Two Montara motorists, Lindley Ferchel and Rusty Rosenberg, stopped their cars alongside midcoast Highway 1 to rescue a pelican sickened by naturally occurring domoic acid from algae in the Pacific Ocean. They arranged transportation for the ailing fishing bird to the Peninsula Humane Society for treatment. The pelican's prognosis is not known. (Source: Half Moon Bay Review, August 12)
Loulou Wilt on Moss Beach NextDoor.com shares an August 12 Bay City News item about a coyote charging a dog and its owner who were taking an early-morning walk on the 100 block of Esplanade in Pacific Manor. The owner chased the coyote away and no one was hurt. (photo via Pixabay)
On August 5, the Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 to ban bobcat trapping in California! In a close vote, the scores of thoughtful and passionate comments by supporters of the ban made the difference. EPIC members swarmed the commission meeting. Supporters of the ban outnumbered trappers and their lobbyists 10-1. Many EPIC members who could not attend signed the petition.
Banning bobcat trapping is just the first step in ensuring that California’s predators are protected. The commission also accepted a petition from EPIC to protect the Humboldt marten under the California Endangered Species Act and EPIC presented a scientific review to support protecting the northern spotted owl under the California Endangered Species Act.
EPIC advocates for science-based protection and restoration of northwest California's forests. Our grassroots organization is supported by people like you, so if you like what you see here, please make a contribution: Wild California
Three barn owls have taken up residence in a Canary palm tree on Amapola Avenue in Pacifica. Here they are during the day looking down from their hidden perch. Palms are a favorite nesting place for barn owls. Every evening these three make a racket with their very distinctive screeching. They live on rodents, which is obvious from the remains in the owl pellets below the palm. (Story and photo by Kevin Kelly)
Pacifica.city created this map image from the incident log of the GSAT that SF Gate entered the data points for. GSAT keeps an incident log of shark attack files: Shark Attack Data Interactive Map
GSAT shows four incidents in or near Pacifica in the past 24 years: 1/1/1986, Linda Mar, Pacifica, surfing, unprovoked, non-fatal; 1/12/1990, Montara Beach, San Mateo County, surfing, unprovoked, non-fatal; 3/12/1993, Pedro Point, Pacifica, free diving, unprovoked, non-fatal; 6/25/2013, Pacifica, kayaking, unprovoked, non-fatal.
Red-tailed hawk in Pacifica.July 20 sunset in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Dolores. Surfers ride waves at Linda Mar State Beach, with Pedro Rock in the background. Whale dives offshore. (Leo Leon photos)
"This great blue heron family was photographed over the past few weeks. I first came upon them one early morning on the Coastal Trail at Laguna Salada. The first glimpse was of the two young herons. As I watched them, one of the adult herons came down. The adult started hunting for food and the youngsters watched. Later, I observed the youngsters trying out their hunting skills. These pictures were taken at different times of the day. I did see the adults return to a spot in the tree canopy. I can only imagine that it was the nest site or home base for this family group." (Leo Leon)
For the past few weeks, whales have been feeding near shore, cruising back and forth past Pedro Point, Gray Whale Cove, and Mussel Rock, among other coastside lookouts, delighting onlookers with spectacular spouts, breaches, and tail splashes. Bait fish have been thick in the water, drawing many seabirds to join in the feeding frenzy, while fishermen have been busy on Sharp Park Pier. (photos by Leo Leon)