From Bay Nature magazineJul-Sep 2014

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.

Marsh Once More: The Bay Trail Takes Off at Hamilton Airfield

July 10, 2014 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Looking out across the 650-acre project toward the distant Godzilla arm of the backhoe against the blue sky, I finally see on the ground what the planners and engineers have been describing to me ever since I first began writing stories about Hamilton ten years ago: a tapestry of habitats.

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On Its 40th Anniversary, the Farallon Wilderness Remains Uniquely Wild

July 08, 2014 by Eric Simons

Each wilderness area has its own unique essence, and the Farallon Islands' might just be how utterly, unbelievably wild it is.

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The Jumbo Squid Have Left California. Or Have They?

May 22, 2014 by Sean Greene

Humboldt Squid have moved into and out of California, sometimes for years at a time, for centuries. Now an El Niño approaches the Pacific Coast, and squid researchers are waiting.

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The Last Oyster

May 20, 2014 by Sean Greene

The West Coast’s native Olympia oyster serves an important role as an ecosystem builder with its ability to filter the water. But owing to reasons that are still somewhat unclear, over the last few millennia native oysters have largely disappeared from the San Francisco Bay.

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“Bay Nature on the Air” Nominated for Northern California Emmy Award

May 14, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Bay Nature on the Air -- nature shorts based on features from Bay Nature magazine -- has been nominated for a regional Emmy Award.

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A Long Time Coming, but the Bay’s Back at Former Hamilton Airfield

April 30, 2014 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Last week a backhoe knocked a hole in the outer levee at the former Hamilton Army Airfield, letting the Bay seep back onto a landscape that had undergone 18 years of preparation for this moment.

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The Drought Could Harm Research At Farallon Islands

April 24, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Without rainwater, Farallon Islands research station is unable to function.

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A New Haven for the Leopard Shark

April 17, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Leopard sharks are a shallow-water coastal species, with a range extending from southern Oregon to southern Baja California. They are the most abundant shark species in the San Francisco Bay.

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Could this be the end of California’s drift gillnet fishing?

April 16, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The tide may be finally turning against the use of drift gillnets off California waters. WARNING: Disturbing images.

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Nudibranchs, Kings of the Tidepool, Command An Audience

April 14, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

There are lots of pretty pictures of the 3,000 nudibranchs species already discovered, but few specifics. Key elements of their fundamental biology are still poorly understood, or not understood at all. Or not even examined.

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