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From Indonesia to California – Protecting Pacific Leatherback Turtles

October 13, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Did you know the Pacific leatherback turtle is California's official marine reptile? Nesting in Indonesia then migrating to Californian waters to feast on jellyfish, this elusive species is a truly global traveler. But with threats both in the Pacific and on their nesting beaches, the leatherback turtle may not be around for that much longer.


Sea Turtle Restoration Project

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

The Sea Turtle Restoration Project fights to protect endangered sea turtles in ways that make cultural and economic sense to the communities that share the beaches and waters with them. Has offices in California, Texas, Papua New Guinea, and Costa Rica.

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Western Fence Lizard

December 30, 2010 by Rick Bacigalupi

Western fence lizards are a common sight in Bay Area parks on sunny days. “When you see them,” says naturalist ...

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Western Rattlesnakes

December 30, 2010 by Rick Bacigalupi

Naturalist Michael Ellis says western rattlesnakes eat lots of rodents and they’re just plain cool! Rattlesnakes are the only snakes ...

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Native Son

April 01, 2010 by Matthew Bettelheim

The Pacific Coast of North America has only one species of native turtle: the western pond turtle. Just 80 years ago, a naturalist found more than 100 of these creatures thriving along an unremarkable stretch of a local creek. Today, a similar survey turns up a fraction of that, as natives compete with plentiful escaped pet turtles and other exotics. But a new conservation plan could tip that balance, and public awareness, back in the western pond turtle's favor.


The Battle of the Bulge

July 01, 2008 by Kathleen M. Wong

Snakes are famous for the amount of food they can stuff inside their skinny bodies. It’s common for a snake ...

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View from the Ground

July 01, 2008 by Kathleen M. Wong

Most folks don't think much of snakes unless they trip over them. It turns out that a remarkable diversity of serpents lives nearby, from beautiful red-bellied ring-necked snakes hiding under logs in damp woodlands to three- or four-foot rattlers sunning themselves on rocky slopes in Sunol Regional Wilderness. Able predators, many of our local snakes have evolved fascinating strategies for subduing their prey, whether rodents, amphibians, or even other snakes.

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Voyage of an Ancient Mariner

July 01, 2008 by Joy Lanzendorfer

The world’s largest turtle visits the Central California coast every summer.

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Watching for Blue Bellies

June 12, 2008 by Laura Hautala

We've all seen these plentiful little lizards flitting about our trails. Did you know they're a critical food source and even help protect you from Lyme disease?

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