About Alessandra Bergamin

Contributions

In the South Bay Salt Ponds, Better Science Through Fishing

December 10, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Field work is supposed to be where ecologists get to play Indiana Jones. The reality with swing-dancing joke-cracking fish-loving UC Davis research scientist Jim Hobbs is somewhat different: wet, muddy, smelly, and mostly involving either waiting for leopard sharks or harvesting leopard shark vomit.

4 Comments

A New Haven for the Leopard Shark

April 17, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Leopard sharks are a shallow-water coastal species, with a range extending from southern Oregon to southern Baja California. They are the most abundant shark species in the San Francisco Bay.

2 Comments

Nudibranchs, Kings of the Tidepool, Command An Audience

April 14, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

There are lots of pretty pictures of the 3,000 nudibranchs species already discovered, but few specifics. Key elements of their fundamental biology are still poorly understood, or not understood at all. Or not even examined.

2 Comments

How Much Water Does it Take to Grow an Almond? Despite Uncertainty, Salmon Forecasts Favorable

February 28, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

How Much Water Does it Take to Grow an Almond? And more Bay Area nature news...

No Comments

Creating a Drought-Resilient Garden with California Natives

February 27, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Over five years ago, Nalani and Anna Heath-Delaney, ditched their water guzzling lawn and planted a colorful and diverse native plant garden. They have since saved water, provided habitat for local species and created a native plant sanctuary. With the current drought, now is the perfect time to consider transitioning your garden and "going native."

1 Comment

Complete Nest Failure at Martin Griffin Preserve’s Heronry

February 21, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

The great egret colony at Martin Griffin Preserve in West Marin failed to fledge any young egrets in 2013, the first time in the preserve’s 62-year history, leading Audubon Canyon Ranch to change public access to the preserve for 2014.

No Comments

NAFTA Leaders and Monarch Butterflies, Scientists To Test Kelp For Radiation

February 21, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Do monarch butterflies need space on the North American summit agenda? And more Bay Area nature news...

No Comments

Are Black Squirrels Common in the Bay Area?

February 20, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Love them or hate them, squirrels are everywhere. But how common are black squirrels?

22 Comments

Western Monarch Population Hanging On

February 18, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Monarch butterfly populations in California’s coastal overwintering sites showed a slight -- and surprising -- rebound in 2013 after more than a decade of dwindling numbers.

4 Comments

Could CA’s Drought Last 200 Years? Marin Officials Tell Feds to Ease GGNRA Dog Ban

February 14, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Could California's drought last 200 years? And more Bay Area nature news....

No Comments

San Francisco Students Display Their Scientific Flair at Annual Science Fair

February 10, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

More than 200 science projects from 34 San Francisco schools will be on display at the Randall Museum in Corona Heights for the next two weeks as part of the San Francisco Middle School Science Fair.

No Comments

Do Hummingbirds Reuse Nests?

February 07, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

After an unfortunate pruning accident, a reader wrote in to ask: do hummingbirds reuse nests?

3 Comments

Rainy Days Ahead But Little Relief; Drought Forces Broadest Fishing Ban in State

February 07, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Rainy days ahead but little drought relief and more Bay Area nature news....

No Comments

Drought Shakes Off Winter for Early Spring, Pop-Up Wetlands Give Birds a Break

January 31, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Drought shakes off winter for early spring, pop-up wetlands give birds a break and more nature news...

No Comments

A Botanist, a Bay Area Island and a Big Surprise

January 28, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

In the mid 90s, botanist Mike Wood was contracted by the U.S. Navy to undertake a rare plant survey of Yerba Buena Island as the military prepared to leave the base. At the time he didn't think the island would be of much botanical interest. But two decades later, he's still going back.

No Comments

Native Oysters Face Double the Threat, Why CA’s Water Woes Could Just Be Starting

January 24, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Why California's water woes may be just be starting and more Bay Area nature news...

