Latest from wetlands
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?