GGAS in the News


Meet the Urban Osprey. It’s a Little Bit Punk and a Little Bit Geeky….and Then it Goes Hunting Bay nature Magazine June 21, 2018. Tells the history of Ospreys nesting around the San Francisco Bay with mention of “Rosie” and “Richmond” and the GGAS Osprey Cam.

This Common Form of Plastic Pollution is a Menace to Birds National Audubon Society June 22, 2018. GGAS Executive Director Cindy Margulis comments in this article about the hazards of monofiliment fishing line.

Three Newly Hatched Osprey Chicks Get Names Bay City News Service, June 1, 2018. Three little osprey chicks that hatched high atop a crane in Richmond on live video in May now have names, thanks in part to members of the public.

Ospreys in Richmond welcome hatchlings on live cam  KTVU, May 11, 2018. Richmond’s arguably most famous parents, a pair of ospreys nesting high atop a crane at the city’s shoreline, just welcomed two new additions to the family – on live video, no less.

Richmond’s Livestreamed Osprey Hatches First Egg of the Year   NBC Bay Area, May 9, 2018. An egg belonging to Rosie and Richmond, two Osprey birds whose nest is livestreamed on Richmond’s historic Whirley Crane in Shipyard 3, was hatched Wednesday.

Cemetery and Enviros Reach Deal on Oaks – East Bay Express, April 18, 2018. GGAS Executive Director Cindy Margulis comments on the preservation of oak habitat in Oakland’s Mountain View Cemetery.

Golden Gate Audubo Leads Bay Area Conservation Efforts While Connecting Bird & Nature Lovers interviewed Executive Director Cindy Margulis on the advantages of making connections through birding.

Year of the Birds Chalk Art Celebration 2018 – KCRT TV’s coverage of GGAS’s chalk art event with the City of Richmond in honor of the Year of the Bird.

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt declares city’s first official bird – The Richmond Standard’s coverage of GGAS’s chalk art event with the City of Richmond in honor of the Year of the Bird.

Oakland’s famous herons may be getting a new home – KALW reports on biologists trying to lure herons that have been nesting in downtown Oakland to move to Lake Merritt instead.

The Great Heron Project – Oakland magazine, January 2018. Our work with Oakland city officials and developers to find a safer permanent nest site for the downtown Oakland heron colony.


Birders descend on S.F. for 117th annual bird count – KPIX News, December 27, 2017.

Oakland’s Christmas Bird Count has another banner year – Audubon magazine web site, December 23, 2017.

Local Christmas bird count turns up rarities in Berkeley – Berkeleyside, December 20, 2017

Annual Christmas Bird Count draws more than 300 volunteers – East Bay Times, December 18, 2017.

A’s plans for new downtown ballpark dealt a crushing blow – San Jose Mercury News,  December 6, 2017. Mentions GGAS as leading the environmental opposition.

New A’s ballpark would put Lake Merritt bird mecca at risk, NBC Bay Area, November 9, 2017. Featuring GGAS Executive Director Cindy Margulis at Lake Merritt.

New ballpark could devastate Lake Merritt’s birds, East Bay Express, November 7, 2017.

Piedmont kids help clean up shoreline – Piedmont Post, September 27, 2017. Families attend a GGAS shoreline clean-up event.

Oakland A’s picked the wrong site – East Bay Times, September 20, 2017. Op-ed by GGAS Executive Director Cindy Margulis.

Golden Gate Audubon Society opposes Oakland A’s stadium plan – S.F. Chronicle, September 19, 2017.

Not everyone is excited about the new Oakland A’s ballpark site – ABC7 News, September 19, 2017.

Audubon decries A’s stadium as bad for the birds, fish – San Jose Mercury News, September 19, 2017.

Whirley crane Ospreys now empty nesters – Richmond Standard, September 8, 2017. Conclusion of our inaugural Osprey nest cam season.

Herons and egrets, rescued in downtown Oakland, take flight – East Bay Times, July 29, 2017.  Release of Oakland birds that we helped rescue with great photos.

Flock of herons and egrets return to wetlands in Oakland – ABC7 News, July 28, 2017. Release of Oakland birds that we helped rescue.

Osprey made famous by webcam dies from injuries – East Bay Times, July 11, 2017. Death of the rescued fledgling.

Celebrity sea hawk fished out of SF Bay after a dive too far — East Bay Times, July 6, 2017. Rescue of one of our Osprey nest cam chicks.

