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Basking Sharks Appear, Briefly, In Monterey Bay — But Don’t Call It a Comeback

September 04, 2015 by Lauren McNulty

Enormous basking sharks were once common off Monterey, but it’s now very rare to see as many sharks in one place as were reported in July.

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Ask the Naturalist: The Secret of the Slender Redwoods

September 03, 2015 by David Herlocker

Why are some stands of redwoods so spindly? Marin County Parks naturalist David Herlocker explains this anomaly.

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Richardson Bay Sea Otter Likely Died From Parasite, Biotoxin

September 02, 2015 by Eric Simons

The sea otter that spent three weeks in Richardson Bay in late June and early July likely died of a “one-two punch” of domoic acid poisoning and infection from the possum-borne parasite Sarcocystis neurona, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife pathologist says.

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Today in El Niño Advice: Don’t Worry About The Blob

September 01, 2015 by Eric Simons

The Pacific Ocean is the hottest we've ever seen it. What that means -- or doesn't -- for the coming El Niño.


A Condor Recovery, Fueled By Volunteers, Needs More Help

August 26, 2015 by Elizabeth Rogers

Through their numbers are on the right track, the condor population isn’t self-sustaining. Condors in the wild still face significant threats from lead poisoning and micro trash, and require constant monitoring -- most of it by volunteers.

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El Niño’s Here. What Does That Actually Mean?

August 25, 2015 by Les Rowntree

Two strong historical El Nino wet winters nurture hope for relief from our current drought. But there are several good reasons to hedge about the coming winter.

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The Peninsula Watershed: To Open, Or Not To Open?

August 20, 2015 by Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton

The 23,000 acres around Crystal Springs are prime hiking territory in an urban region desperate for more places to get outdoors. They're also home to numerous endangered species, and critical to San Francisco's drinking water supply.


Q&A: The Unseen Peninsula’s Private Photographer

August 20, 2015 by Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton

“I am what poet, farmer, essayist and author Wendell Berry might call a placed person, and this is my home.”

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Ask the Naturalist: Why are deer droppings so tiny?

August 19, 2015 by Cat Taylor

Why are deer droppings so small? East Bay Regional Parks' Cat Taylor has the scoop on ungulate poop.

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What’s Living in the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge? Plenty, Still.

August 13, 2015 by Timothy Hill

The Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge might not look like much. But its industrial surroundings hide a biodiversity gem.

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In Tough Year for Seals and Sea Lions, Rescue Center Works Overtime

August 12, 2015 by Melanie Hess

In a normal year, The Marine Mammal Center rescues around 600 animals. It's only August, and they're way, way past that number.

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The Lost Birds of Point Reyes

August 10, 2015 by Carolyn Longstreth

As birding became more popular in the 1970s and 1980s, records of the rare sightings accumulated from Point Reyes and other local “vagrant traps,” coastal sites with high concentrations of vagrant birds.

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How to Get Along With Coyotes As Pups Venture Out

August 06, 2015 by Janet Kessler

Tips from coyote watcher Janet Kessler on coexisting with urban predators.


What Moths Live in the East Bay Hills? On ‘Moth Night,’ A Chance to Find Out

August 06, 2015 by Brett Simpson

“Moths are definitely under-appreciated,” says the moth expert leading a nighttime moth expedition in El Cerrito. “People are scared of them. You don’t really get to see them, except when they’re knocking on your window or crowding your porch lights.”

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