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I Heart Estuaries Week celebrated

Pelicans

This week celebrates #iheartestuaries, a national media campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of the nation’s estuaries, including the San Francisco Estuary.

San Francisco Bay is the largest estuary — about 1,600 square miles — on the Pacific Coast and it is widely recognized as one of North America’s most ecologically important estuaries. It accounts for about 80 percent of California’s remaining wetlands, providing key habitat for a broad suite of flora and fauna — more than 750 species of plants and animals, including native and conservation status species, as well as wintering migratory shorebirds.

The San Francisco Estuary Partnership, a program of the Association of Bay Area Governments and resident of the Bay Area Metro Center, collaborated with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, San Francisco Estuary Institute and Point Blue Conservation Science to host a video display in the lobby of 375 Beale St. in San Francisco during the campaign.

You can find more information on the San Francisco Estuary and estuaries in general at www.sfestuary.org or on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SFEstuaryPartnership/

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