No Comments

Mavericks: The Science Behind the Killer Surf

January 23, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

After a forecast of surf swells upwards of 40 feet, the Mavericks big-wave surf competition has been called for this Friday, January 24th. But what does it take to create a monster wave?

No Comments

Gov. Brown Declares CA Drought Emergency; River Otters Making a Comeback

January 17, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Governor Brown declares CA drought emergency, and more Bay Area nature news...

No Comments

Sooty Brown Body, Yellow Bill: What Kind of Gull is This?

January 16, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Lauri Taylor, visiting from Salt Lake City, spotted an interesting gull at Baker's Beach in San Francisco. She asked Bay Nature to help identify what species it was...

No Comments

Radio Road: A Place for the Birds — and Birders

January 15, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

The wastewater treatment ponds of Radio Road in Redwood Shores attract a wide range of birds species by the thousands and with them, come the birders.

No Comments

Avian Cholera Outbreak in Redwood Shores Pond

January 15, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

An avian cholera outbreak at a Redwood Shores wastewater treatment pond and popular birding site -had killed more than 200 birds as of Tuesday, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

No Comments

Added Protection for Big-Eared Bat, CA Dry Spell Continues

January 10, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Townsend's big-eared bat could get added protection from the state and more Bay Area nature news...

No Comments

Photographer Tory Kallman Gets His Orca Breach

January 09, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

On a whale watching trip in the Monterey Bay, photographer Tory Kallman witnessed one of nature's great events—an orca in pursuit of lunch. One of the resulting photographs became Bay Nature's January 2014 cover image.

No Comments

Which Species of Woodpecker Can You Find in Golden Gate Park?

January 09, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

As you walk through Golden Gate park you may here the 'knock, knock, knock' of a woodpecker working for its lunch. But as one reader asked, what species can you find in the park?

4 Comments

Muir Beach Reopens, CA Drought Deepens

January 03, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Muir Beach reopens after a six month closure and more Bay Area nature news.

No Comments

2013—A Bay Nature Year In Photos

December 29, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

For Bay Nature, 2013 brought environmental news, features and photography celebrating and capturing not only nature's beauty but its resiliency and vulnerability. Take a look at the year gone by in stunning nature photographs.

No Comments

Dry year sparks fire and water fears, affects Bay Area bird counts

December 27, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

California's driest year in recorded history sparks fire and water fears, and more Bay Area nature news...

No Comments

Big Sur Fire Nears Full Containment, SF Proposes Bottled Water Ban

December 20, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Big Sur fire nears full containment as SF Board of Supervisors consider plastic water bottle ban and more Bay Area nature news...

No Comments

Fox Sparrows Plentiful at Palomarin Field Station

December 19, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

This fall’s government shutdown left a two-week gap in Point Blue Conservation Science’s bird monitoring and banding data. But with the counts now in, the second half of October appears to have been a success, with researchers capturing and banding a surprisingly high number of fox sparrows.

1 Comment

What Do I Need To Know About Feeding Birds In My Yard?

December 18, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

I've started to put out bird seed in my North Oakland backyard and have enjoyed the visitors. What do I need to know about feeding wild birds in my yard?

No Comments

Capturing King Tides Through Citizen Science

December 13, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Since 2010 the California King Tides Initiative has been documenting king tide events through photography—presenting a very real picture of rising sea levels. This year, the project has expanded to include a citizen science program, that will help researchers ground climate models.

2 Comments

Park Service Drops Muir Woods Parking Lot Plan, CA Groups Call for Offshore Fracking to Halt

December 13, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

California groups call for offshore fracking to halt, Park Service drops Muir Woods panoramic parking plan and more Bay Area nature news.

No Comments

Where are all the Western Toads?

December 12, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

I used to have a multitude of western toads on my ranch in Nicasio but I no longer see them. I was wondering what happened to all the toads?

