Wildlife: Birds, Mammals, Fish

Sea otters, brown pelicans, chinook salmon, tule elk: these are just some of the amazing species that inhabit the San Francisco Bay Area. Their charisma has inspired countless conservation efforts and have enticed everyday people and impassioned naturalists into the wild.

A Festival of Cranes

November 03, 2015 by Joe Eaton

Riding the autumn winds, the sandhill cranes are returning to the California Delta.

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Meet Bay Nature’s 2016 Local Heroes

November 02, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

Bay Nature Institute announces its Local Hero Award winners for 2016, and a special fourth award, presented to Bay Nature co-founder Malcolm Margolin.

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On The Trail of the Surprisingly Mysterious Gray Fox

October 21, 2015 by Elizabeth Rogers

Gray foxes in the Bay Area: Where are they? What are they? The answer to both questions is surprisingly complicated. Fortunately, there's "The Fox Guy."

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‘Climate Endangered’ Least Terns Thrive In Northern California, But For How Long?

October 21, 2015 by Timothy Hill

The California least tern is rare but thriving in the Bay Area. For now. An examination of what Audubon's "climate endangered" ranking means for a popular bird.

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2016 Bay Nature Hero Award Winner

October 20, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

Publishing icon and Bay Nature co-founder Malcolm Margolin will receive a special award for his invaluable contributions to Bay Nature and the cultural life of the Bay Area.

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How Humans, and Dogs, Can Coexist With Coyotes in San Francisco

October 20, 2015 by Graelyn Brashear

San Francisco holds public meetings on coexisting with coyotes.


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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The Black Oystercatcher Gets ‘Climate Endangered’ Status — But It’s Complicated

September 04, 2015 by Timothy Hill

The popular black oystercatcher has been labeled "climate endangered" by Audubon. What does that mean for birds in the Bay Area?


Basking Sharks Appear, Briefly, In Monterey Bay — But Don’t Call It a Comeback

September 04, 2015 by Lauren McNulty

Enormous basking sharks were once common off Monterey, but it’s now very rare to see as many sharks in one place as were reported in July.

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Richardson Bay Sea Otter Likely Died From Parasite, Biotoxin

September 02, 2015 by Eric Simons

The sea otter that spent three weeks in Richardson Bay in late June and early July likely died of a “one-two punch” of domoic acid poisoning and infection from the possum-borne parasite Sarcocystis neurona, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife pathologist says.

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