Latest from Ano Nuevo State Reserve

Signs of the season: elephant seals, born to breed

December 26, 2013 by Courtney Quirin

One of the most dramatic mating rituals in the animal kingdom is right on our Bay Area doorstep. Male elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park risk life and limb to be the guy who gets to impregnate up to 75 females.

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Footage of elephant seal pups nursing, and more

January 08, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Nature photographer David Cruz sent in these amazing pics and a video of nursing pups from his recent trip out to Ano Nuevo State Reserve.

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Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

Founded in 2001, Oikonos is a non-profit organization working locally and internationally to increase ecosystem knowledge through science, art, technology, and applied conservation. Oikonos’ vision includes incorporating creative ways to communicate knowledge to diverse communities. The organization works to promote understanding and active stewardship of ecosystems by bringing current research projects from the field directly to students, teachers, and the general public.

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Ano Nuevo State Park

July 08, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

The Ano Nuevo Reserve hosts North America’s largest colony of elephant seals. Some are here year-round, but winter is the ...

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Elephant seals occupy area beaches

January 19, 2012 by Rachel Gulbraa

Thousands of elephant seals have colonized beaches to partake in annual, combative mating rituals. The mass of beached blubber is not just a tourist spectacle. It also draws the attention of non-human species that come to dine off the rare bump in food supply. About 10 percent of the pups born are casualties of the fighting males.

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Winter Wildlife Watching

February 02, 2011 by Juliet Grable

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and nothing melts the heart like the sight of a newborn marine mammal pup. How about a thousand of them? That's how many elephant seals have been born at Ano Nuevo State Park, and another 500 are on the way. Throw in 700 more at Point Reyes. Oh, and it's the beginning of gray whale migration too. What are you waiting for?

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Elephant Seals and Climate Change

March 20, 2009 by Laura Hautala

A new study suggests that warmer ocean temperatures brought on by climate change may permanently skew sex ratios of northern elephant seals, the huge seals that visit a few Bay Area locations to breed.

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On the Rocks, with a Pup

February 20, 2009 by Kate Brittain

If you're looking for northern elephant seals, there is no place better to visit than Ano Nuevo State Reserve, home to the world's largest mainland breeding colony.

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Squawk of the Auklet

April 01, 2006 by Michelle Hester

Not many people get to visit Año Nuevo Island—you need a rubber boat, a strong stomach, and a research permit. But sea lions haul out here in droves, and hundreds of seabirds—including rhinoceros auklets—come to breed on its few wind-swept acres. Today, erosion is threatening the auklets' deep burrows, so researchers are working to restore this critical breeding site for these strange-looking seabirds.

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Pescadero Conservation Alliance Restoration of Mountain Camp

April 01, 2002 by Marilyn Smulyan

Over the past few years, local conservationists have devoted a fair amount of energy to purchasing land along the spectacular ...

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