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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.

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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A Ghost Bird Visits Santa Cruz

November 01, 2016 by Sally Rae Kimmel

A leucistic hummingbird spent the summer at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.

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People Keep Condors Flying in the Pinnacles

October 31, 2016 by Alison Hawkes

Volunteers track the condor recovery in the Pinnacles

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Ask the Naturalist: What’s with all the squirrels in Marin?

October 27, 2016 by Bay Nature Staff

A reader asks: Are there more squirrels running around this fall than in years past?

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An Illustrated Guide to Watching for Humpback Whales

October 14, 2016 by John Muir Laws

What to look for when watching humpbacks.

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After Decades Away, River Otters Make a Triumphant Return to the Bay Area

September 27, 2016 by Kat McGowan

Scientists and volunteers track the river otter's remarkable return, and how to keep it going

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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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Endangered Bird Songs for the Cello

June 28, 2016 by Lucy Kang

A San Francisco artist interprets the songs of endangered birds for the cello.

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A Tern For the Better

June 16, 2016 by Chelsea Leu

A human created habitat in Hayward and Alameda gives the endangered Least Tern a shot at survival.

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Mad as a March Hare

April 29, 2016 by Alison Hawkes

The complicated boxing matches of black-tailed jackrabbits.

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