Last week, I accompanied Save The Bay’s habitat restoration director Donna Ball on a visit to our restoration site at the vast Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. As we drove along levees in various stages of restoration, I was transfixed by the copious birds: kites gliding inches above glassy waters of tidal marsh; osprey and hawks circling high above; a great blue heron here, a snowy egret there, each wading nonchalantly in the tide. The amazing thing out at Eden is that you’re standing at water level and can see the shimmering of cities of the Penninsula to the West, and rushing traffic on the San Mateo Bridge just to the north; you know you’re standing in the very heart of the Bay Area—and yet you are also in a whole different world: a secluded, natural oasis resurgent with wildlife. It’s pretty amazing.
It’s National Wildlife Refuge Week, a perfect time to reflect on the diversity of life on our Bay shores and in the Bay itself. To celebrate the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the creatures it helps protect, here’s a roundup of some of our favorite video and blogs on Bay wildlife.
Restored Wetlands Welcome Wildlife
In this 8-minute clip, NewsHour highlights our friends at the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, showing how restored wetlands welcome wildlife and protect against future floods
Leopards, Angels, and Hounds, Oh My! — Sharks in the San Francisco Bay
Did you know that San Francisco Bay has six resident shark species and one species of ray living in the San Francisco Bay, and several of those species are considered threatened or vulnerable?
Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse, the Tiniest Endangered Species
There’s a unique mammal that makes its home among the reddish pickle weed in the low Bay Area’s tidal marsh, and which is so tiny most people have never even seen one. The salt marsh harvest mouse is mostly nocturnal, totally adorable, and, sadly, endangered.
The majestic birds of SF Bay
Bay Area Bird photographer Rick Lewis shares his stories of the majestic birds of San Francisco Bay, and why they’re worth saving. His photos pose the question: “How fortunate we are to live here along the Pacific Flyway, to have the privilege of catching our breath at the wonder of the wildness right here in our urban landscape, to share this habitat with the wildlife among us?”
Want get up close and personal and learn more about Bay wildlife? On Saturday, October 18, the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a day of wildlife science. Find the details here.