Dramatic Sea Lion Rescue on East Pier

Terri Thomas of East Pier describes how her dog, Thoreau, first spotted a California sea lion in trouble (on Tuesday Oct 16) along with the rescue by The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC) and the eventual naming of the juvenile sea lion, Walden: “Thoreau saw Walden first (ha!). I was sitting... Read more

Bay Oyster Forum Oct 27

Last year we reported on a movement to bring back native populations of oysters. They are vital to the health of San Francisco Bay. Olympia oysters filter algae and sediments so underwater plants can grow, and they help create habitat for fish, crabs and birds. Oysters also contour the bottom of the... Read more

Balancing on the Dock of the Bay

Balancing on the Dock of the Bay (top photo) by Malia Dailey of Liberty Dock and Palm Springs. Black-crowned Night Heron, Egret, and Pigeon photos by Karen Cadenhead of Main Dock. This photo-only submission thanks to Rusty Hendley, also of Main Dock. Read more

Underneath the Docks of the Bay

Sausalito resident Michael Konrad retired from a career as a biochemist and molecular biologist to focus on the marine life along the Richardson Bay shore. His book, Life on the Dock, describes the animals and plants that grow on the edges of the floating docks that make up our boat... Read more

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention

The California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways, California Coastal Commission’s Boating Clean & Green Program, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering a FREE Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Workshop in Sausalito on June 13. AIS pose serious threats to... Read more

A Clutch Here – A Gaggle There – It’s Spring!

Canada Geese—love ’em, hate ’em—the clutches of eggs, and the fluffy goslings that emerge, signal spring is here. It’s a good time to remind folks to give the nests a wide berth, and to defer to these federally protected birds during close encounters on the docks and along the waterside.... Read more

A Look Back – 2017 Environmental Posts

Looking back over 2017 it’s clear the FHA Environmental Committee supports individual actions and choices—with posts addressing alternatives to herbicides for weed management, oyster shell recycling, and invasive plant species removal—alongside the bigger picture of sea level rise. To read a post, click the link/story title.  For 2018 expect more... Read more

A Look Back – 2017 Dock & Community News

There were a lot of dock and community news stories in 2017, some of which deserve a 2nd look—to read a post, click the link/story title—posts about those no longer with us (either departed or having moved away), celebrations, expressions of creativity and reminders of what makes our community unique. ... Read more

The Harbor Seal and the Great Blue Heron

The Harbor Seal and the Great Blue Heron — a poem and photos by Chris Tellis, Yellow Ferry Harbor — On a grey-green boat on a blue-green bay A brown harbor seal considered his day. Perhaps a short swim, then a nap in the sun He hauled out with ease,... Read more

The Plight of the Sea Otter

The lead item in yesterday’s NYTimes California Today column—The Plight of the Sea Otter—caught my eye for its mention of The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC), located here in the Marin Headlands. Several floating homes residents volunteer there on a regular basis. But what really grabbed my attention was the connection made between the vulnerability... Read more