Tomales Bay, on the Marin County coast, is one of California's largest and least disturbed estuaries, yet little has been published on the status of its waterbirds or their vulnerability to environmental threats. Shuford et al. (1989) reported the results of waterbird censuses of up to 10 consecutive years in the adjacent Point Reyes area between 1965 and 1982 but provided limited information on waterbird use of Tomales Bay.
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.