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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.

Hunt for San Francisco Bay Shark Killer Zeroes in on a Suspect

August 14, 2017 by Eric Simons

A protozoan pathogen appears to have killed thousands of sharks, rays and fish in the San Francisco Bay this spring.

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Summer Algal Bloom and Aquatic Grass Growth Forces Boats Off the Water in Berkeley’s Aquatic Park

July 27, 2017 by Sonner Kehrt

A yellow-brown blanket covers the Berkeley Aquatic Park lagoon.

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Sharks Are Dying By the Hundreds in San Francisco Bay

May 02, 2017 by Eric Simons

Leopard sharks and bat rays are dying by the hundreds and washing ashore all around the Bay. A pathologist at the California Department Fish and Wildlife thinks he may know why.

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The San Francisco Bay is One of the Most Remarkable, Overlooked Stories of Nature in the 21st Century

January 01, 2017 by Eric Simons

How did so many people come to see the Bay as lifeless, or as negative space to drive over?

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How To Go Tidepooling, a Guide for the Amateur

January 01, 2017 by Eric Simons

How to go tidepooling and find things.

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Meet Bay Nature’s 2017 Local Heroes

November 02, 2016 by Bay Nature Staff

Bay Nature Institute announces its 4 Local Hero Award winners for 2017.

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An Emissary of the Bay’s Forgotten Beaches

July 01, 2016 by Eric Simons

Hardly anyone knew about the plant called sea-blite when it lived on the shores of the San Francisco Bay. No one noticed when it disappeared. Now, thirty years after it went locally extinct, a freelance coastal ecologist sets out on an unlikely mission to bring it back.

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A Sea Snail’s Ability to Flee From Predators Is Impaired By More Acidic Water, New Paper Suggests

July 01, 2016 by Eric Simons

Sea snails flee from predators. A new research paper suggests that ocean acidification impairs that ability.

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Whale Resources

July 01, 2016 by Bay Nature Staff

Whale Watching: The Oceanic Society has offered naturalist-led whale-watching excursions in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1972. Excursions leave ...

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Measure AA for a Clean and Healthy Bay

June 07, 2016 by Alison Hawkes

Residents of the Bay Area’s nine counties have passed a $12-per-year parcel tax to raise $500 million toward wetlands restoration and other Bay shoreline improvements over the next 20 years in what will be a historic influx in funding for the Bay.

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