Baykeeper Updates Related to Wildlife & Habitat

Monthly Column: October 1, 2013
On autumn nights, flocks of western grebes end their migration by alighting on San Francisco Bay, their seasonal home. These strikingly beautiful birds are about two and half feet long, black on top with white undersides. They have yellow beaks, bright red eyes, and long, swanlike necks. Migrating...
Monthly Column: August 1, 2013
Have you walked along the shores of San Francisco Bay and spotted a dark head in the water, with big eyes looking back at you? From the safety of water, a harbor seal will often curiously watch people walking on the beach. Harbor seals can also playfully bump swimmers, although they have been known...
BK In The News: February 4, 2013
The United States has named the San Francisco Bay and Estuary as its 35th Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, effective on World Wetlands Day, February 2. Deb Self, executive director of the nonprofit San Francisco Baykeeper, said of the designation, “It’s terrific news...
Monthly Column: May 9, 2012
Are gray whales coming into San Francisco Bay more often? Baykeeper is helping to find out, and you can help, too. We’re assisting the Oceanic Society with a new study to find out how many gray whales are coming to the Bay and what dangers they face. The public is encouraged to help by reporting...
Blog Post: March 8, 2012
To keep whales safe in the Bay, boaters need to stay at least 300 feet away—about the length of a football field—warns the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. A gray whale has been spotted in the Bay over the last couple of days,...
Blog Post: December 20, 2011
A pair of river otters popped up December 17 on a dock behind the 101 Surf Sports shop in San Rafael. Our friends at the shop took this photo. River otters often go into salt water and have been seen in the open ocean off the Mendocino coast. They are also seen co-mingling with sea otters in Puget...
Blog Post: October 7, 2011
Today California Governor Jerry Brown approved a bill that will ban the possession, sale and distribution of imported shark fins in the state of California. Under the new law, shark fins will not be allowed to be imported into the state beginning in January 2012. This legislation will help shark...
Blog Post: September 6, 2011
California Assembly Bill 376, which would prohibit the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins in the state, successfully passed the California Senate today and will now go to Governor Jerry Brown to be signed into law. Baykeeper joined environmental and conservation groups in...
Featured Stories: August 26, 2011
While the nation’s attention was rapt by the debt ceiling showdown, the Congress was busy behind the scenes using the Appropriations process out of public view to eviscerate the Clean Water Act. In another instance of holding federal budgets hostage, Republicans have been quietly passing huge...
Blog Post: August 15, 2011
While the nation’s attention was rapt by the debt ceiling showdown, the Congress was busy behind the scenes using the Appropriations process out of public view to eviscerate the Clean Water Act. In another instance of holding federal budgets hostage, Republicans have been quietly passing huge...

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