Wildlife Gallery

This page provides photos of plants, animals and landscape at the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay including the Richmond Field Station Site and 3200-3300 Regatta Boulevard Property. If you would like to submit a photo for posting, please email EH&S with the photo and include information on the date, time and location, name of the photographer, and any other interesting information (such as the type of camera used).

Gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)

Gray foxes are small native canids (dogs) found throughout California. They have made the Richmond Field Station home for as long as anyone can remember. Gray foxes are omnivores and help control small mammal populations (rats and mice). Foxes are mostly active around sunset and sunrise.


In July 2015 a young fox kit stuck its head into a fence and

could not extract itself. RFS Facilities Management staff

rescued the fox by cutting the fence and releasing it back to

the wild marsh edge.

jpg download (3.5 MB jpeg) Photos by Karl Hans

The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is a non-native Eurasian species brought to the U.S. for fox hunting.

Red foxes are predators of the endangered Ridgway's rail in Stege Marsh.

There has only been one confirmed sighting of a red fox at the RFS in the last decade.

No coyotes have been seen at RFS despite their abundance in the East Bay.


Ridgway's Rail

The Ridgway's Rail (Rallus longirostris obsoletus), formerly called the California clapper rail, is an endangered species resident to the San Francisco Bay, including Stege Marsh and Meeker Slough at the Richmond Field Station. More information about the rail, including video clips, can be found on the Restoration Page of this website under the Ridgway's Rail Conservation program heading.

Photo by Michael Eichelberger

Photo by Michael Eichelberger

Photo by Karl Hans (jpg download 3.6 MB)

Photo by Karl Hans

Wild Turkey(

The Wild Turkey  Meleagris gallopavo  is a recently re-introduced species, having been brought into the state during widespread introductions in the 1960s and 1970s by the Department of Fish and Game as a game species. There is some controversy regarding whether the species should be considered a non-native introduced species or a re-introduced historic species (see http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/turkey-in-CA.html). Regardless, the birds appreciate the nesting habitat and food availability at the RFS and have become part of the natural fauna.


jpg download 5.2 MB Photo by Karl Hans.

Osprey (Pandion heliaetus)

Also known as the sea hawk, fish eagle, or fish hawk, the osprey is an occasional visitor to the RFS, perching on utility poles before or after hunting for fish along the Richmond southeast shoreline. Ospreys build large stick nests in treetops or on utility structures large enough to support nests. While they have not been known to nest at the RFS, the mid-2010s found populations increasing in the East Bay with birds nesting in the industrial Richmond area with the closest nest in 2014 in Point Richmond. Birds have been perching on poles at the RFS often in September 2016. The photos below from 2010 show an osprey with a fish, and an interested American crow ( Corvus brachyrhynchos ).

Photos by Karl Hans.

Pacific gopher snake

Pituophis catenifer catenifer. These snakes are nonvenemous and not harmful to humans. Their diet consists of small mammals and therefore they help control vermin populations on site. Please do not disturb them and look out for snakes on roadways and bike paths where they sometimes go to warm up.

Photo by Justin Cocke.

Domestic dog

Canis familiaris pets, are not allowed off-leash in the marsh or uplands where they disturb wildlife. These three dogs got loose from the Pt. Isabel dog park and made it all the way to the Richmond Field Station, where they somehow gotinto the marsh and began chasing birds during nesting season. It does provide a glimpse of what it might have been like here 10,000 years ago, albeit the edge of the coast closer to the Farrlones and the RFS being upland prairie at the time.

Canada Goose

April 2016 rescue of Canada goose with broken foot: http://ops-bgc.berkeley.edu/bgc-goose-rescue/

The goose was taken to Wildcare in San Rafael for care.

Genista Broom Moth Catepillar

The Genista Broom Moth ( Uresephita reversalis ) has a range covering much of the United States including California. Catepillars of the moth feed on plants of the pea family and can be found on native lupine, often consuming all of the leafy material and killing the plant. The following photos show moth catepillars on a Yellow Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus) grown from RFS plants seeds.




Arrow Grass (Triglochin maritima) in Western Stege Marsh (2.9 MB jpeg)