The Science of Sustainability

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Rescuing Injured Wildlife

Rescuing Injured Wildlife

Wild birds, injured on the beach, get a helping hand from dedicated staff and volunteers. Here's the story of one injured water bird.

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A Thanksgiving Ode to Dungeness Crab and the Bay

A Thanksgiving Ode to Dungeness Crab and the Bay

Discover the connection between delicious Dungeness crabs and the San Francisco Bay.

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Crowdsourcing San Francisco Bay

Crowdsourcing San Francisco Bay

The 1891-built Alma schooner once hauled goods around San Francisco Bay. Now it's part of a new crowdsourcing history project.

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Slideshow: An Early Fall Flight Around the Bay

Slideshow: An Early Fall Flight Around the Bay

Take a low-flying trip around the Bay (in photos).

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Waterways of the Largest Estuary on the West Coast

Waterways of the Largest Estuary on the West Coast

San Francisco Bay's watershed extends to the Sierras. Ponder the waterways of the largest estuary in western North America.

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Bay-Friendly Gardening: Welcoming Wildlife and Nature Into Human Habitats

Bay-Friendly Gardening: Welcoming Wildlife and Nature Into Human Habitats

A "Bay-Friendly" gardens initiative is underway around the Bay Area under the sponsorship of Stopwaste.org. Last weekend some generous, certified “Bay-Friendly” garden owners opened their yards for tours.

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Porpoises Return to San Francisco Bay

Porpoises Return to San Francisco Bay

Harbor porpoises haven’t been seen in San Francisco Bay for more than 60 years. Now, they’re returning in growing numbers and researchers are working to understand why.

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Bay Area Tides

Bay Area Tides

The daily tides are the Bay's way of breathing, from its windpipe at the Golden Gate to its lungs, the wetlands from the Delta to the coast.

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The Amazing Transformation of San Francisco's "Sludge Puddle"

The Amazing Transformation of San Francisco's "Sludge Puddle"

Dumping garbage into the bay wasn’t only convenient, it served the larger goal of getting rid of the bay entirely.

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How Do Gulls Know When Giants Games are Ending?

How Do Gulls Know When Giants Games are Ending?

Gulls mysteriously show up at AT&T Park during the ninth inning of every San Francisco Giants game. How do they time their arrival so well? Local experts weigh in.

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Science on the SPOT: Journey of the San Francisco Bay Trail

Science on the SPOT: Journey of the San Francisco Bay Trail

A dedicated group of outdoor lovers and trail planners is working to build a 500-mile trail around San Francisco Bay. Come along as QUEST hikes and bikes the newest section.

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Sea Lions, Herring, and Climate Change

Sea Lions, Herring, and Climate Change

I thought I’d check in on the sea lions at Pier 39. Just a few years ago, there were about 1600 of them. Then in 2009, most of them swam away.

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Mount Diablo Views

Mount Diablo Views

Mount Diablo, in the heart of the East Bay, is an interesting mountain in many ways. But first of all, Mount Diablo is just there.

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Combating Bay Invaders

Combating Bay Invaders

California has passed the strictest rules in the country to prevent ocean freighters from introducing more foreign species to the bay. But the standards are so tough, officials may not be able to enforce them.

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San Francisco Bay Slowly Recovering From Gold Rush Miners' Devastating Legacy

San Francisco Bay Slowly Recovering From Gold Rush Miners' Devastating Legacy

USGS geologists are finding that Gold Rush-induced sediment levels in the San Francisco bay might be diminishing.

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Sand Waves and the Golden Gate

Sand Waves and the Golden Gate

Mapping of the underwater topography (called bathymetry) reveals landscapes fundamental to understanding the Bay Area's unique geology. The Golden Gate strait connects the San Francisco Bay to the open Pacific Ocean and is only one mile across.

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Exploring Big Break Regional Shoreline

Exploring Big Break Regional Shoreline

Big Break Regional Shoreline is a part of the great 1,680-square-mile San Francisco/San Joaquin Delta. This "Inland Coast" is home to 70 species of birds, and provides valuable habitat for beavers, muskrats, and river otters.

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Geologic Context and History of the San Joaquin River

Geologic Context and History of the San Joaquin River

The biggest river restoration project in California's history, however, is now underway for the San Joaquin River.

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Oil Spills and the Environment

Oil Spills and the Environment

The volume of oil recently spilled in the Gulf of Mexico is several thousand times what was spilled in San Francisco Bay in 2007, but the ecological studies conducted in the wake of the SF spill give us an idea of what we can expect in the Gulf.

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Exploring the Lower Russian River

Exploring the Lower Russian River

The Russian River originates in the redwood forests of Mendocino County and winds its way gently south thorough Sonoma County. One of the wildest spots on the main stem of the Russian River is towards the end, near its mouth. Here the waters widen, fresh water mixing with the tidal flows of the ocean, and the influences of two dynamic ecosystems merge.

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