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From Bay Nature magazineJul-Sep 2008 Issue

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The Saved and the Dammed

July 01, 2008 by Sarah Sweedler

For better and worse, the upper reach of the Pilarcitos watershed on the Peninsula was dammed to supply water to San Francisco in the 1860s. The surrounding land has been protected and kept off-limits to the public ever since, allowing rare species to thrive here. That includes the marbled murrelet, which nests only in old-growth conifers, such as Douglas fir. But the dam and other impacts also leave less water in the creek for oceangoing steelhead. Now, a diverse group of stakeholders has come together to chart a brighter future for the fish and the creek.

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A Big Year for Rare Species

January 01, 2008 by David Carroll

From Mori Point in Pacifica to Lands End in San Francisco and all the way up to Tomales Bay, the ...

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Napa Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area Restoration

October 01, 2007 by Aleta George

At the northern edge of San Pablo Bay, a salt marsh harvest mouse hides beneath the protective cover of a ...

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Elfin Butterfly

October 01, 2007 by Aleta George

To us, the San Bruno elfin butterfly, with its one-inch wingspan, seems small, but to the ants that protected it ...

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The Checkerspot Comes Home

October 01, 2007 by Carolyn J. Strange

Contrary to common notions of autumn as a season of dying back, our fall rains often herald new beginnings. That’s ...

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Black Rock Abalone Endangered

July 01, 2007 by Aleta George

A favorite food of the southern sea otter is black abalone, a marine mollusk that has historically put down roots ...

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Least Terns at Alameda Naval Air Station

July 01, 2007 by Aleta George

In late spring, a thumb-size least tern chick emerges from its egg on Alameda Point. The chick’s eyes are open ...

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Otters at Elkhorn Slough

July 01, 2007 by Aleta George

At the Moss Landing Marina halfway between Santa Cruz and Monterey, I slip into a kayak and paddle toward Elkhorn ...

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California Condors

January 01, 2007 by Rick Bacigalupi

The Big Sur coast has always provided nature lovers with an abundanceof breathtaking scenery. But one of the most majestic ...

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Rare and Endangered Mosses

January 01, 2007 by Dan Rademacher

January-March 2007 WEB EXTRA: Rare and Endangered Mosses Many of us go through life barely noticing mosses and their cousins, ...

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