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.

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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A Condor Recovery, Fueled By Volunteers, Needs More Help

August 26, 2015 by Elizabeth Rogers

Through their numbers are on the right track, the condor population isn’t self-sustaining. Condors in the wild still face significant threats from lead poisoning and micro trash, and require constant monitoring -- most of it by volunteers.

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Ask the Naturalist: Why are deer droppings so tiny?

August 19, 2015 by Cat Taylor

Why are deer droppings so small? East Bay Regional Parks' Cat Taylor has the scoop on ungulate poop.

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In Tough Year for Seals and Sea Lions, Rescue Center Works Overtime

August 12, 2015 by Melanie Hess

In a normal year, The Marine Mammal Center rescues around 600 animals. It's only August, and they're way, way past that number.

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The Lost Birds of Point Reyes

August 10, 2015 by Carolyn Longstreth

As birding became more popular in the 1970s and 1980s, records of the rare sightings accumulated from Point Reyes and other local “vagrant traps,” coastal sites with high concentrations of vagrant birds.

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Richardson Bay Sea Otter, First in San Francisco Bay Since 2011, Dies

July 16, 2015 by Eric Simons

A young sea otter that had spent the last several weeks living in Richardson Bay died over the weekend.


Pelagic Birding for Beginners

July 13, 2015 by Maureen Lahiff

We’re fortunate in the Bay Area to have access to good day-long pelagic birding trips. Here are some tips from the Golden Gate Audubon Society.

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