American kestrels, the smallest falcon in North America, are a familiar sight in the Bay Area.
It’s uncommon to see badgers in the Bay Area, even on camera traps.
Bobcats seem common to the Bay Area, but they like to hide from people.
A great deal has been written about the intelligence of crows and ravens, and for good reason. They’re charismatic, and it’s easy to anthropomorphize their behavior, to see something human-like in their use of tools and their family squabbles. The … Read more
A fox seems to be strolling up to the hidden camera, perhaps spotting it, or perhaps just wandering by. The camera, placed by Susan Ferry, is deep within Henry W. Coe State Park, the largest state park in Northern California, … Read more
Opossums are having a bit of a moment thanks to the internet. America’s only marsupial – the Virginia opossum Didelphis virginiana — is what many consider unlovely. Gray fur and a bare, prehensile tail make it look rather rat-like. Beady … Read more
Skunks almost always spray out of sight of humans. A hidden trail camera in Jasper Ridge shows what it looks like.
Urban raccoons are everywhere. Some evidence suggests they’re growing smarter from living in an urban world.
Most coyotes won’t stay within the Presidio’s relatively safe confines.
Quails can be found in a wide variety of habitats throughout California and the Bay Area, from scrublands to oak forests. They even sometimes wander into suburbs.