Rachael Rufino

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. Read her previous contributions to QUEST, a project dedicated to exploring the Science of Sustainability.
Striped skunks are found across North America. February is a particularly smelly month because skunks spray to communicate during breeding season. Photo / CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point

Love is in the Air…And it Smells like Striped Skunks

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.

Many restoration efforts have been made at Leo T. Cronin to increase breeding for the endangered Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) and steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).
Photo by Rachael Rufino

Endangered Coho Salmon Return to Marin to Spawn

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 →

A river otter at Rodeo Lagoon

River Otters in the Marin Headlands

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 →