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Special Photo Essay: Spring @ S. F. Bay National Wildlife refuge

By Gary Bogue
Friday, June 5th, 2009 at 8:41 am in San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Red-winged blackbird dive bombs a northern harrier (Aric Crabb/staff)
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You definitely don’t want to miss this!
Coming Sunday in Bay Area News Group newspapers — A special photo essay of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

BANG staff photographer Aric Crabb shares his eye for the beauty of nature in SPRING at the S.F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge — second in a four-part series. (The pictures you see here are just a sample!)

Snown egrets gather as the sun rises (Aric Crabb/staff)
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Winter storms give way to sunshine and longer, warmer days as spring arrives at the refuge complex. Western snowy plovers nest in sand dunes and old salt ponds, while harbor seals haul out in secluded sloughs to give birth.

Harbor seal pup plays with adult (Aric Crabb/staff)
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Endangered flowers that can be found only here bloom in the springtime at this urban oasis.

Part two of this four part series will explore the spring season at the Don Edwards, Antioch Dunes, San Pablo Bay, and Salinas River National Refuges.

Later this year, Crabb will examine the last two seasons of the refuge: SUMMER and FALL.

Caspian tern chases an American avocet as they stake out nesting areas (Aric Crabb/staff)
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** In case you missed it, on Sunday, March 29, BANG newspapers ran the first part of the series, WINTER: http://www.bayareanewsgroup.com/multimedia/iba/sfbnwrc/sfbayrefuge/

Enjoy! I sure plan to. These photos are incredible. /Gary

Sun rises over a slough … (Aric Crabb/staff)
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