"When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first that is still to come."
Leonardo da Vinci
The San Francisco Bay is the largest estuary on the West Coast of the U.S. where fresh water from the Central Valley mixes with the salt water of the Pacific. Crabs, clams, fish and birds live in its deepwater channels, marshes and tidelands.

What’s in Your Watershed

Slithering San Francisco Garter Snake

For those of us lucky enough to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, sometimes all we have to do is just step outside to see some of the world's most remarkable creatures, like the San Francisco garter snake.

What’s in Your Watershed?

The Endangered Black-Footed Albatross

The Black-Footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) is one of three albatross species that range in the northern hemisphere. It has striking black plumage, black feet and a black beak, making it easy to identify as it soars above the ocean. This bird also plays an important role in the investigation to understand marine debris.

What’s in Your Watershed?

The Endangered Alameda Whipsnake

Have you ever seen a snake while hiking in the hills? Did this unexpected reptile have long, yellowish orange stripes, a long, skinny body and whip-like tail? If it did, you may have crossed paths with an endangered species-- the Alameda Whipsnake.

Albatross, Abalone and Condors, Oh My!

Endangered Species Day May 20th

May 20th is the 6th annual Endangered Species Day in America. The Endangered Species Coalition started this special day six years ago to recognize the need to protect species on the verge of extinction. Find out what's happening in your area on this important day.