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Paul Hagey is a freelance science reporter based in the East Bay.

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A tale of two species, and a lagoon

January 24, 2012 by Paul Hagey

Sharp Park is at the center of a controversy over whether golfing can coexist with endangered species. The Pacifica course, which overlooks the ocean, is a unique coastal freshwater ecosystem with a lagoon that's great for the California red-legged frog and San Francisco garter snake. But if you want to keep the fairways open to business, much of that water has to be pumped away.

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Supes to decide on Sharp Park today; then to Mayor’s office

December 06, 2011 by Paul Hagey

The San Francisco garter snake and its food of choice, the California red-legged frog, may get new landlords at their wetland home, the San Francisco-owned Sharp Park in Pacifica, if the board of supervisors passes legislation today that would clear the way for a transfer of its management to the National Park Service.

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Humpbacks Make Rare Near-Shore Visit in Santa Cruz

November 01, 2011 by Paul Hagey

A pod of humpback whales, about two or three families, adults with a few calves, have been dazzling whale-watchers since about October 18, as they feed in Monterrey Bay about a quarter of a mile from Santa Cruz Harbor. Calm waters, warm weather and an abundance of food like sardines, anchovies and other baitfish have produced the ideal whale visit.

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Got Quakes on the Mind?

October 28, 2011 by Paul Hagey

With a handful of very noticeable earthquakes jolting the East Bay, we're getting a lot of questions about quakes -- do small ones release strain? Or foretell the Big One? We get the word from one of UC Berkeley's top seismologists.

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