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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.

Why Do Turkey Vultures Have Red Heads?

November 21, 2017 by Tony Iwane

A few ideas.

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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.

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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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In the Forests Around Mount Tam, The Southern Range of Northern Spotted Owls

September 25, 2017 by Jules Evens

The luxuriant forests of Upper Lagunitas Creek, Phoenix Lake, and Bolinas Ridge are critical sanctuary for the northern spotted owl.

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Ask the Naturalist: What Do Hummingbirds Taste?

September 25, 2017 by Michael Ellis

How do hummingbirds experience sugar?

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Ask The Naturalist: Why Are There So Many Birds On the Beach At One Time?

September 12, 2017 by Donna Pomeroy

Head to the beach on one of these late summer days and you're liable to come across a wonderful spectacle of nature: the feeding frenzy.

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Hunt for San Francisco Bay Shark Killer Zeroes in on a Suspect

August 14, 2017 by Eric Simons

A protozoan pathogen appears to have killed thousands of sharks, rays and fish in the San Francisco Bay this spring.

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