December 19, 2011 by Juliet Grable
How do you see 104 species of birds in one day at a wastewater pond? Ride along on a Christmas Bird Count with PRBO Conservation ornithologist Rich Stallcup and partner Heather Cameron.
November 25, 2011 by Juliet Grable
Nothing heralds autumn and the holiday season like the evocative sound of geese, honking their way South on a blast of Arctic air. But many Canada geese now skip the annual migration and set up permanent shop in the Bay Area by taking advantage of the abundant food and absence of predators. That's requiring some wildlife managers to come up with creative ways to remove these feathered friends.
October 25, 2011 by Juliet Grable
At first glance, Cullinan Ranch isn't much to look at. Bound by Dutchman Slough to the north and Highway 37 to the south, the Solano County property consists of 1,500 acres of low-lying fields. But this former farmland is about to become the largest restored marsh in the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
August 17, 2011 by Juliet Grable
Can a pile of dredge spoils covered in a jumble of invasive weeds be transformed into an island paradise for shorebirds, songbirds, and seals? The folks at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary think so. And after years of planning, ground-breaking on their ambitious restoration project has finally begun on a small island near Tiburon.
August 15, 2011 by Juliet Grable
Artist Eva Chrysanthe has always been intrigued by the Farallon Islands, those distant humps on the western horizon. But when she discovered a trove of old letters about the islands, she discovered a dramatic story that's taking shape as a new graphic novel about the Farallon Egg Wars. She'll talk about the project this Thursday in San Francisco.
July 12, 2011 by Juliet Grable
They're the little guys. Small, silver, nondescript fish that are so hard to tell apart that many people simply call them "baitfish." But though they don't command the attention of a breaching humpback whale or trophy tuna, these humble creatures--from anchovies to squid--play a starring role in local marine ecosystems. New legislation aims to force fisheries managers to consider that role when writing plans for the state's commercial fishing fleet.
July 01, 2011 by Juliet Grable
Save the Bay turns 50 years old this year, and their native plant nurseries prove the organization is as vital as ever, with volunteers putting in thousands of hours growing native plant seedlings for the group’s restoration projects.
May 26, 2011 by Juliet Grable
U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials extended to June 10 the deadline for accepting public comments on a controversial proposal to eradicate nonnative house mice on the Southeast Farallon Islands. Opponents cite concerns that the poisons will endanger a range of wildlife on or near the islands, while proponents say the project will help threatened seabirds and the island ecosystem.
May 20, 2011 by Juliet Grable
How do you get 500-plus kids to sit still on the beach? Tell them a helicopter is about to fly overhead and take their collective photograph, and that by the way, they'll also be on television. It happened at Ocean Beach, and all in the name of ocean conservation.
May 11, 2011 by Juliet Grable
Now extended through June 10, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comment on a plan to use rodenticides to eradicate non-native house mice from the South Farallon Islands. Officials say the mice threaten nesting seabirds, but critics charge that the effort could actually endanger birds on the island.
May 10, 2011 by Juliet Grable
On May 19 thousands of kids from San Diego to Vancouver will gather on seven West Coast beaches to pick up trash and create impressive aerial art. These kids are participating in Ocean Day, part of the California Coastal Commission's Adopt-A-Beach Program.
May 04, 2011 by Juliet Grable
We mostly see egrets and herons standing silently in shallow wetlands, on the hunt. But a group of dedicated citizen scientists makes a point to watch them in their nesting colonies, sometimes in seemingly unlikely spots. Join us on a trip to a heronry near Cordelia.
April 06, 2011 by Juliet Grable
It all started with some crooked zucchinis in Bolinas. They didn't conform to the strict aesthetic standards of the market, so they were snipped from the vine and left to rot. The folks at Marin Organic recognized an opportunity and, and the group's School Lunch and Gleaning Program was born.
March 14, 2011 by Juliet Grable
They can plunge to depths of more than a mile and stay submerged for 90 minutes without coming up for air. They can swim up to 14,000 miles a year. The males can weigh over two and a half tons. You could say elephant seals are "Extreme Mammals," record-holders in several categories, including deepest divers. And with new tracking methods, we're learning more than ever about these amazing creatures.
March 01, 2011 by Juliet Grable
Each winter, a strange spectacle takes over San Francisco Bay. You'll see evidence of it: moving rafts of agitated birds; strings of cormorants; pods of sea lions; plunge-diving pelicans. And fishing boats out on the Bay. But you won't see the cause for this excitement: thousands of herring en route to their spawning grounds. This year's season has been pretty good, but some folks think we should still go lightly on the lowly herring.
February 02, 2011 by Juliet Grable
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and nothing melts the heart like the sight of a newborn marine mammal pup. How about a thousand of them? That's how many elephant seals have been born at Ano Nuevo State Park, and another 500 are on the way. Throw in 700 more at Point Reyes. Oh, and it's the beginning of gray whale migration too. What are you waiting for?
January 25, 2011 by Juliet Grable
Marin-based artist Daniel McCormick creates "perma-sculptures," structures he places on hillsides and creek banks to slow the rush of run-off from degraded agricultural lands and paved-over urban areas. But this time, he's designed and create works especially for a gallery show, which opens with an artist talk on January 27.The show is a first for both the artist and the curators. He designed each piece specifically for the exhibit, taking into consideration the challenges of hanging them on a wall rather than staking them into a stream bank.
January 19, 2011 by Juliet Grable
The annual Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running bird study in the world. But it's not exactly kid-friendly. So Wendy Dalia of Richardson Bay Audubon Center spearheaded Marin County's first-ever youth Christmas Bird Count on January 8. She's already looking forward to next year.