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Avocet Research

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

Avocet Research Associates, established in 1984, is an independent biological consulting firm. ARA wildlife biologists conduct monitoring studies of avian populations in Bay Area wetlands to document habitat affinities, abundance, viability, and reproductive success. We have collaborated with many of the environmental consulting firms and public agencies in the Bay Area to develop restoration plans, monitor goals and protocols, achieve long-term objectives, and solve management challenges. Our main focus is on rare, threatened, and endangered species, however we also conduct broad-scale biological reconnaissance, assessments, and impact analyses. Personnel includes: Jules Evens, Mary Anne Flett, Rich Stallcup, and Seth Bunnell.

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Cosumnes River Preserve

July 08, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

Every year, as many as 4,000 sandhill cranes overwinter in this preserve of wetlands, grasslands and riparian forest before returning ...

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Construction Begins on Largest Restoration in San Pablo Bay Refuge

October 25, 2011 by Juliet Grable

At first glance, Cullinan Ranch isn't much to look at. Bound by Dutchman Slough to the north and Highway 37 to the south, the Solano County property consists of 1,500 acres of low-lying fields. But this former farmland is about to become the largest restored marsh in the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

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The Laguna Gets Its Due

April 01, 2011 by Aleta George

On this year's World Wetlands Day 2011, Sonoma County's Laguna de Santa Rosa officially became a Wetland of International Importance according to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

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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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Cattails: A Wetlands Supermarket

October 01, 2009 by Aleta George

Cattails are hard to miss, yet often dismissed. Whether in solitary clumps in a ditch or spread out in marshy fields, the burnt umber rockets hovering above dark-green blades add texture and familiarity to the landscape. They also turn out to be quite useful, with pollen that can be used as flour and roots that might help wetlands cope with sea level rise.

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A Good Big Year

January 01, 2009 by Aleta George

December 31, 2008, marked the end of the 2008 Endangered Species Big Year in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area ...

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Shifting Sands

April 01, 2008 by Jules Evens

At the mouth of Tomales Bay, sand dunes and seasonal wetlands coexist uneasily with California's largest coastal campground. The dunes at Lawson's Landing, home to rare butterflies and plants like the dune tansy, are among the few left of a once-common coastal habitat that could be restored and maintained as a healthy, functioning ecosystem. But can that be accomplished without driving out the family-run camping operation at the dunes that, since 1957, has been an affordable summer getaway for thousands of visitors?

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Patience Rewarded

January 01, 2008 by Joe Eaton

You might be taken by surprise at this marshland wildlife area, with its plethora of wandering elk, playful otters, acrobatic owls, and diverse waterfowl. Just be sure it's not hunting season when you go.

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