The San Francisco Bay is our region's dominant geographic feature.

chinook salmon

Did Salmon Always Live in San José?

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After an absence of many decades, Chinook salmon swim up the Guadalupe River in San José most winters. The fish look for places to lay eggs and often find them. If there’s enough water left in the dry season, their … Read more

salt marsh harvest mouse

A Mouse Surprise

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Despite the fact that the salt marsh harvest mouse is the only mammal that scrapes out its existence exclusively in tidal marshes, no one has ever bothered to seriously study its physiology.

oyster shell illustration

Eat an Oyster, Restore a Reef

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Linda Hunter pulls up to Bay Natives Nursery in Bayview-Hunters Point and opens the rear hatch of her gray Prius. Inside are several white plastic buckets full of shells. They come from oysters eaten the previous day by customers at … Read more