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.

Whale Resources

July 01, 2016 by Bay Nature Staff

Whale Watching: The Oceanic Society has offered naturalist-led whale-watching excursions in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1972. Excursions leave ...

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Endangered Bird Songs for the Cello

June 28, 2016 by Lucy Kang

A San Francisco artist interprets the songs of endangered birds for the cello.

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A Tern For the Better

June 16, 2016 by Chelsea Leu

A human created habitat in Hayward and Alameda gives the endangered Least Tern a shot at survival.

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Mad as a March Hare

April 29, 2016 by Alison Hawkes

The complicated boxing matches of black-tailed jackrabbits.

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Nature Journaling: John Muir Laws and the Art of Slowing Down, Sitting Still, and Paying Attention

April 18, 2016 by John Muir Laws

"As a naturalist, educator, and artist, I have found that my journal is the most necessary tool I carry into the field with me; it is even more necessary than my binoculars."

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Point Reyes Elk Test Positive for Disease

February 28, 2016 by Alison Hawkes

A potentially fatal bacterial disease has been found among a free-roaming tule elk herd at Point Reyes National Seashore, raising concerns about the close proximity of wildlife to cattle on national parkland.

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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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