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Bay Nature magazineApril-June 2006

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Poolside Beauties

April 01, 2006 by Aleta George

Vernal pools are havens for specialized species, including the endangered Contra Costa goldfield and the native solitary bee that pollinates it.

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Altering the ESA

January 01, 2006 by Aleta George

In October 2005 the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that, if approved by the Senate and signed into ...

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Listing of the California Tiger Salamander

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

With the rainy season upon us, California tiger salamanders will soon emerge from the depths of squirrel and gopher burrows ...

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Southern Resident Killer Whale in Monterey Bay

July 01, 2003 by Leah Messinger

A funny thing happened in 2000. And again in 2003. For the first and second time in recorded history, a ...

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Eye to Eye with Otters

July 01, 2003 by Lisa Zaretsky

Dubbed the cosmic center of the universe by locals, Elkhorn Slough is one of the richest wetlands along the California coast, a magnet for wildlife and humans alike. And the best way to see it all is in a kayak.

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Pacific Lamprey

April 01, 2003 by Sara Marcellino

Over the years, a lot of attention has been paid to declining salmon and trout populations in the Bay Area. ...

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A Leap of Faith

April 01, 2002 by David Rains Wallace

After moving to Berkeley from Mendocino County, writer David Wallace found that he missed the springtime serenades of his local amphibians. So the dug a small pond in his backyard to see if he could get a few frogs to breed there. It turns out that despite the very real threats posed by pollution and sprawl, the Bay Area's native frogs are remarkably resilient survivors.

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Butterflies and Bulldozers on an Island of Time

April 01, 2002 by Susan Zakin

San Bruno Mountain rises along the southern border of San Francisco, remnant of an ecosystem that once covered much of this peninsula. The mountain provides a tenuous refuge for some of the rare plants and endangered butterflies that have lost much of their former habitat. And it beckons to people who want a taste of the San Francisco peninsula as it was before Europeans arrived.

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California Quail Named Official Bird of City of San Francisco

July 01, 2001 by Marilyn Smulyan

Best known for its topknot and characteristic call—”chi-ca-go”—our state bird, the California quail, was recently named “Official Bird of the ...

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A Slough Runs Through It

January 01, 2001 by Joe Eaton

On the edge of the tidal marsh fringing Suisun Slough, a streaky dark-brown sparrow gleans seeds of tules and other ...


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