Category Archives: Sonoma Coast

A ray of hope for our Sonoma sea stars (SR Press Democrat)

The sea stars (starfish) along the Sonoma Coast have mostly died off from sea star wasting disease. This sickness has killed off most of the sea stars in areas from Mexico into Canada. Modern epidemiologists have not been able to determine what is causing the die off. Some specialists believe that sea star wasting disease…
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California Coastal Access Guide

The California coast, from the majestic redwoods and rocky shores in the north to the palm trees and wide, sandy beaches in the south, is an area of unsurpassed beauty and diversity. This revised and expanded sixth edition of the California Coastal Access Guide is an essential handbook for both new and seasoned visitors exploring California's majestic…
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Trails Challenge 2014

The Sonoma County Trails Challenge invites you to explore the Regional Parks and do something good for your body and mind! The Trails Challenge encourages you to hike five or more different trails featured in a new Trails Challenge guidebook (22.36 MB) anytime before Nov. 30, 2014. "I am so happy about this Trails Challenge. Walking is…
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Visiting Parks with Your Dog

California State Parks has many wonderful places for you and your dog to enjoy. We understand the benefits of visiting a state park with your dog - exercise is good for the body and spirit for both you and your furry companion.  In general, dogs are permitted in most state parks but must be on a…
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‘Dead Zone’ may be developing off Sonoma Coast

Guy Kovner of The Press Democrat is reporting that the scientists at the Bodega Marine Laboratory are concerned that a "dead zone" may be developing of the Sonoma Coast. Climate change is the likely cause of unprecedented mass of oxygen-poor water off the Sonoma Coast, a phenomenon that could harm the region's prized Dungeness crab…
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The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: King Ridge

Epic and amazing might be overused adjectives, but both are applicable in describing today’s ride. While King Ridge is pretty remote, a fair number of California cyclists have made this unforgettable circuit, as it’s the meat and potatoes of the a classic fall NorCal ride – Levi Leipheimer’s Gran Fondo, perfectly slotted in first weekend of…
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Wasting Disease Devastates West Coast Starfish

Marine scientists are finding large numbers of starfish along the West Coast, dying from a  disease known as ‘sea star wasting syndrome.’ The first symptoms include an emaciated appearance and white lesions on the ectoderm. Within a matter of days, afflicted starfish begin to lose their characteristic arms, leading to their disintegration into what some…
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Bodega Bay Coast

Images by Josh has some beautiful coastal images you will enjoy. http://www.imagesbyjosh.com/Fine-Art-Prints/Bodega-Bay-CA/i-FV3vhvf
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Seal Release – SEPTEMBER 7 – Marine Mammal Center

  The fifth annual Marine Mammal Center "Community Release at Bodega Bay" is planned for Saturday, September 7, at Scotty Creek Beach just north of Bodega Bay. This year, we will be releasing rehabilitated California sea lions back into their ocean home. The event has drawn several hundred visitors in past years and we expect…
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Camping for the DOGS!

We know dogs love camping as much – if not more – than their people do. The sights and sounds of nature, fun with the family, grilled food … there are lots of things about camping that can get a dog drooling. Lucky for them Sonoma County Regional Parks has 268 campsites, and dogs are…
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Sonoma Coast State Beach – “Book early! It’s worth it!!”

Trip Advisor rates Sonoma Coast State Beach #4 in its list of Sonoma attractions. 95% of the reviews on the Trip Advisor website were excellent or very good.  Photo from TripAdvisor.   Other Trip Advisor reviews say: "Friends booked early and invited us to join them ... glad our scheduled allowed. Our campsite had a…
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Camping on the coast north of Bodega Bay

Do research before going insider camping along coast by Bill Hanson and image by Markus Spiering. Insider camping along the coast requires a bit of research. North of Jenner, the first campground is at Stillwater Cove. This is a lovely camp with hot showers, it is perched on a bluff very near the ocean, and it…
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A Sonoma Coast Wedding Story

How many of you have been married on the Sonoma Coast?  Dianna shares her story and a picture. "This is a photo from our beautiful wedding at Dillon Beach on April 17, 1993.  It had been a rainy Saturday so we had to move everything into the house.  Just as we were exchanging vows the…
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