Joe Eaton

Joe Eaton

After a long stretch as a federal bureaucrat, Estuary News was a big part of an all-too-brief but rewarding second act as a freelance writer. While this gig had its aggravations, I generally enjoyed doing the research (Charles Darwin once said research was a lot more fun than writing, and I’m with him on that), talking to scientists and restoration professionals, and trying to make their work intelligible to a general audience; hope I got most of it right. In the process, I learned a lot about obscure species, out-of-the-way places, and hopeful projects. Hard to single out individual pieces but on balance I’m proudest of the articles (like one on smelt and one on Buckler) that irritated the right people.

— Joe Eaton

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Joe Eaton writes about endangered and invasive species, climate and ecosystem science, environmental history, and water issues for ESTUARY. He is also "a semi-obsessive birder" whose pursuit of rarities has taken him to many of California's shores, wetlands, and sewage plants.

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