Conservation Archive

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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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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New clues to a Band-tailed Pigeon mystery August 3, 2014

Posted by Jack Dumbacher in Birding, Conservation

By Jack Dumbacher

In recent months, I’ve seen and heard many Band-tailed Pigeons around my house in Marin. Their burst of slapping wing beats can surprise me if I flush them from a low perch, or I might hear their resounding call drifting down from a perch high in the redwoods. I always appreciate hearing or seeing them, as their populations overall have been in decline for many years.

These pigeons have po…

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Osprey starting to nest along the Bay July 31, 2014

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Conservation

Golden Gate Audubon is part of the Bay Area Osprey Coalition, a new group working to protect and educate the public about the growing number of Ospreys nesting along San Francisco Bay. We co-sponsored the second annual SF Bay Osprey Festival in June at Mare Island (Vallejo), and are working to encourage bayside property owners to install nesting platforms. The San Jose Mercury/Contra Costa Times ran an e…

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Making the case for biodiversity July 7, 2014

Posted by Jack Dumbacher in Conservation

By Jack Dumbacher

I have little doubt that as long as there are people to watch them, there will always be some birds to watch. But as birders, we understand that just seeing birds is not enough – we want diversity. It is not enough to have a life list of one species that you’ve seen really well. We want a long life list with many species. We want to count as many species as we can on each field trip. We want to see b…

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Forming a national network for bird-safe buildings June 29, 2014

Posted by Noreen Weeden in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Noreen Weeden

Ten representatives from Audubon Society chapters and National Audubon staff came together in St. Paul, MN earlier this month to share ideas and strategies for protecting birds from building collisions.

I was excited to be part of this group, representing Golden Gate Audubon Society and the Pacific Flyway. GGAS has been in the forefront on this issue, successfully pushing for Bird-Sa

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Protect the Mokelumne River & its bird habitat June 19, 2014

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

Editor’s note: Make your voice heard! Email state legislators today about protecting the Mokelumne River. There is an important hearing on Monday June 23.

By Andrea Cassidy

The Mokelumne River in the central Sierra Nevada may seem far from the Bay Area, but we have a vital connection: It’s the source for much of our drinking water through the East Bay Municipal Utility District.

Friends of t…

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