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Complete Nest Failure at Martin Griffin Preserve’s Heronry

February 21, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

The great egret colony at Martin Griffin Preserve in West Marin failed to fledge any young egrets in 2013, the first time in the preserve’s 62-year history, leading Audubon Canyon Ranch to change public access to the preserve for 2014.

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Audubon Canyon Ranch

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

Audubon Canyon Ranch protects the natural resources of its sanctuaries (at Bolinas Lagoon, Bouveria Preserve, Cypress Grove) while fostering an understanding and appreciation of these environments.

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Martin Griffin Preserve (Audubon Canyon Ranch)

July 08, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

This preserve, open mid-March till mid-July, offers some of the best views of nesting herons and egrets in the region. ...

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Bouverie Wildflower Preserve

July 08, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

Known for its amazing spring wildflower displays, this preserve also supports a variety of wildlife in its oak woodlands, mixed ...

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Citizen Scientists Keep Tabs on Egrets

May 04, 2011 by Juliet Grable

We mostly see egrets and herons standing silently in shallow wetlands, on the hunt. But a group of dedicated citizen scientists makes a point to watch them in their nesting colonies, sometimes in seemingly unlikely spots. Join us on a trip to a heronry near Cordelia.

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“Seal the Deal!”

April 01, 2011 by Diane Poslosky

Dr. Marty Griffin has been working for decades to protect open spaces and wildlife along the Marin and Sonoma coasts. In January 2011, Bay Nature recognized him with our first-ever Local Hero award in conservation advocacy. His advice for getting things done? “Seal the deal!” And figure out how to pay for it later.

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In with the Oaks at Bouverie Preserve

April 01, 2011 by Aleta George

When Caltrans had to make good for destroying some woodlands along a road, they wanted to plant a few trees at Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen. Preserve staff suggested a holistic restoration instead, and now high school students are pitching in.

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Sedimental Journey

April 01, 2011 by Jacoba Charles

For years, controversy raged about the future of Bolinas Lagoon, a significant coastal wetland that seems forever in danger of filling in, to the detriment of the fishing fleet and wildlife like seals and shorebirds. While some locals continue to push for dredging, others say this is all part of a natural cycle. But sea level rise driven by climate change might swamp the whole debate.

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Keeping an Eye on Egrets

December 28, 2010 by Ingrid Hawkinson

For John Kelly, who's worked for Audubon Canyon Ranch since 1988, develops and oversees conservation research, egrets and other wetland birds hold the key to monitoring and understanding how our wetlands are doing. And he knows a lot about that -- he tracks more than 100 egret and heron rookeries all over the region, studies waterbirds on Tomales Bay, and more.

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Breeding Time for Herons

March 12, 2009 by Jody Zaitlin

Usually solitary birds, great blue herons and egrets abandon their private ways in spring, and you can see them nesting in tree tops around the region.

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