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The Black Oystercatcher Gets ‘Climate Endangered’ Status — But It’s Complicated

September 04, 2015 by Timothy Hill

The popular black oystercatcher has been labeled "climate endangered" by Audubon. What does that mean for birds in the Bay Area?


The Smallest Sandpipers

January 15, 2013 by Joe Eaton

Our two local sandpipers are cute as buttons, hard to tell apart, and eat primordial ooze. What's not to love?

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Stilt vs. Avocet

October 16, 2012 by John Muir Laws

Jack Laws lays it out on two of our most charismatic shorebirds: the black-necked stilt and the American avocet. Check ...

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Top Billing for Shorebirds

October 01, 2009 by Alan Kaplan

As summer turns to fall, thousands of shorebirds return to the shoreline and mudflats of San Francisco Bay, either for a pit stop on their way south or to stay for the winter. Sometimes many different kinds gather in one place. How can you tell them apart?

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Catch Some Wild Zzz’s

October 01, 2008 by Mike Koslosky

Animals have to sleep too! But sometimes they do it a bit differently than we do.

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Dredging up an Avian Oasis

July 01, 2004 by Bill O’Brien

What do you get when you scoop up 250,000 cubic yards of muck from the Petaluma River? Prime shorebird habitat, of course. Unlikely as it may seem, Shollenberger Park is a place where birders have spotted 150 bird species, from nesting avocets and stilts to harriers and egrets. And a new addition to the park will make it one of the largest publicly accessible stretches of wetlands in the Bay Area.

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Out in the Tules

January 01, 2004 by Joe Eaton

The rounded hills by the Bay are the first thing that catch your eye at Coyote Hills Regional Park. But the brackish and freshwater marshes behind the hills have a charm of their own. Remnant of a once-extensive mix of tidal and freshwater wetlands that sustained a thriving Ohlone community for several thousand years, the marsh is now home to marsh wrens, muskrats, and one of the East Bay's few remaining patches of tules.

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October 01, 2003 by Leah Messinger

While you’re exploring the Bay Area this fall, keep your eyes open for the new bird on the Bay. Ten ...

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The Call of the Rails

October 01, 2002 by Rosemary Lombard

The Bay Trail through the Palo Alto Baylands is among the best places to see the endangered California clapper rail and multitudes of other shorebirds.

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