Climate Change

Rising seas, droughts, invasive species, and fires are some of the impacts Northern California can expect as the world warms. Climate change is dramatically altering the San Francisco Bay Area’s ecosystems and raising profound questions among conservationists about how to help species best adapt to new conditions.

Ask the Naturalist: Sea Foam – How Much is Too Much?

October 22, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

How much sea foam along the shore is normal for this time of year? And how can you tell if it's harmful to marine life? We asked UC Santa Cruz oceanographer Raphael Kudela.

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‘Climate Endangered’ Least Terns Thrive In Northern California, But For How Long?

October 21, 2015 by Timothy Hill

The California least tern is rare but thriving in the Bay Area. For now. An examination of what Audubon's "climate endangered" ranking means for a popular bird.

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El Niño Update: It’s Going to Rain (Almost Certainly, Probably)

October 02, 2015 by Les Rowntree

The forecaster mood and message is upbeat these days, with less hedging and more agreement that, yes, this El Niño winter could be a wet one.


The Black Oystercatcher Gets ‘Climate Endangered’ Status — But It’s Complicated

September 04, 2015 by Timothy Hill

The popular black oystercatcher has been labeled "climate endangered" by Audubon. What does that mean for birds in the Bay Area?


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.


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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Edges of Extinction

August 04, 2015 by Nicholas Weiler

UC Santa Cruz ecologist Barry Sinervo studies dying species like a detective at a murder scene, hoping to identify animals near the brink of extinction.

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Q&A: San Francisco Public Press Reporter Kevin Stark on Sea Level Rise and Bay Area Preparations

July 30, 2015 by Eric Simons

Reporter Kevin Stark, one of the co-authors on a major new sea level rise project from the San Francisco Public Press, talks about the challenges of thinking about and reporting on sea level rise in the Bay Area.

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When It Rains, It Pours: Historic Drought and Atmospheric Rivers

July 27, 2015 by Les Rowntree

Current climate change research suggests California’s weather could become even more variable than in the past, a “new normal” of drier dry periods punctuated by wetter winter storms.

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