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.

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The Underappreciated Undertakers

November 06, 2014 by Joe Eaton

When you’re eyeball to eyeball with a turkey vulture, you wonder how he perceives you. (My “he” is Vladimir, a ...

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Acorn Woodpeckers Expand Range in Search of Meager Acorn Supplies

November 04, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The failure of the spring rains this year may have something to do with woodpeckers foraging in Berkeley and San Francisco.

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Ask the Naturalist: Young Bald Eagle at Palo Alto Baylands?

October 27, 2014 by Bay Nature Staff

A possible young bald eagle sighting intrigues a South Bay park visitor.

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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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