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Atlantic seabird, loitering at Farallones, may signal changing migrations

01/10/2013
It was some time before Peter Warzybok believed he was looking at a northern gannet. The large birds are distinctive, with creamy plumage and black-tipped wings—but they aren’t supposed to be anywhere near the Farallon Islands. Their range is the northern Atlantic Ocean, separated from the Pacific by various continents...

Surfers ask for visitor protection

01/10/2013
Fifteen local surfers signed a letter sent to the superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore asking the National Park Service to act urgently to help prevent deaths caused by rogue waves and high surf at local beaches. Prompted by last week’s death of a Richmond man who chased his dog...

Cell phone alerts in disasters

01/10/2013
Emergency personnel announced they will unveil an updated emergency notification system capable of sending alerts by cell phone and email to county residents at the end of the month. Among the improvements to the system, which will be implemented on January 26, is a mapping system into which participants can...

Talk on native owls tomorrow

01/10/2013
A talk on native owls sponsored by the Inverness Garden Glub will take place at 7 p.m. on January 11, at the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, with volunteers from the Hungry Owl Project showcasing a barn owl and an endangered spotted owl. The talk is seen by presenter...

Man dies trying to save dog at beach

01/03/2013
Tragedy struck Point Reyes National Seashore on New Year’s Day when a man attempting to rescue his dog from the surf at North Beach drowned a mere 15 feet from the shore, according to witnesses. Charles Quaid, a 59-year-old Richmond resident, was walking with his wife and their dog along...

Annual report shows oyster farm didn’t bother seals

01/03/2013
Surveys of harbor seals in Point Reyes National Seashore last year produced no evidence of mariculture operations disturbing harbor seals in Drakes Estero. According to a National Park Service report released last August and dug up this week by lawyers working on behalf of oyster farmer Kevin Lunny, hikers were...

NOAA will expand marine sanctuaries

01/03/2013
After nearly a decade of trying to gain support for a bill to protect waters off the northern California coast, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey’s conservation efforts finally are starting to take shape—just as she ends her career in politics. Two weeks ago the White House authorized the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Oyster farm requests relief

12/27/2012
Attorneys for Kevin Lunny filed a request for a preliminary injunction with the federal district court of northern California last Friday in hopes of putting on pause efforts to shut down Drakes Bay Oyster Company until the pending lawsuit is resolved. The request states that Mr. Lunny, whose bid to...

Watch for ticks when out

12/27/2012
The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District is warning residents to take precautions while playing in the outdoors this winter, as ticks are out en force. The western black-legged tick, also called a deer tick, is most active from fall through early spring (the nymphs, or juveniles, are most active...

Vacancy on disabilities board

12/27/2012
The Marin County Board of Supervisors announced one vacancy on the Developmental Disabilities Board, created by state law in 1969 to advocate for the civil, legal and service rights of individuals with developmental disabilities. This area board, representing Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, aims to...

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