4 Comments

San Francisco Mulls Commercial Butterfly Release Ban

December 11, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

San Francisco may become the first U.S. city to ban the release of commercially raised butterflies at ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, and charity events.

2 Comments

Bay Nature’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

December 09, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Struggling to find that perfect gift? Look no further with Bay Nature's 2013 holiday gift guide.

No Comments

SF Bay Waters Becoming Clearer, Threat of ‘Dead Zone’ Along Sonoma Coast

December 06, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

San Francisco Bay is becoming clearer and more Bay Area nature news...

1 Comment

What’s up with this Hummingbird?

December 05, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

A Palo Alto based reader sent in a photograph she took of a pretty funky looking hummingbird. "What's up with this hummingbird's face?" she asked.

No Comments

Friends of China Camp Reach Amended Agreement with State

December 04, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Friends of China Camp reached an amended agreement in November with the state Department of Park and Recreation to fund China Camp State Park, Olompali State Historic Park and Tomales Bay State Park.

No Comments

Restoring Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

December 02, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge has been shaped by industry and development leaving its three endemic and endangered species clinging to their habitat. But in a recent partnership between the Port of Stockton and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, dredged sand from the San Joaquin River will be offloaded at the refuge to aid with large-scale dune restoration.

3 Comments

Tule Elk vs. Ranchers, 2000 Coho Released in Dry Creek

November 29, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Tule elk causes headaches for ranchers in West Marin—but what's the solution? And more Bay Area nature news...

No Comments

How Can You Tell a True Turkey Tail from an Imposter?

November 28, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Bracket fungi, named for their shelf-like structure, can often be seen fanned out of decaying wood. But how can you tell if what you're looking at is a true turkey tail or, an imposter?

3 Comments

Becky Jaffe and the Art of Biophilia

November 26, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Nature photographer Becky Jaffe on art, photography and biophilia.

1 Comment

Sea Lion Escapes in West Marin, Burrowing Owl Family Leave Freeway Safely

November 22, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

A sea lion escapes in West Marin and later recaptured in a cow pasture and more Bay Area nature news...

No Comments

Why do Pacific Salmon Die After Spawning?

November 21, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

The upriver salmon run is one of nature’s great migrations. But why after spawning just once do Pacific salmon die?

4 Comments

Orcas Put on a Killer Show in Monterey Bay, Feds Unveil Bay Wetlands Restoration Plan

November 15, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

A pod of orcas have been staging an unbelievable show in the Monterey Bay and more Bay Area nature news.

No Comments

In Dry Times, California Turns to Cloud Seeding

November 14, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

With the persistent drought that has gripped California for the past year, state water managers are increasingly turning to cloud seeding to extract as much water as they can.

1 Comment

Salmon Return to Spawn

November 13, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

The Nimbus Hatchery fish ladder opened early November, signaling the start of the salmon spawning season on the American River.

No Comments

Save Mount Diablo purchase Curry Canyon Ranch; USFWS study pesticide impact on CA’s rare frogs

November 08, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Save Mount Diablo acquire Curry Canyon Ranch property and more Bay Area nature news...

No Comments

New Report Shows Decline in Delta Fish Populations

November 06, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

A recent report from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife shows a decline in fish populations in the San-Joaquin Sacramento Delta.

4 Comments

Wasting Disease Devastates West Coast Starfish

November 04, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Marine scientists are investigating a recent outbreak of 'sea star wasting syndrome' that has ravaged starfish populations along the West Coast.

1 Comment

Looking for Lichens in Knowland Park

November 04, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Oakland's Knowland Park boasts unparalleled views of the San Leandro Bay, gnarled coast live oak trees and stands of rare, maritime chaparral. But within this large landscape, one of nature's smallest communities is flourishing—lichen.

11 Comments

Saving the Palos Colorados Trail, Santa Clara to See Water Bottle Refill Stations

November 01, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, Joaquin Miller Park's Palos Colorados trail has escaped permanent closure—and more Bay Area nature news.

