Latest from Ano Nuevo State Reserve
December 26, 2012 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.
July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature
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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.
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?
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.
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 …