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Sea Lions Beginning to Come Back to the Bay's Pier 39




Good News!  Looks like the Sea Lions are slowly reappearing on San Francisco’s Pier 39!


This is what Pier 39 normally looks like. Photo found on Rugerdier's photostream flickr account


Over the last couple of decades, this has been home for more than 1,700 sea lions, however a couple months ago…all but a couple of them disappeared.  Marine experts believe that the sea lions left for some tasty food on the coast of Oregon.

Hundreds of Sea Lions Gone from San Francisco's Pier 39



California Sea Lions have found a new home 500 miles north of San Francisco’s Bay on the Oregon coast. In December, these Sea Lions migrated there due to an abundance of anchovies at this site in Oregon, which is approximately 11 miles north of the town of Florence. The Marine Mammal Center is not too concerned about the strange disappearance and feels that the sea lions will be back in San Francisco by the spring.


To read this article by Evelyn Nieves, The Associated Press CLICK HERE.



Photo from abcnews.go.com's Website

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly:

Facing the Threat of Extinction


Habitat destruction caused by humans has caused a serious threat to the monarch butterfly.  According to Monarch Watch, who is dedicated to education, conservation and research (who also created The Monarch Project in 1984) the population of monarchs are more vulnerable than ever in their overwintering sites.

On their website they discuss that Eastern Monarchs migrate only to the Transvolcanic Mountains in mexico, where there are only eleven to fourteen know sites each year.  Each site is a few hectares in size and contains millions of Monarch butterflies.  This combination – a high concentration of individuals in a only few small sites – makes the possibility of habitat destruction in Mexico very serious.  It also states that the oyamel tree (on which the Monarchs cluster) are valuable lumber sources that many local people – the ejidatarios who own the land – depend upon for income.



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Monarch Butterfly: Courtesy of www.butterflypictures.net