virginia opossum

More Opossums for the Internet

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Opossums are having a bit of a moment thanks to the internet. America’s only marsupial – the Virigina opossum Didelphis virginiana — is what many consider unlovely. Gray fur and a bare, prehensile tail make it look rather rat-like. Beady … Read more

golden-crown sparrow

The Birds Come Back to the Bay

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Like me, you may have seen recent headlines sounding the alarm that birds are vanishing from North America. From the abstract of the September 2019 report in the journal Science, an “integration of range-wide population trajectories and size estimates indicates a net loss … Read more

western pond turtle

Where Do Turtles Go in Winter and Summer?

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Where do turtles go in the winter and summer? —Alma, Sebastopol I am assuming you are referring to our only native freshwater turtle—the western pond turtle—which you might see basking in the sun and then quickly kerplunking right into the … Read more