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Least Tern Return

May 20, 2009 by Jody Zaitlin

Every spring California least terns return to the Bay Area to breed. These endangered birds, and other terns, have a remarkable hunting style: Drop quickly, and crash head-first into the water. Don't try that at home!

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Breeding Time for Herons

March 12, 2009 by Jody Zaitlin

Usually solitary birds, great blue herons and egrets abandon their private ways in spring, and you can see them nesting in tree tops around the region.

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Steelhead Spawning

January 30, 2009 by Jody Zaitlin

Steelhead are coming to spawn in a stream near you. If you're lucky, you may see some making their way upstream.


Time for Dungeness Crab

November 17, 2008 by Jody Zaitlin

Fall is harvest time for crab fishermen, who place "crab pots" offshore to catch Dungeness crabs. The crabs, the largest species on the West Coast, have a complex lifecycle that takes them from the open ocean to the Bay and back again.

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Return of the Coho

November 14, 2008 by Jody Zaitlin

Every winter, coho salmon return to coastal streams, though only 1 percent of the half million fish that once filled local streams. But you can still see them, and even help them survive.

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Tule Elk Rutting

October 17, 2008 by Jody Zaitlin

You can still see tule elk, the smallest of North America's elk, fighting for territory, mating, and raising their young in the Bay Area.

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Soaring South for the Winter

October 10, 2008 by Jody Zaitlin

Fall is prime time to see hundreds of hawks, falcons, and other raptors flying south over the Marin Headlands.

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Bats Threatened by Wind Power

October 08, 2008 by Jody Zaitlin

Studies elsewhere in the country suggest that bats may be suffering even more than birds as more and more windmills get built. And there are no easy answers: New, larger windmills considered safer for birds might be more dangerous to bats.

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Winged Arrival

September 29, 2008 by Jody Zaitlin

More than 900,000 shorebirds use San Francisco Bay sometime during the year, and fall is a great time to see them.

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Termite Emergence

August 22, 2008 by Jody Zaitlin

Watch for hungry dragonflies and jays darting about: That can be a sign that the termites are emerging! Termites live mostly underground (or in our walls!) but as winter approaches, they grow wings and take to the air in droves to form new colonies.

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The Midshipman’s Song

July 28, 2008 by Jody Zaitlin

During summer, this glowing Pacific fish makes nests in the muds of the San Francisco Bay and attracts a mate with humming.

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Beavers in Martinez

July 11, 2008 by Jody Zaitlin

Several beavers have taken up residence in downtown Martinez, and this summer may be the best time to see them, before they become more famous and attract bigger crowds or get forcibly ousted by the local government.

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