Third graders lobby for an Oakland city bird – Hoodline, July 5, 2017. Inspired by our work protecting downtown Oakland’s heron population, students campaign to declare the Black-crowned Night-Heron the official city bird of Oakland.

Several birds killed, injured after tree falls in Oakland – East Bay Times, June 19, 2017. GGAS leads rescue effort with city and NGO partners.

For the birds – Alameda/Oakland magazines, June 2017. GGAS works with the City of Alameda to develop bird-safe building guidelines.

Richmond Osprey chicks named following public vote – Richmond Standard, June 1, 2017.

Osprey naming contest down to ten finalists – Richmond Standard, May 26, 2017.

Help for Oakland’s favorite birds, black-crowned night-herons – San Jose Mercury News, May 24, 1017. Our rescue efforts featured in Joan Morris’s pets and wildlife column.

Contest launched to name Osprey chicks in Richmond – ABC7 News, May 18, 2017.

Second Osprey chick hatches in Richmond – ABC7 News, May 15, 2017.

Osprey chick hatches on Richmond web cam – East Bay Times, May 12, 2017.

Rigel Stuhmiller: From soccer sidelines to bird prints – Berkeleyside, May 12, 2017. Profile of our Birdathon 2017 guest artist.

Urban diversity – KQED Perspectives, May 11, 2017. Personal account by one of our Oakland heron monitors.

When baby herons take a dive, these humans rush to the rescue – S.F. Chronicle, April 26, 2017. Our Oakland heron rescue partnership with Oakland Zoo and International Bird Rescue.

Birds being rescued after falling from trees – ABC7 News, April 18, 2017. Our second year of rescuing young herons in downtown Oakland in partnership with the Oakland Zoo and International Bird Rescue.

Web cam high atop Bay offers rare view of sea hawks – East Bay Times, March 29, 2017. Launch of our new Osprey nest cam.

Osprey love nest cam keeps an eye on raptors – S.F. Chronicle, March 29, 2017. Launch of our new Osprey nest cam. Also on

Livestream offers intimate view of Osprey family – NBC Bay Area, March 29, 2017. Launch of our new Osprey nest cam.

Osprey nest atop whirley crane draws more than media – Richmond Standard, March 29, 2017.

Once endangered Osprey makes web cam debut in East Bay – KTVU, March 29, 2017. Short item on Osprey nest cam.

Family of Osprey at Richmond shipyards – ABC7, March 29, 2017. Short item on Osprey nest cam.

Volunteers work to restore Golden Gate Park’s diminishing sparrow population – Hoodline, March 20, 2017.

Raptor Passage – April 2017 – Golden Gate Raptor Observatory monthly newsletter. Front-page coverage of our Osprey cam.

World Journal Osprey story – World Journal (Chinese language media on our Osprey nest cam, poorly translated version), April 5, 2017.

Birding a trend for millennials – KCBS Radio, March 23, 2017. Two radio clips with GGAS Executive Director Cindy Margulis.

Volunteers work to restore Golden Gate Park’s dwindling sparrow population – Hoodline, March 20, 2017. Five-year anniversary of GGAS’s work with SF Rec & Parks at the Bison Paddock.

Alameda Point harbor seals thriving on new dock – Bay Nature, March 8, 2017. Our successful campaign to provide a replacement haulout for an old dock threatened by development,

Tilden Park exhibit marks Golden Gate Audubon’s Centennial – Berkeleyside, February 15, 2017.

Citizen-scientists document bird life at the Albany Bulb – Berkeleyside, January 20, 2017. Our year-long bird survey done in conjunction with Citizens for East Shore Parks.

Golden Gate Audubon exhibit – S.F. Examiner, January 17, 2017. Arts listing and photo of our Centennial exhibit at the California State Building.


2016 Year in Review – Alameda Sun, December 29, 2016. This list of the year’s news in Alameda includes GGAS member Leora Feeney’s induction into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame and GGAS’s Wild in Alameda symposium.

Burrowing owl population sees decline in Berkeley area – Daily Californian, December 29, 2016. Features GGAS volunteer Della Dash.

What is next for the McCosker Property? – Lamorinda Weekly, December 28, 2016. Mentions GGAS’s leadership role in preserving this important Orinda open space.

SF’s winter birds – S.F. Examiner. Photo essay on SF CBC.

