Wildlife Species of San Francisco Bay Area
Black-tailed Deer - Odocoileus hemionus (Mount Diablo State Park)
Common Goldeneye - Bucephala clangula (Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline)
Ring-necked Pheasant - Phasianus colchicus (Palo Alto Baylands)
Mylitta Crescent - Phyciodes mylitta (Mount Diablo State Park)
We are fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on your point of view), to have a number of species which are rare and threatened with extinction. Some of them are holding their own in smaller numbers while others are declining in the face of many threats like habitat loss and pollution. ...more
The Bay area is home to a variety of mammals ranging from common ones like the California Ground Squirrel to rare ones like the San Joaquin Kit Fox. It includes land mammals like the Black-tailed Deer, marine mammals like the Harbor Seal and flying ones like bats. There are over 50 species.
Marine Mammals have their own page.
The bird life found here includes varieties and numbers that are astounding. The excellent wetland habitat provided by the bay itself supports a wealth of waterfowl. Over a 100 species of birds can easily be found here and dedicated birders have seen over 250.
Reptiles of the area include a variety of snakes, lizards and the Western Pond Turtle. This includes rare and endangered species like the Alameda Striped Racer (Alameda Whipnake). ...more
Amphibian variety found here includes frogs, toads, and salamanders. ...more
Salamanders (Caudata) have their own page.
Fish variety found here includes sharks, rays, other oceanic fish, salmon, and other freshwater fish. ...more
A fascinating variety of insects including beetles, bees, wasps, ants and grasshoppers. Butterflies and dragonflies get their own pages. ...more
Butterflies are the stars of the insect world and over a 150 species of Butteflies and Moths (Lepidoptera) can be found here. There is much less information available about Moths.
Dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata) are fascinating insects and about 38 species can be found here.
There is not a lot of information available about local spiders. Spiders are not insects, they are arachnids but come under the general moniker "bugs". ...more
It is not well known that several species of scorpions are found in the Bay area. Scorpions are not insects, they are arachnids but come under the general moniker "bugs". ...more
Most of the information on the web about crabs seems to be related to their being a food item. ...more
There are several interesting species which do not fit into any of the more familiar and popular groups. These are collected in a page of their own. They are all invertebrates. ...more