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Bay Nature magazineJanuary-March 2018

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.

It’s the Season for Tundra Swans

January 02, 2018 by Claire Peaslee

How to find and identify the great birds in the Central Valley.

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Toyon and Cedar Waxwings: A Classic Pairing

January 02, 2018 by Sue Rosenthal

Cedar waxwing flocks picking through bushes of red berries is a classic sign of late fall.

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How Long Does It Take to Restore a Population of Centenarian Fish?

January 02, 2018 by Serena Ingalls

The yelloweye rockfish can live to be 118 years old. It was declared overfished more than a decade ago, but recovery means patience.

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Woodrats Fumigate Their Nests With Bay Leaves to Control Fleas

January 02, 2018 by John Muir Laws

Life is so surprisingly webbed and interconnected.

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Why Do Turkey Vultures Have Red Heads?

November 21, 2017 by Tony Iwane

A few ideas.


Where Do Shorebirds Sleep at Night?

November 07, 2017 by Clayton Anderson

Where do shorebirds sleep? Hint: it's not always at night.

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In the Bay Area, Big Birds are Back

September 25, 2017 by Eric Simons

Bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and ospreys are in the news. Is there a connection?

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Best Spots to Find Migrating Swifts in the Bay Area

September 25, 2017 by John Muir Laws

Every fall thousands of Vaux's swifts migrate south, congregating at dusk in swirling flocks. Here's how to find them when they pass through the Bay Area.

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Snorkel Surveys Reveal the Fish World of Mount Tam’s Creeks

September 25, 2017 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

A biologist spends his days looking for coho and steelhead -- and small, spiny sticklebacks.


On the Hunt for Mount Tam’s Two Known Badgers

September 25, 2017 by Mary Ellen Hannibal

Camera traps show there are at least two badgers living around Mount Tam. Writer Mary Ellen Hannibal goes looking for them.

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