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Feds Seek Comment on Farallones Mouse-eradication Plan

May 11, 2011 by Juliet Grable

Now extended through June 10, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comment on a plan to use rodenticides to eradicate non-native house mice from the South Farallon Islands. Officials say the mice threaten nesting seabirds, but critics charge that the effort could actually endanger birds on the island.

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The Crazy Broom Lady of the Oakland Hills

January 01, 2011 by Wendy Tokuda

Longtime television anchorwoman Wendy Tokuda now spends many days in the East Bay hills, finding endangered manzanitas and communing with pileated woodpeckers. All because of her obsession with an invasive weed called French broom. And her years of effort are paying off.


Ground Invasion

October 01, 2010 by Daniel McGlynn

Heading out before dawn to trap wild pigs is one of the more unpleasant responsibilities of open space management in the Bay Area. But across the East Bay and much of the Bay Area, these descendants of farm animals and introduced wild boars have proliferated and become a force whose impact on native plants and animals can’t be ignored. Wild turkeys, also brought in for hunting, aren’t far behind.


Exotic Jellies in the Bay

July 01, 2009 by Aleta George

On a hot July afternoon last year, UC Davis graduate students Alpa Wintzer and Mariah Meek dipped glass jars and nets into Suisun Slough at Suisun City's public dock in Solano County. They were capturing small gelatinous creatures that look and act like jellyfish. These jelly look-alikes seemed to be everywhere and are beautiful to watch. But they're also a problem...

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Invasion of the New Zealand Mud Snail

April 01, 2008 by Aleta George

The scientists and volunteers with the Coho and Steelhead Monitoring Program don’t yet have to deal with New Zealand mud ...

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Artificial Reefs for Oysters

October 01, 2007 by Aleta George

In our October-December 2004 issue, Bay Nature reported on efforts to restore once-thriving Bay populations of the West Coast oyster, ...

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Drakes Bay Oyster Farm

October 01, 2007 by Aleta George

In Schooner Bay, Drakes Bay Oyster Farm grows oysters and clams, producing 85 percent of the shellfish raised in Marin ...

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Is it OK to catch crawdads?

April 01, 2007 by Michael Ellis

Q: A group of families goes out every year, catching up to 300 crawdads for a big feast, releasing those ...


Ubiquitous Eucalyptus

July 01, 2006 by Bill O’Brien

Some folks love their scent and shade; others resent them for crowding out natives; most of us know they came from Australia and found a niche here. But few know that the East Bay’s eucalypts owe their presence to one entrepreneur who thought the trees would make him rich. They didn’t, but now, love them or hate them, the trees are here to stay. Fortunately, some animals have profited from Mr. Havens’s mistake.

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Four Threats to a Healthy Bay

October 01, 2003 by Jane Kay

Habitat Loss On the fringes of the Bay lie the varied wetlands that feed and shelter the Bay’s wildlife. Chinook ...

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