Kathleen Wong

Kathleen Wong

My favorite writing for Estuary News has enabled me to witness firsthand people’s heroic efforts to enable humans, plants, and wildlife to thrive alongside one another again in the San Francisco Bay-Delta. I rose in the dark to traipse through Mowry Marsh behind biologists conducting the first region-wide survey of endangered salt marsh harvest mice. I peered into bubbling tanks at the UC Davis Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory to admire Delta smelt whose futures are murky if efforts to revive their habitat aren’t successful. I’ve quashed pervasive seasickness to accompany scientists into the Delta to track the passage of migrating Chinook in real time. These immersive reporting experiences helped me to evoke the reality of conservation work, and the people who devote their working lives to making the San Francisco Estuary a healthier place for all.

— Kathleen Wong

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Bay Area native Kathleen M. Wong is a science writer specializing in the natural history and environment of California and the West. With Ariel Rubissow Okamoto, she coauthored Natural History of San Francisco Bay (UC Press, 2011), for which she shared the 2013 Harold Gilliam Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting. She reports on native species, climate change, and environmental conditions for Estuary, and is the science writer of the University of California Natural Reserve System.

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