Burrowing owl death stirs concerns, East Bay Times, December 27, 2016. Prominently features GGAS’s Cindy Margulis in discussion of Berkeley owl death.

Development tough on burrowing owls – S.F. Chronicle, December 26, 2016. Mention of GGAS’s Burrowing Owl docent program.

Early birds get the numbers on Oakland avian life – East Bay Times, December 23, 2016. On the Oakland CBC.

Eagle-eyed teams tally birds for annual one-day Audubon count – S.F. Chronicle, December 19, 2016. Centerpiece feature on the Oakland CBC.

Yuletide bird count – San Jose Mercury News, December 19, 2016. Photo essay on the Lafayette area of Oakland CBC.

Dog restrictions coming to GGNRA – San Jose Mercury News, December 8, 2016. Includes quote from GGAS supporting new dog rules.

SF port, wildlife advocates take aim at alleviating suffering of pelicans – KTVU, November 16, 2016. Our monofilament fishing line recycling efforts led to installation of recycling containers by the Port of San Francisco.

Help birds avoid window collisions – Tractor Supply magazine, October 2016. GGAS is the lead source in this informative article.

Rescued egrets, herons take wing at Oakland marsh – S.F. Chronicle, August 20, 2016. Culmination of our 2016 heron rescue and education campaign.

Young herons, egrets released in Oakland – San Jose Mercury News, August 25, 2016. Another story on our 2016 herons rescue campaign. See also photo in Rescued heron takes flight – East Bay Times, August 20, 2016.

Birds of Golden Gate Park – Oakland magazine, June 2016. Short review of our pocket field guide.

Measure AA, KPFA radio, May 31, 2016. Report on parcel tax to restore wetlands supported by Golden Gate Audubon. Features Executive Director Cindy Margulis.

America’s sickest wetlands are in the West, May 31, 2016, Climate Central. Story on the challenges facing wetlands that highlights Golden Gate Audubon’s restoration work at Pier 94.

Three fun ways people are spreading the word on climate change, May 26, 2016. GGAS’s art flash mob to protect Oakland herons is featured on the National Audubon blog.

How I became a docent for Burrowing Owls – Berkeleyside, May 2, 2016.  Reprint of blog post by GGAS Burrowing Owl docent Rubi Abrams.

KCBS radio story on Oakland heron rescues, with on-air heron rescue by Executive Director Cindy Margulis, May 1, 2016:

Crews rescue birds falling from trees, nests – ABC7, April 28, 2016. Excellent story on GGAS’s campaign to protect the nesting herons and egrets of downtown Oakland.

Baby herons and egrets rescued from dangers of city life – East Bay Times, April 30, 2016. More on our initiative to protect the Oakland herons.

Bird colony rescued in Oakland – NBC Bay Area, April 29, 2016.  Similar  to ABC7 story above, but they mis-identify everyone they interview!

Audubon Society rescues heron and egret chicks in downtown Oakland — Oakland North, May 12, 2016. Video piece featuring GGAS staffer Marisa Ortega-Welch and including an actual heron rescue.

Oakland Zoo, Audubon Society team up to help birds fallen from nest — Associated Press, April 28, 2016. Short article on our heron rescue program that ran in multiple media including Orange County Register, San Diego Tribune, etc.

Wildlife symposium meets on the island – Alameda Sun, April 21, 2016. Sold-out symposium son Alameda wildlife sponsored by GGAS at the Alameda Main Library.

Local wildlife advocate inducted into county’s Women’s Hall of Fame – Alameda Sun, March 22, 2016.  GGAS member Leora Feeney is honored with induction into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame.

The Last of the California Quail — Pacific Standard, March 8, 2016. How California Quail have been almost completely extirpated from San Francisco, focused on GGAS member Alan Hopkins.


East Bay bird lovers flock for annual avian count – San Francisco Chronicle, December 21, 2015. Coverage of our 75th Oakland Christmas Bird Count.

Christmas Bird Count at Lafayette Reservoir – San Jose Mercury News, December 20, 2015. Photo essay on the 75th Oakland CBC.

A Simple Solution Saves Birds – San Leandro Times, August 20, 2015. With support from the Alameda County Fish & Game Advisory Commission, GGAS installs monofilament recycling bins at East Bay fishing spots to prevent entanglement and strangulation of birds by discarded fishing line.

Fishing line recycling program expanded to aid marine wildlife – Contra Costa Times, August 12, 2015. More on our monofilament recycling initiative.