1 Comment

Ashy Storm-Petrel Denied Protection Under Endangered Species Act

October 30, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

After four years of consideration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced earlier this month that the ashy storm-petrel has been denied protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

No Comments

Imagining the Future of Regional Open Space

October 25, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

After four decades of preserving open space in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) is undertaking a vision planning process, that will guide its work for the next 15-20 years. What do you want for the future of open space?

No Comments

Juvenile Coho Salmon in Walker Creek, First Glimpse of Condor Cam in Big Sur

October 25, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Juvenile coho salmon have recently appeared in Walker Creek, and more Bay Area nature news.

No Comments

Why Does the Pacific Leatherback Turtle Migrate to Californian Waters to Feed?

October 23, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Ever wondered why the Pacific leatherback turtle migrates from Indonesian waters to the California coast to feed on jellyfish?

No Comments

On the Hunt—Searching For Rare Plants in the Delta

October 19, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is the lifeblood of the central valley. But this somewhat landscaped environment is also home to some of California's rare plant populations, and on a kayak trip down Sycamore Slough, a group of volunteers is on the hunt to find them.

1 Comment

Bay Area National Parks Reopen, Dredging River May Benefit Antioch Butterflies

October 18, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Bay Area National Parks reopen, and more nature news...

No Comments

After the Government Shutdown Ends, Bird Monitoring Resumes

October 17, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

As the government shutdown comes to an end, scientists working on federal land will be able to resume their research. But what impact does a 15 day hiatus have on long term monitoring and research?

No Comments

Keeping Cigarette Butt Litter Out of the Bay

October 15, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

As cities and counties across the Bay tackle the problem of single-use plastic bags, cigarette butt litter continues to threaten the Bay's water quality and wildlife.

2 Comments

From Indonesia to California – Protecting Pacific Leatherback Turtles

October 13, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Did you know the Pacific leatherback turtle is California's official marine reptile? Nesting in Indonesia then migrating to Californian waters to feast on jellyfish, this elusive species is a truly global traveler. But with threats both in the Pacific and on their nesting beaches, the leatherback turtle may not be around for that much longer.

5 Comments

Sonoma county defends its oaks, Officials say CA can’t foot the bill for national parks

October 11, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Californian officials have said the state cannot pay to reopen National Parks, and more Bay Area nature news.

No Comments

Pumpkins, Pies and Produce: Harvest Festivals in the Bay Area

October 10, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

As the fog lifts and clear days fill the week, it is a sure sign that fall in the Bay Area is upon us. And what better way to celebrate than by attending one of the many harvest festivals in the Bay Area. Here's Bay Nature's festival round-up to get you started.

No Comments

Photographer Steve Zamek Gets His Decisive Moment

October 09, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Photographer Steve Zamek, waited at Lloyd Lake in Golden Gate Park for over three hours photographing birds. When he decided it was time to leave, this hooded merganser sprang into action and Zamek snapped this shot.

1 Comment

Connector trail moves hikers, bikers, horses off Highway 1; derelict pilings to be removed from Bay

October 08, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Dias Ridge Connector trail to move hikers, bikers, horses off Highway 1, and more Bay Area nature news.

2 Comments

With the Government Shut Down, What Happens to Federally Funded Research?

October 07, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

National parks are not only recreational hubs, but they also serve as centers for scientific research and environmental monitoring programs. Since the federal government shutdown, researchers have been unable to continue their work running the risk that months of consistent study could be lost in a few weeks.

3 Comments

Anchovies spark humpback feeding frenzy in Monterey Bay

October 04, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Humpback whales often enter the Monterey Bay to feed in the summer months. But this year, huge anchovy runs have brought them in by the hundreds. Photographer Tory Kallman shares his photographs of the feeding frenzy.

6 Comments

Diablo fire sparks cattle grazing debate, Crown Beach restoration underway

October 04, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Aftermath of Mount Diablo fire sparks cattle grazing debate, and more Bay Area nature news.

