Habitats: Freshwater, Bay, Marine

As the region’s name implies, water is a defining feature of the Bay Area. The largest Pacific estuary in the Americas — the San Francisco Bay — is the foundation for one of California’s most important ecological habitats and a link to the Pacific flyway. Meanwhile, the Pacific coastline connects the region to the global marine environment, bringing about a set of vulnerabilities and advantages apparent in a complex world.

Ask the Naturalist: Seabird Feeding Frenzy at Point Montara

September 25, 2015 by Alvaro Jaramillo

Why are large numbers of seabirds congregating off Point Montara?

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After Decades Away, Western Pond Turtles Come Home to Mountain Lake

July 28, 2015 by Lauren McNulty

Biologists released western pond turtles into Mountain Lake, marking another big step in the San Francisco lake's comeback.

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Tomales Bay Revival: The Ripple Effects of Restoration

June 21, 2015 by John Kelly and Jules Evens

When the "heart of the estuary" was restored in 2008, scientists expected to see wildlife return. But Tomales Bay's remarkable renewal in just seven years has exceeded expectations.


A Pretty Pink Nudibranch Moves North, and It’s a ‘Canary in the Tidepool’ for Climate Change

May 10, 2015 by Kaitlyn Kraybill-Voth

At low tide on the North Coast right now, the tidepools teem with Hopkins' rose nudibranchs. “This is not normal business as usual," says scientist Terry Gosliner.


Shaping Ocean Plastic into Awareness

April 23, 2015 by Paul Epstein

Engaging kids in art is second nature to renowned environmental artist and mom Lee Lee, whose collaborative art tiles project, DEBRIS, sprung out of her concern for her newborn son Thatcher's future in a world overrun by single-use plastics.

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San Francisco Bay: The Ocean’s Watershed

April 06, 2015 by Chelsea Leu

When it comes to the water in the San Francisco Bay, the ocean doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves. A UC Davis researcher and self-described "ocean evangelist" is trying to change that.


Keeping Watch on the Bay

January 29, 2015 by Beth Slatkin

When hundreds of surf scoters and other ducks wintering on San Francisco Bay were found coated with a baffling "mystery goo" a few weeks ago, San Francisco Baykeeper was one of the first organizations on the scene.

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Ask the Naturalist: Do pelicans carry their babies in their pouches?

January 09, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

A first-grade teacher asks: Do pelicans ever carry their young in their pouches? We asked International Bird Rescue for the answer.

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Fishing the Rip, Part 2

January 08, 2015 by Beth Slatkin

Jack Harrison, 26, is already a seasoned wilderness and fly-fishing guide and the lead survival instructor at Adventure Out outdoor ...

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Bayview: Eye-Opening “Functional Beauty”

January 01, 2015 by David Loeb

  I f you’re going to succeed as a species in this world, you need to get three things right: ...

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