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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.

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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Ask the Naturalist: Can Hummingbirds Taste Their Food?

August 01, 2017 by Marc Badger

What does a hummingbird taste in a flower?

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Two Almost Identical Lupines Live in the Same Place. One is Rare, One Not. Why?

June 28, 2017 by Alexander Fox

A new journal article tries to answer an ecological mystery at Point Reyes.

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The Last Frontier In Birding

June 28, 2017 by Alison Hawkes

Living tens, hundreds, even thousands of miles offshore, pelagic seabirds are some of the least understood and most threatened avian species in the world.

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Sharks Are Dying By the Hundreds in San Francisco Bay

May 02, 2017 by Eric Simons

Leopard sharks and bat rays are dying by the hundreds and washing ashore all around the Bay. A pathologist at the California Department Fish and Wildlife thinks he may know why.

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The Old Bay Bridge Is Coming Down, Leaving a 40-Year-Old Cormorant Colony Adrift

March 28, 2017 by Mark J. Rauzon

The last of the old Bay Bridge is coming down now, and with it will go a 40-year-old colony of double-crested cormorants.

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An Atlantic Bird Makes a New Home in California — Maybe Because of Melting Arctic Ice

March 28, 2017 by Alison Hawkes

Meet Morris the gannet, who's not supposed to be here but seems to have made a home of it.

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The Boldness of Bewick’s Wren

March 28, 2017 by Eric Schroeder

Bold Bewick's wrens are a welcome sight in the suburbs.

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Alameda Point Harbor Seals Thriving on a New Dock

March 08, 2017 by James Jordan

Efforts to build a new dock for harbor seals in Alameda have paid off.

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Ask The Naturalist: Do Badgers Hibernate?

February 22, 2017 by Bay Nature Staff

Do badgers hibernate during the winter? And if not, when *do* they emerge from their burrows? Guest naturalist Susan Kirks answers.

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