Leave It to Beavers

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In an unexpected twist to California’s drought saga, it turns out that beavers, once reviled as a nuisance, could help ease the water woes that sometimes pit the state’s environmentalists and fishermen against its farmers. More on this story Read more of our reporting on climate change & drought. Read more of our reporting on… » Read More

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A Daring Dive Into the Wild Blue off Costa Rica

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The scent of diesel, rusting anchors and fish slurry hung in the humid air of the harbor. I was in Puntarenas on the western shore of Costa Rica, waiting to leave on a scuba-diving trip to Cocos Island – often called an “underwater Serengeti” because of the many species found there, especially the schools of… » Read More

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Herring Return to Bay Area Waters (and Plates)

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The San Francisco Bay is a frenzy of rapturous seagulls, cormorants so gorged they can barely take flight, sea lions bellowing and porpoises spinning. The herring have returned to spawn. More on this story Read more of our reporting on oceans & freshwater. Read a summary of this story. Humans are getting in on the action, too.… » Read More

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Boom-and-bust Salmon Catch is Booming Again

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(Updates story with state and federal study on hatcheries) After years of going begging, Northern California is awash in salmon. Charter boats are booked up to two weeks in advance, and anglers claim to be bagging their limits before noon. The smell of gurry and the glimmer of scales are back at San Francisco’s Pier… » Read More

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