No Comments

Looking forward to the future of California’s state parks

October 03, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

The 2011 state budget crisis hit California's state parks hard. Two years later, the Parks Forward Initiative has been looking to ensure the park system's future and on Oct. 2nd, asked for public input in San Rafael.

No Comments

National parks shutdown, Golden Gate Conservancy receives $25 million donation

October 01, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

National park- goers locked out as federal government shuts down and more Bay Area nature news.

No Comments

New project gives ‘snapshot’ of CA’s wild salmon populations

September 30, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

A new project from The Nature Conservancy looks into the state of California's wild salmon populations.

3 Comments

Study reveals historical range of wolves in CA

September 29, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

The results of a recent study shed light on the historical range of wolves in California.

No Comments

Sonoma gardeners vs. hungry deer, top Bay Area chefs pipe up on fracking

September 27, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Sonoma locals face increasingly hungry deer feasting on their gardens, and more Bay Area nature news.

No Comments

CA sea otter population growth, weekend rain not enough to dampen Bay Area dry spell

September 24, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Good news for California sea otters with populations growing since last year, and more Bay Area nature news.

2 Comments

Redwoods normally buck fires, except when Sudden Oak Death is around

September 24, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Researchers find that redwood forests suffering from Sudden Oak Death burn with greater intensity.

2 Comments

Mount Diablo fire may not be all bad — in the long term

September 18, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Wildlife will rebound on Mount Diablo, but it may take longer for some struggling species.

3 Comments

Top 10 signs of climate change in Northern California

September 05, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

A new state report compiles evidence that California's climate is rapidly changing.

3 Comments

Not at Burning Man? You can celebrate at home in the Bay Area

August 28, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

So you didn't go? Well, nevermind. There's plenty to do here at home that evokes the spirit of Burning Man.

No Comments

Redwoods growing faster in a warmer climate

August 14, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Surprisingly, climate change happens to be a good thing for coastal redwoods and sequoias.

3 Comments

Could the ghost of John Muir save Alhambra Hills from development?

August 08, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

The family and fans of John Muir say the hills outside of his Martinez estate should be saved to preserve his legacy.

14 Comments

How would the Bay Area respond to its next oil spill?

June 14, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Bay Nature takes a trip on a training exercise where California officials show off the latest techniques in oil spill containment in the San Francisco Bay.

No Comments

In California oil spills, chemical dispersants treated with caution

June 13, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

In the event of a major oil spill, federal officials can't make the same mistake in California as they did during the Deepwater Horizon spill.

1 Comment

These beavers know the way to San Jose

June 03, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

In the heart of San Jose, a family of beavers have set up a home. Their arrival marks the first time in 150 years that beavers have been seen in the area.

5 Comments

California deer infected with non-native lice

May 30, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

California deer are suffering from an infestation of non-native lice that’s causing baldness and other health problems.

3 Comments

SF Green Film Festival opens with Marin’s open space rebels

May 29, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Premier night (Thursday) at the SF Green Film Festival is a film about the people who saved Marin's coastline from development. (Interview)

No Comments

The Endangered Species Act has officially hit middle age

May 17, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

On its 40th anniversary, the Endangered Species Act has a 99 percent success rate.

1 Comment

Harbor seals pupping at Point Reyes

April 30, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

The best time to watch harbor seals is the first week of May, and the biggest concentration is right in our backyard: Point Reyes National Seashore.

5 Comments

What are you doing for Earth Day 2013?

April 18, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

We've got the Earth Day events roundup for you.

No Comments

Back again: Great blue herons nest at Stow Lake

April 15, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Great Blue Herons are back again at Stow Lake in San Francisco for the 20th nesting season.

1 Comment

GGNRA mulls plastic water bottle ban

April 04, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

GGNRA is under pressure to join growing number of national parks that ban the sale of plastic water bottles.

2 Comments