Posts by Ilana DeBare

A century since the last Passenger Pigeon August 27, 2014

Posted by Ilana DeBare in Birding, Conservation

By Ilana DeBare

This Monday September 1st will mark the 100th anniversary of the death in captivity of the last Passenger Pigeon.

Several months ago, I read Richard Rhodes’ fascinating biography of John James Audubon and was struck by Audubon’s description of the arrival and slaughter of a massive Passenger Pigeon flock in the midwest around 1816:

“The noise which they made, though

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Birdathon 2014 – everyone was a winner May 25, 2014

Posted by Ilana DeBare in Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

Whew! Now that Birdathon 2014 is all wrapped up, we can take a deep breath and look around and and realize that… everyone was a winner.

The 180 people who went on great field trips. The 650 people who felt proud to sponsor a friend or donate. The 100 people who attended the Birdathon Awards Celebration on May 18 and enjoyed Rockwall wines, Linden Street beer, and terrific jazz by the Skyli…

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Cal Bears in birding action April 13, 2014

Posted by Ilana DeBare in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

Ten birding Bears! Four song-filled hours! Sixty-four species!

But alas, no victory.

The Berkeley birding team organized by Golden Gate Audubon Society fell eleven species short of their cross-bay rivals on Sunday morning, in the first-ever Cal-versus-Stanford birding competition.

The Stanford team spotted 75 species to Berkeley’s 64.  Berkeley may have been undone not so much …

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Indoor birding at the Bolinas Museum March 30, 2014

Posted by Ilana DeBare in Birding, Reviews

By Ilana DeBare

If you’re heading out for a day of birding at Point Reyes or Bolinas Lagoon in the next couple of months, consider adding an unusual stop.

A darkened room. Indoors. At the Bolinas Museum.

Through June 1, the museum is featuring an exhibit of over 100 bird photographs by Oakland artist Walter Kitundu. But this isn’t your standard series-of-framed-rectangles-on-a-wall.

The r…

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Why so many crows in Berkeley? March 28, 2014

Posted by Ilana DeBare in Birding

Editor’s Note: Berkeleyside, the online news site serving the city of Berkeley, recently asked us about the increase in crows there. Here’s the article we wrote for them.

By Ilana DeBare

“Why are there so many darn crows in Berkeley these days?”

We get that question a lot at Golden Gate Audubon, and the Berkeleyside editors get it too.

It’s not just Berkeley. Crows are on the increase …

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