NorCal Public Media is keeping an eye on critters! Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are surrounded by extraordinary nature and amazing wildlife, but our animal neighbors are not always easy to spot. Naturalist Tracey Simmons leads us on a tour to meet fascinating mammals, birds, and insects that are hard to see even though they are living right here with us. With the help of nature photographers and stealthy motion-activated trail cameras, we get an up-close view that Tracey shares fun facts about. Want to see shy river otters playing or hear how coyotes talk to each other? Watch CritterCam!
 
Tracey Simmons is a naturalist and science communicator. A graduate from San Jose State University’s Biological Sciences program, they have published research in the journal Ecology and Evolution and assisted with wildlife rehabilitation at Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley. Tracey is very interested in making the natural world accessible to young people.
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Owls CritterCam
Owls have the super power of tremendous vision, because their eyes have a special shape. Host Tracey Simmons explains. Video contributor: Paul Martin Host sequences were recorded at San Pedro Valley County Park in Pacifica, with special thanks to San Mateo County Parks Department. https://parks.smcg...
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Bobcat CritterCam
If you see a cat out in nature that has a really short tail and one white spot on each ear...it's a bobcat! Learn more with host Tracey Simmons. Video contributors: Paul Comish, Sonoma County Regional Parks Host sequences were recorded at San Pedro Valley County Park in Pacifica, with special thanks...
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Gray Fox CritterCam
Gray foxes are relatives of our familiar friend, the dog. But they live in the wild and have a special way of planting seeds that helps the environment. Learn more with host Tracey Simmons. Video contributor: Paul Comish Host sequences were recorded at San Pedro Valley County Park in Pacifica, with...
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Bird Beaks CritterCam
Different kinds of beaks let our favorite feathered friends get their jobs done in ways that are unique to their own species. Host Tracey Simmons explains. Video contributor: Paul Martin Host sequences were recorded at San Pedro Valley County Park in Pacifica, with special thanks to San Mateo County...
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Badgers CritterCam
We follow American Badgers underground where they set up cozy homes, complete with multiple entrances and plenty of storage space. Learn more with host Tracey Simmons. Video contributors: Anne Morkill, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation Host sequences were recorded at San Pedro Valley County Park in Pa...
Coyotes are wild animals that are fun to watch, but good to give plenty of space. Critter Cam host Tracey Simmons explains.

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