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.

High Temperatures Threaten Sacramento River’s Fall-Run King Salmon

September 23, 2014 by Ted Andersen

The early fall king salmon spawning run on the Sacramento River is taking place between Red Bluff and Redding, but prolonged drought has led to reduced flows from Lake Shasta and high water temperatures downriver, which could deal many egg nests a death blow.

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Eat Local, Eat Weird? The Secretive Monkeyface Eel Is Both.

September 19, 2014 by Sabine Bergmann

Fisherman Kirk Lombard encourages his seafood customers to eat small and eat weird. The monkeyface eel is both.

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Ocean Beach’s Sand Supply Dries Up, Leaving Plovers Squeezed

September 16, 2014 by Eric Simons

San Francisco's Ocean Beach, already struggling with foot traffic and free-roaming domestic pets, faces a serious erosion problem.

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Connecting with Whales in Monterey Bay

September 11, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Spotting whales in Monterey Bay is at historic highs. Marine biologist Dorris Welch explains why.

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Bay Area Seal Researchers Travel the Pacific to Save a Species

September 10, 2014 by Ted Andersen

Marin's Marine Mammal Center is spreading its reach across the Pacific, and this summer opened a $3.2 million seal hospital in Hawaii that is the only facility in the world dedicated to treating and protecting the Hawaiian monk seal.

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Ask the Naturalist: Wall-to-Wall Blue Jays?

September 05, 2014 by Ilana DeBare

A Berkeley reader asks why he's seeing so many jays lately.

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Sharing Secrets of the Oak Woodlands

August 13, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Over a decade of close observation and research led to Kate Marianchild's first book Secrets of the Oak Woodlands.

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Love a Shark? Save a Wetland

August 12, 2014 by Eric Simons

The resident sharks of the San Francisco Bay rely on healthy tidal wetlands.

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American Kestrel Population Drops Dramatically, And Without Fanfare

July 29, 2014 by Elizabeth Devitt

At the national level, the American kestrel population has been plummeting. Researchers in Santa Cruz are trying to learn more about the surprisingly mysterious birds.

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Ask The Naturalist: Can Deer Twins Be Born on Different Days?

July 28, 2014 by David Lukas

This week's guest naturalist David Lukas has the answer to a reader's intriguing cervid question.

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