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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Middle Harbor Shoreline: Birding Hotspot August 20, 2014

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Birding Hotspots

By Maureen Lahiff

Come see a really good mudflat. Come see a really good restored mudflat.

From late July to early April, Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland hosts a wealth of water birds.   The encircling arms of the park make it easy to observe the mudflat fairly close up even when the tide is out, though having a spotting scope (or a trip leader who has one) is really helpful.

I’ve had a number of Bay A…

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New SF program to prevent residential bird collisions August 14, 2014

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

San Francisco already has one of the country’s first laws aimed at preventing bird-window collisions in new commercial buildings.

Now — with support from Golden Gate Audubon — the city is taking aim at the problem of bird-window collisions in private residences too.

The City Planning Department is sponsoring a new, voluntary Bird-Friendly Monitoring and Cert

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Farewell Clapper Rail, hello Ridgway’s Rail August 11, 2014

Posted by GGAS in Birding

By Dave Quady

Like many other birders, I always look forward to the July issue of The Auk, the journal of the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU). Why? Because it contains the annual supplement to the AOU’s bird checklist, which governs the taxonomy followed by North American birders.

The run-up to publication usually includes speculation about changes the supplement will bring: will they be min…

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Birding Oregon with GGAS August 6, 2014

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon, International Birding

By John Tysell

I met our guide, Harry Fuller, in Ashland, Oregon where he lives. I had done a previous Golden Gate Audubon Society trip with him in 2013 in the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon. It had been a great birding experience, so I was looking forward to spending the next three days with him on his June 2014 trip to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. 

Susan and Maureen, also GGAS member…

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