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.

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.


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.


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.


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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What is the mystery substance that killed East Bay seabirds?

January 20, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

State investigators will begin testing a mystery substance that has killed or injured more than 200 seabirds in the San Francisco Bay.

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Ask the Naturalist: Do pelicans carry their babies in their pouches?

January 09, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

A first-grade teacher asks: Do pelicans ever carry their young in their pouches? We asked International Bird Rescue for the answer.

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Fishing the Rip, Part 2

January 08, 2015 by Beth Slatkin

Jack Harrison, 26, is already a seasoned wilderness and fly-fishing guide and the lead survival instructor at Adventure Out outdoor ...

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Bay Buffet: The Spawn of the Pacific Herring

January 08, 2015 by Eric Simons

The pulses in this silver fish wave, reaching up to a mile long by a mile wide, represent perhaps the largest aggregations of animals you’ll ever find in Northern California.

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