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Rachael Rufino

Rachael is an Animal Keeper and blogger at CuriOdyssey with over 15 years of experience working with wildlife. She volunteers at The Marine Mammal Center, is President of the Bay Area chapter for the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK), and is a member of AAZK's Communication Committee and Professional Development Committee. Rachael earned her B.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice from San Francisco State University.

Read her previous contributions to QUEST, a project dedicated to exploring the Science of Sustainability.

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Love is in the Air…And it Smells like Striped Skunks

KQED Science | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Love is in the Air…And it Smells like Striped Skunks

Most people associate February with the scent of roses, but there is another scent that seems to be everywhere this time of year, too. Striped skunks around the Bay Area are on edge due to breeding season, using their foul-smelling spray to communicate to each other and protect themselves as they wander looking for mates.

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Endangered Coho Salmon Return to Marin to Spawn

KQED Science | December 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Endangered Coho Salmon Return to Marin to Spawn

Watching wild salmon swimming upstream isn’t just for for people with a television. This is the time of year for people in the San Francisco Bay Area to leave their couches and watch the endangered coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) spawn in Marin! There are three main viewing sites in Marin, although the Leo T. Cronin […]

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The Baylands Nature Preserve: A Winter Birder’s Wonderland

KQED Science | November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Baylands Nature Preserve: A Winter Birder’s Wonderland

Described by bird watchers as the go-to place for the "best birding on the bay," the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve is a feather-filled oasis during winter. This is the time that waterfowl migrate through the Pacific Flyway and settle along the California coast for the season.

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Winter is Coming, so the Annual Raptor Migration Through the Bay Area Has Begun

KQED Science | September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Winter is Coming, so the Annual Raptor Migration Through the Bay Area Has Begun

Birds of prey across North America are heading south for the winter and will be at their highest concentration for viewing in the next couple of weeks. More raptors fly by Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands than anywhere else along our country's Pacific coastline.

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Baby Arboreal Salamanders Make Their Annual Appearance in California

KQED Science | August 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Baby Arboreal Salamanders Make Their Annual Appearance in California

Found only in California within the U.S., one of the most common salamanders throughout the state is about to become even more abundant this month. Baby arboreal salamanders have been hatching during the past few weeks and will be making appearances in backyards, parks and hiking trails.

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Colorful California Native Reptiles

KQED Science | July 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Colorful California Native Reptiles

Sunbathing during summer months isn't just for people. Many resident reptiles are spending their days soaking up the sun too.

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River Otters in the Marin Headlands

KQED Science | June 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

River Otters in the Marin Headlands

The San Francisco Bay Area was recently abuzz over a lone river otter in Sutro Baths, affectionately called “Sutro Sam.” Although Sutro Sam’s brief stint in the swimming complex ruins is now over, there are still plenty of other places in the Bay Area to see wild river otters. Rodeo Lagoon in the Marin Headlands […]

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