The annual tarantula mating ritual began early on the East Bay’s Mount Diablo, sending giant, hairy spiders skittering across roads and meadows, in search of a willing partner.
Millions of six-month-old smolts are hitching rides in tanker trucks because California’s historic drought has depleted rivers and streams, making the annual migration to the ocean too dangerous for juvenile salmon.
State and wildlife officials have come up with a plan to move hatchery-raised salmon in tanker trucks down the Sacramento River if the river and its tributaries are too shallow because of the drought.
Gray whales migrating south for winter are now passing the San Francisco Bay Area, and rangers at Point Reyes National Seashore observed 41 whales last Sunday, and another 25 Friday.
A seven-year study shows many mountain lions in Nevada are migrating westward to take up residence in California.