Habitats: Freshwater, Bay, Marine

As the region’s name implies, water is a defining feature of the Bay Area. The largest Pacific estuary in the Americas — the San Francisco Bay — is the foundation for one of California’s most important ecological habitats and a link to the Pacific flyway. Meanwhile, the Pacific coastline connects the region to the global marine environment, bringing about a set of vulnerabilities and advantages apparent in a complex world.

Latest from Habitats: Freshwater, Bay, Marine

Rains Lure California Newts Home to Mate (Video)

March 05, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The rains have sent a strong signal to California newts — time to mate. A graceful, underwater mating dance is the prelude to this season's replenishment of the species. (VIDEO)

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Connecting the Dots for Pacific Marine Life

February 27, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

National Park Service ecologist Sarah Allen has been looking at the “big picture” of marine ecosystem health since the mid-1970s ...

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For the Love of Seaweed

February 13, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Josie Iselin’s passion for discovering natural treasures along the shore started young, and later evolved into her life’s work: turning ...

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Sea Otter Confirmed in Tomales Bay for First Time in Almost a Decade

February 06, 2014 by Eric Simons

Several boaters spotted and photographed a sea otter feeding in Tomales Bay this week, the first confirmed sighting of a ...

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Richardson Bay Sets Winter Bird Count Record

February 06, 2014 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

At 23,000 birds, the tally in Richardson Bay this December was higher than any year since the surveys began in fall 2006 -- much higher. The previous high was 13,000 birds.

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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?

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Why Mud Matters

January 16, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

English-born geomorphologist Jeremy Lowe is serious about wetlands and serious about mud, though he’s got a wicked sense of humor ...

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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.

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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.

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Orcas of the California Coast: Deciphering the Culture of Killer Whales

January 13, 2014 by Sarah Allen

Our growing understanding of orca ecotypes — bolstered by recent advances in research technology and protocols — has been a major key to unlocking the mystery of the killer whales of the eastern North Pacific.

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