Protecting the Wild Things at Wilder – Lamorinda Weekly, July 29, 2015. GGAS’s work protecting Cliff Swallows in Orinda.

Special Effort to Protect Cliff Swallows Nesting in Orinda – KGO (Channel 7), July 17, 2015. GGAS’s work protecting Cliff Swallows in Orinda.

Homes For Herons – Alameda magazine, June 2015. Heron monitoring and education on Alameda’s Bay Farm Island, led by GGAS Executive Director Cindy Margulis.

Big Birds, Big City Collide in Downtown – Oakland magazine, May 2015. About GGAS’s campaign to protect the nesting herons and egrets in downtown oakland.

Counting_on_Birds – SF Chronicle, April 21, 2015. GGAS member Alan Hopkins tries to find 100 species in walking distance of his home as part of GGAS’s Birdathon.

Oakland’s_Avian_Ambassadors – SF Chronicle, April 17, 2015. Columnist Chip Johnson profiles GGAS’s campaign to educate people about the nesting colonies of Black-crowned Night Herons and Snowy Egrets in downtown Oakland.

Birds’ die as East Bay wind turbine replacement lags – SF Chronicle, March 24 and 25, 2015. GGAS leads opposition to extending the permit for a wind company whose outmoded technology kills thousands of birds each year. The first story features former GGAS Executive Director Mike Lynes, now with Audubon California, and the second story quotes current GGAS Executive Director Cindy Margulis.


Birdwatchers flock to East Bay – SF Chronicle, December 14, 2014. Coverage of our 74th Oakland Christmas Bird Count.

Birdwatchers among hundreds in East Bay CBC – Contra Costa Times, December 14, 2014. More on the Oakland CBC.

By the people, for the birds – Bay Nature, December 2, 2014. Comprehensive overview of GGAS’s habitat restoration work at Pier 94 in San Francisco, and how projects like this have contributed nationally to a revival of many wetland bird species. (You can download a printable version at Pier 94 in Bay Nature.)

Effort launched to protect endangered shorebirds – Contra Costa Times, October 8, 2014.  East Bay Regional Park District installs fencing at Alameda’ Crown Beach to protect threatened Western Snowy Plovers, thanks to citizen-science monitoring and advocacy by GGAS volunteers.

Ordinance prohibiting feeding of wildlife goes into effect – Daily Californian, October 5, 2014. The City of Berkeley implements a humane alternative to its original plan to exterminate the ground squirrels, whose burrows provide shelter for Burrowing Owls at Cesar Chavez Park. GGAS volunteers helped develop the alternative plan, and GGAS Executive Director Cindy Margulis is interviewed.

Berkeley begins enforcing ban on feeding wildlife in parks — San Jose Mercury News, October 2, 2014. Similar article based on Bay City News Service wire story.

What we can do to help our birds survive – S.F. Chronicle, September 10, 2014. Op-ed by GGAS Executive Director Cindy Margulis on how we can help Bay Area birds survive the challenges of climate change.

Bay Area birds imperiled by climate change, study finds – S.F. Chronicle, September 10, 2014.    What climate change means for Bay Area birds, based on information from National Audubon and GGAS.

Report warns climate change could impact half of all North American bird species – KPIX TV, September 9, 2014. Info from National Audubon climate sport and interview with GGAS.

SF program to save birds from death by glass – S.F. Chronicle, August 21, 2014. GGAS board member Judith Pynn and Executive Director Cindy Margulis are highlighted in this story on the city planning department’s new program to monitor and prevent bird-window collisions.

Osprey expand nesting areas to San Francisco Bay shoreline – San Jose Mercury News, July 30, 2014. Includes a quote from GGAS Executive Director Cindy Margulis encouraging shoreline property owners to set up nesting platforms.

Rehabilitated herons, hurt during pruning, freed in Oakland – S.F. Chronicle, June 9, 2014. GGAS and International Bird Rescue release four juvenile Black-crowned Night-Herons that were injured in downtown oakland tree trimming incident that drew national attention. Story mentions our new Healthy Trees, Healthy Birds brochure.

Go Bears! And while you’re at it, spot a warbler – Berkeleyside, March 10, 2014. Story about the first-ever Cal versus Stanford birding competition, as part of our 2014 Birdathon.

GGNRA dog plan offers balance, protection – S.F. Chronicle, Feb. 6, 2014. Opinion piece supporting the proposed GGNRA dog management plan by Executive Director Mike Lynes.

