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Ocean Beach’s Sand Supply Dries Up, Leaving Plovers Squeezed

September 16, 2014 by Eric Simons

San Francisco's Ocean Beach, already struggling with foot traffic and free-roaming domestic pets, faces a serious erosion problem.

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Ocean Beach (GGNRA)

July 08, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

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Circles in the sand

February 13, 2012 by Paul Epstein

Now you see it. Now you don't. Jim Denevan creates art --very large art -- out of the most ephemeral media: patterns in sand which will wash away with the tide, tracings in the earth that will disappear with the first rain, etchings upon icy lakes that must melt with the coming of spring. Beach aficionados know him as "that surfer dude," but his artwork is reminiscent of masters like Christo and Goldsworthy.

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Sea Level Rise Could Wipe Out Ocean Beach

September 21, 2011 by Elizabeth Proctor

A new study finds flooding and episodic storm events could result in an estimated $20 million in damages by 2100. And accelerated landward erosion from an estimated 1.4-meter rise in sea-level by 2100 could result in $540 million in damages. Along the way, we'd lose habitat for plovers and bank swallows and a favorite recreation spot for millions of people.

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Kids Clean Up and Make Art at Ocean Beach

May 20, 2011 by Juliet Grable

How do you get 500-plus kids to sit still on the beach? Tell them a helicopter is about to fly overhead and take their collective photograph, and that by the way, they'll also be on television. It happened at Ocean Beach, and all in the name of ocean conservation.

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Kids’ Ocean Day: Cleaning Beaches and Making Art

May 10, 2011 by Juliet Grable

On May 19 thousands of kids from San Diego to Vancouver will gather on seven West Coast beaches to pick up trash and create impressive aerial art. These kids are participating in Ocean Day, part of the California Coastal Commission's Adopt-A-Beach Program.

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Welcome Back, Snowy Plovers

July 01, 2010 by Lissa Miner

Despite the fog, we still think of summer as beach season here in the Bay Area. And that's one thing we have in common with the western snowy plover, a small bird that needs a lot of help to brave the crowds on San Francisco's beaches. Volunteering to watch, walk, and talk for the snowy plover at Ocean Beach or Crissy Field may be just right for you.

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Protecting Plovers

April 01, 2009 by Aleta George

On a gray September day, I walked north on Ocean Beach from Sloat Boulevard to the Cliff House. It was ...

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Mole Crab Decline

July 01, 2008 by Aleta George

On sandy beaches from Alaska to Baja, you’ve likely seen plovers, sanderlings, willets, and other shorebirds foraging for food in ...

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What were those fins off Ocean Beach?

January 01, 2007 by Michael Ellis

Q: Off San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, I saw dorsal fins beyond the surfers. After 20 minutes, I saw two bearers ...

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