Naturalists confirmed sightings of 232 blue whales and 825 humpback whales off the Bay Area coast last summer and fall, among the highest numbers on record. Gray whale sightings are also up near Monterey, forecasting another big year. Hot spots to see whales include the Farallones Marine Sanctuary and Monterey Bay.
November is Mushroom and Salmon Season in the Bay Area
Now's the time to check out unique fungi and spawning coho salmon on local trails.