Snowy plovers a welcome surprise at Alameda beach – S.F. Chronicle, January 28, 2014. With quotes from GGAS activist Leora Feeney and Executive Director Mike Lynes.

Teen of a different feather looking for 460 birds in a year – S.F. Chronicle, January 18, 2014.. Profile of 16-year-old GGAS member Logan Kahle as he embarks on a Big Year


Lafayette team joins hundreds in Christmas Bird Count – Contra Costa Times and Bay Area News Group, Dec. 16, 2013. Story on our CBC, with a really beautiful photo essay!

Bird count in Oakland shows surprisingly low tally – San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 16, 2013. Christmas Bird Count story focused on our count team at Arrowhead Marsh. (Need Chronicle subscription to access.)

Berkeley’s Painted Redstart helps set local count record – Berkeleyside, Dec. 17, 2013. CBC story focused on our Berkeley count teams.

Breakneck Birding – Oakland magazine, Sept/Oct 2013. Feature story on a GGAS Birdathon team that set out to find 100 birds in six hours — all within Oakland city limits.

Oakland adopts strict building rules to save birds  – S.F. Chronicle, July 8, 2013. News story on bird-safe building rules that GGAS suggested and helped develop.

No. 1 Bird Killer is Outdoor Cats – S. F. Chronicle, Feb. 5, 2013. Opinion piece by GGAS Executive Director Mike Lynes.

Altamont Pass Turbines Kill Fewer Birds – S.F. Chronicle, Jan. 28, 2013. News story on positive results of years of advocacy by GGAS and other local Audubon chapters.


Enthusiasts set out to tally local avian population – S.F. Examiner, Dec. 27, 2012. Story on our San Francisco Christmas Bird Count. The Examiner also did an advance story on the CBC.

Birders flock to East Bay for key count – S.F. Chronicle, Dec. 16, 2012. Story on our 2012 Oakland Christmas Bird Count, focusing on the Alameda count team.

From landfills to reservoirs, every bird counts – Contra Costa Times, Dec. 17, 2012. Story on our 2012 Oakland Christmas Bird Count, focusing on the Lafayette and Arrowhead Marsh count teams.

2000 volunteers set  to join in on Christmas Bird Count – Bay City News Service, Dec. 2012. Wire service story with regional view of Christmas Bird Counts throughout the Bay Area, featuring GGAS count leader Dave Quady.

Volunteers restore bird nesting areas in Golden Gate Park – S.F. Appeal, Nov. 26, 2012. How Golden Gate Audubon volunteers teamed up with S.F. Recreation and Parks to successfully restore habitat for White-crowned Sparrows and other birds at the Bison Paddock in Golden Gate Park.

Osprey nest atop crane at Pier 80 – S.F. Chronicle, July 6, 2012. First documented Osprey nest in city of SF, next to GGAS’ wetlands restoration project at Pier 94. Featuring GGAS Conservation Manager Noreen Weeden and volunteer Eddie Bartley, who first spotted the nest.

How America’s Cup study will help birds — S.F. Chronicle, June 25, 2012. Opinion piece by GGAS Executive Director Mark Welther.

Aimee Baldwin’s creatures come home to Tilden Park — Berkeleyside, May 7, 2012. Profile of bird sculptor Aimee Baldwin  in advance of her exhibit at GGAS’ 2012 Birdathon dinner. The Sierra Club “Green Life” blog ran a similar piece.

Alameda Navy base now a much-sought wildlife Eden — S.F. Chronicle, May 6, 2012, featuring Leora Feeney, GGAS volunteer with Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Refuge, who have monitored the California Least Tern population at Alameda and advocated for its protection for decades

Richmond Earth Day Project: Wildcat Creek Cleanup — S.F. Chronicle, April 22, 2012, featuring staff and students from GGAS’ Eco-Education program

America’s Cup: Why We’re Still Worried — Huffington Post opinion piece by GGAS Executive Director Mark Welther, March 5, 2012

Birds of the Beach Chalet Need Your Help — Westside Observer opinion piece by GGAS Communications Director Ilana DeBare, March 2012

Burrowing owls, and docents, return to Berkeley Park — Berkeleyside, February 16, 2012

Five burrowing owls return to Berkeley Marina, but future remains uncertain — East Bay Express, February 13, 2012


More than 100 bird-watchers to take annual Christmas bird count around the bay — Mercury, Dec. 26, 2011