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Sutro Sam, the first river otter in San Francisco in fifty years (photo by Mila Zinkova)

Sutro Sam: San Francisco’s Celebrity River Otter

3/3/2013 // By Beth Pratt

“There he is!” exclaimed an onlooker as the otter’s head peered above the water. The patient crowd gathered around Sutro Baths—the ruins of a 19th century public bathing pool on the Pacific Coast—had been awaiting the appearance of “Sutro Sam,” […] Read more >

Harbor Seals

Victory for California’s Harbor Seals!

11/29/2012 // By Robyn Carmichael

Thanks to thousands of wildlife advocates like you, the Obama Administration and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar have granted full wilderness protection to Drakes Estero, the ecological heart of Point Reyes National Seashore in northern California–giving harbor seals the long overdue […] Read more >

Harbor Seals

Saving a California Treasure

10/20/2012 // By Melissa Samet

If you’re anything like me, it wouldn’t take much to convince you that commercial oyster operations should be removed from the heart of a National Park as soon as possible—especially from an estuary that supports the largest breeding population of […] Read more >

Manhattan Beach

California Love: 40 Years of Clean Water Act Protections

10/16/2012 // By Robyn Fischer

This Thursday marks the 4oth Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which begs the question: what has the Clean Water Act done for your favorite waters—the very waters you swim in, you fish on, and/or you get your drinking water from? […] Read more >

Wolf researcher Doug Smith took this recent photo of a grizzly bear on a bison carcass in Yellowstone. (Photo Doug Smith/NPS)

What a bear really does in the woods…in Yellowstone

9/12/2012 // By Beth Pratt

During my time in Yellowstone, I witnessed some truly extraordinary wildlife encounters. Yet none compare with the experiences of Doug Smith, the leader of Yellowstone’s Wolf Project. Doug has studied wolves for almost thirty years and has been in Yellowstone […] Read more >

California coastal bottlenose dolphins off Avila Beach in California (photo by Beth Pratt

Whales, Dolphins, Seals, Oh My! Marine Mammals at California’s Central Coast

9/7/2012 // By Beth Pratt

Whales and other marine mammals have been sighted recently in abundance off the Central Coast of California-specifically Avila, Pismo and Seal Beaches. Photos and videos of humpback whales surfacing and surprising boaters and kayakers have gone viral, and visitors have […] Read more >

Jackrabbit leaping through a field

Photo of the Day: Leaps and Bounds

8/30/2012 // By Rachel Stemen

What Did You See Today? Share your wildlife sightings with our Wildlife Watch program and see what species others are spotting in our Wildlife Watch Flickr group.   Read more >

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Facing the Reality of Climate Change: My Day With Al Gore

8/28/2012 // By Beth Pratt

“Nature doesn’t do bailouts.” The former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore made this simple yet powerful statement to our group after showing us startling images of the devastating drought impacting almost a quarter of the United States, the […] Read more >

Surveying the Lyell Glacier in Yosemite

One man’s quest to chronicle a vanishing glacier in Yosemite

7/26/2012 // By Beth Pratt

Last week the Petermann Glacier in Greenland made the news for calving a monstrous iceberg the size of Manhattan, with scientists attributing climate change as the catalyst for this startling occurrence. Yet Californians don’t need to venture outside their own […] Read more >

Sea lions, Santa Cruz Island, California

Photo of the Day: Underwater Forest

7/11/2012 // By Rachel Stemen

This Photo of the Day was donated by a participant in the annual National Wildlife Photo Contest. See more photos or sign up for the 42nd Annual National Wildlife Photo Contest.   Read more >