lions, and other wild creatures. He remembers starting young, collecting spiders as a pre-schooler and getting a boa constrictor for Christmas from his parents while he was still in high school. Gary is featured on Nature Notes files about the rattlesnake, mountain lion, big birds, and opossum.

Ken Lavin

Ken Lavin

Ken Lavin is such a familiar sight on the slopes of Mount Diablo in California's Contra Costa County, "it almost seems as if the snakes recognize him," says the San Francisco Chronicle. He's a hike leader and program director for the Mount Diablo Group of the Sierra Club and the outings and volunteer coordinator for the Bay Area land-conservation and urban-planning organization Greenbelt Alliance. He also teaches school children through Diablo Nature Adventures in Walnut Creek. Ken is featured on the Nature Notes lichen and vultures files.

Joan Hamilton

Joan Hamilton

Joan Hamilton, the producer and narrator of "Nature Notes," is a tree-hugging freelance writer and editor based in Berkeley, California. From 1995 to 2007, she was editor-in-chief of Sierra magazine. She's currently producing downloadable Audio Guides to the Outdoors, which offer lively interviews and music, along with the rush of wind and the chirps, howls, and growls of wildlife. To hear samples of the first guide in the series, Audible Mount Diablo, go to her website at http://web.mac.com/joanham or contact her at joanham@gmail.com. Nature Notes music is by guitarist Phil Heywood at http://www.philheywood.com