Wildlife: Birds, Mammals, Fish

Sea otters, brown pelicans, chinook salmon, tule elk: these are just some of the amazing species that inhabit the San Francisco Bay Area. Their charisma has inspired countless conservation efforts and have enticed everyday people and impassioned naturalists into the wild.

Latest from Wildlife: Birds, Mammals, Fish

Ask the Naturalist: What’s That Poking Out of the Ground?

October 17, 2014 by Bay Nature Staff

A recent visitor to Los Gatos' Vasona Park was startled by the appearance of a "mystery rodent".

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The View From the Blind: Hunters Take Aim for Conservation

October 14, 2014 by Aleta George

Nature and culture writer Aleta George takes hunting field trips with a noted conservationists -- and finds an extended series of lessons about the intimate and indelible connection between hunting and conservation.

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It Was The Perfect Fish Study — Until Nature Messed It Up

October 13, 2014 by Elizabeth Devitt

Why do some fish go to sea while others stay home? NOAA researchers had elegant plans to investigate -- and then the drought intervened.

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Fountain a Watering Hole for Drought-Affected Birds

October 08, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Where does a thirsty bird go when the drought hits hard?

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When It Comes to Smell, the Turkey Vulture Stands (Nearly) Alone

October 07, 2014 by Joe Eaton

Turkey vultures can locate food by scent alone -- but it took naturalists a while to figure that out.

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In An Unusual Year for Upwelling, Research Cruise Keeps an Eye on Marine Sanctuaries’ Rich Life

September 29, 2014 by Eric Simons

For the past decade, the Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies expedition has monitored the ocean waters just west of the Bay Area. Recently, researchers took the boat in search of krill, the base of California's marine life.

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Ask the Naturalist: Wild Turkey vs. White-Tailed Kite?

September 25, 2014 by David Lukas

The surprise appearance of a wild turkey in another bird's nest has one reader wondering.

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High Temperatures Threaten Sacramento River’s Fall-Run King Salmon

September 23, 2014 by Ted Andersen

The early fall king salmon spawning run on the Sacramento River is taking place between Red Bluff and Redding, but prolonged drought has led to reduced flows from Lake Shasta and high water temperatures downriver, which could deal many egg nests a death blow.

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Eat Local, Eat Weird? The Secretive Monkeyface Eel Is Both.

September 19, 2014 by Sabine Bergmann

Fisherman Kirk Lombard encourages his seafood customers to eat small and eat weird. The monkeyface eel is both.

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Ocean Beach’s Sand Supply Dries Up, Leaving Plovers Squeezed

September 16, 2014 by Eric Simons

San Francisco's Ocean Beach, already struggling with foot traffic and free-roaming domestic pets, faces a serious erosion problem.

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