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.

What People Talk About When They Talk About Sage Grouse

May 13, 2015 by Eric Simons

How the greater sage grouse, a chicken-like resident of the sagebrush prairie, became what some call the most important conservation story in a generation.

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Spring Brings Peak Bird Biodiversity

May 05, 2015 by Josiah Clark

For birdwatchers, this is the most exciting time of year. Everything knows where it's going and it moves fast.

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A Helping Hand for Bluebirds

April 03, 2015 by Aleta George

People come out of the woodwork to protect bluebirds.

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Pioneering The Mammal Big Day

March 12, 2015 by Peter Pyle

The idea of recording as many mammals as you can see in 24 hours hasn't caught on the way the birding big day has. But when a team of longtime biologists set out into the field, their efforts netted them some important new information about Northern California's wild mammals -- and a new North American record.

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Gray Fox Spotted in Presidio for First Time In More Than a Decade

February 20, 2015 by Eric Simons

A Presidio Trust biological science tech spotted a gray fox near the Batteries to Bluffs trail on Wednesday, the first recorded in the Presidio since 2004.

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The Romance of Raptors

February 12, 2015 by Beth Slatkin

Raptor expert Larry Broderick of Sonoma-based West County Hawk Watch has been enamored of birds of prey since childhood. We swooped in to chat with Larry about his favorite predators on the eve of this weekend's SF Bay Flyway Festival.

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What’s Killing California’s Native Pigeon?

February 09, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

Scientists are using genetic tests to determine how a nasty parasite is killing off the band-tailed pigeon.

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Shapeshifter, Trickster, Survivor: Coyote in the Modern World

February 05, 2015 by Joe Eaton

Coyotes have been remarkably resilient and tenacious, surviving—thriving, even—in our midst as a relict and a messenger from a much wilder California.

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Never Mind the Game; Here’s a Superb Owl in San Jose

January 30, 2015 by Laura Hautala

This is no mere Internet meme: the City of San Jose has a burrowing owl preserve, with hidden cameras, and it is spectacular.

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Keeping Watch on the Bay

January 29, 2015 by Beth Slatkin

When hundreds of surf scoters and other ducks wintering on San Francisco Bay were found coated with a baffling "mystery goo" a few weeks ago, San Francisco Baykeeper was one of the first organizations on the scene.

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