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.

A Backup Plan for the Delta Smelt

January 25, 2016 by Robin Meadows

The search for a backup plan as the Delta Smelt nears extinction in the wild.

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The Language of Sparrows

January 20, 2016 by Kim Todd

San Francisco white-crowned sparrows have their own dialects. As the city gets louder, those dialects are disappearing.

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Finding New Words for Nature

January 14, 2016 by Paul Epstein

Northern California naturalist David Lukas' latest book encourages people to "take back" nature by creating a new lexicon for natural phenomena.

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Brown Pelicans Show Breeding Failure

December 28, 2015 by Richard Bangert

About 100 California Brown Pelicans made an unusual appearance on the old wooden dock on the south side of Alameda Point. But only one of the pelicans could be identified as a one- or two-year-old.

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Bay Nature Staff Picks: Signs of the Season

December 21, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

Here are some of our staff's favorite signs of winter in the Bay Area.

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A Festival of Cranes

November 03, 2015 by Joe Eaton

Riding the autumn winds, the sandhill cranes are returning to the California Delta.

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Meet Bay Nature’s 2016 Local Heroes

November 02, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

Bay Nature Institute announces its Local Hero Award winners for 2016, and a special fourth award, presented to Bay Nature co-founder Malcolm Margolin.

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Bay Nature Staff Picks: Signs of the Season

November 01, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

Here are some of our staff's favorite signs of winter in the Bay Area.

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On The Trail of the Surprisingly Mysterious Gray Fox

October 21, 2015 by Elizabeth Rogers

Gray foxes in the Bay Area: Where are they? What are they? The answer to both questions is surprisingly complicated. Fortunately, there's "The Fox Guy."

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‘Climate Endangered’ Least Terns Thrive In Northern California, But For How Long?

October 21, 2015 by Timothy Hill

The California least tern is rare but thriving in the Bay Area. For now. An examination of what Audubon's "climate endangered" ranking means for a popular bird.

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