Like all birds dependent on freshwater and marine wetlands, members of the heron family are suffering progressive loss of essential habitat. In addition, agricultural and industrial pollution threatens their capacity to reproduce.
When our wildlife researchers captured a picture of a black bear at Bouverie Preserve back in August, we thought it might be an anomaly. But a second, larger, bear showed up in October the same spot! According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, these are the southernmost documented sightings of black bears from the Mayacamas Range.