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Bay Area native Jessica Taekman spends her spare time hiking, surfing, and baking.

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Falcon City

March 06, 2009 by Jessica Taekman

In early spring, downtown San Francisco's office workers are treated to quite an air show outside their office windows: peregrine falcons!

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Gray Whale Migration

February 06, 2009 by Jessica Taekman

Now is the time to see gray whales migrating along the California coast and maybe even appearing inside the Bay.

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Down on the Farm

October 01, 2008 by Jessica Taekman

There are many local farms in the Bay Area where families can visit to learn about how food is grown and raised and meet the farmers who make it happen.

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Book Review: Watching Giants

October 01, 2008 by Jessica Taekman

by Elin Kelsey, UC Press, December 2008, 304 pages, $24.95 Long-lived, slow to reproduce, and often hidden beneath ocean waves, ...

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Whales at the Farallon Islands

July 11, 2008 by Jessica Taekman

Picture hungry tourists swarming around an all-you-can-eat buffet. Only the tourists are 100 feet long and weigh almost 200,000 pounds. These are blue whales, the largest animals ever, and they've come to feast on some of the tiniest animals on the planet: millions upon millions of tiny shrimplike krill.

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Book Review: Birds of Napa County

October 01, 2007 by Jessica Taekman

Birds of Napa County, by Herman Heinzel, Heyday Books, 2006, 132 pages, $12.95 www.heydaybooks.com The common image of Napa County ...

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Long Line Fishing Update

October 01, 2007 by Jessica Taekman

On August 10, 2007, the California Coastal Commission unanimously voted to deny a fishing permit to allow experimental long-line fishing ...

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Book Review: Raptors of California

October 01, 2007 by Jessica Taekman

Raptors of California, by Hans and Pam Peeters, University of California Press, 2005, 305 pages, $17.95 Here in California, we ...

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Holy Mola!

October 01, 2007 by Jessica Taekman

Weighing in at almost 5,000 pounds, measuring over ten feet across, infested with scores of parasites, carrying more eggs than any other vertebrate, and shaped like a giant dinner plate, the giant ocean sunfish (Mola mola) is a creature defined by superlatives.

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Kayaking Resources

July 01, 2007 by Jessica Taekman

The San Francisco Bay Area and Central California coast are full of wonderful places to explore in a kayak, from ...

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