Rachael is an Animal Keeper and blogger at CuriOdyssey with over 15 years of experience working with wildlife. She volunteers at The Marine Mammal Center, is President of the Bay Area chapter for the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK), and is a member of AAZK's Communication Committee and Professional Development Committee. Rachael earned her B.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice from San Francisco State University.
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Most people associate February with the scent of roses, but there is another scent that seems to be everywhere this time of year, too. Striped skunks around the Bay Area are on edge due to breeding season, using their foul-smelling spray to communicate to each other and protect themselves as they wander looking for mates.
Watching wild salmon swimming upstream isn’t just for for people with a television. This is the time of year for people in the San Francisco Bay Area to leave their couches and watch the endangered coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) spawn in Marin! There are three main viewing sites in Marin, although the Leo T. Cronin … Continue reading Endangered Coho Salmon Return to Marin to Spawn →
Described by bird watchers as the go-to place for the "best birding on the bay," the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve is a feather-filled oasis during winter. This is the time that waterfowl migrate through the Pacific Flyway and settle along the California coast for the season.
Birds of prey across North America are heading south for the winter and will be at their highest concentration for viewing in the next couple of weeks. More raptors fly by Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands than anywhere else along our country's Pacific coastline.
Found only in California within the U.S., one of the most common salamanders throughout the state is about to become even more abundant this month. Baby arboreal salamanders have been hatching during the past few weeks and will be making appearances in backyards, parks and hiking trails.
The San Francisco Bay Area was recently abuzz over a lone river otter in Sutro Baths, affectionately called “Sutro Sam.” Although Sutro Sam’s brief stint in the swimming complex ruins is now over, there are still plenty of other places in the Bay Area to see wild river otters. Rodeo Lagoon in the Marin Headlands … Continue reading River Otters in the Marin Headlands →