An Owl by Any Other Name July 16, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Sightings

By Joe Galkowski

The ghost owl, death owl, white owl, monkey-faced owl, church owl, and my favorite: the hobgoblin owl, these are just a small selection of the common names used for barn owls. The Latin name for the species is Tyto Alba which simply means white owl. Seems like an appropriate moniker, so why so many other names for the world’s most common owl? Most likely their nocturnal nature, eerie calls,…

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High on birds: Birds of the Sierra July 6, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding

By Eric Schroeder

The first afternoon of the Golden Gate Audubon Society class on Birds of the Sierra was going well. The twenty-one class members along with co-leaders Bob Lewis and Eddie Bartley and Eddie’s partner, Noreen Weeden, had assembled at Yuba Pass and began birding immediately. The first bird we saw was a Cassin’s Finch—a common enough bird for many birders, but a new one for me. Twenty minutes…

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Lobbying for birds at the state Capitol June 25, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

Cynical folks like to joke about the “turkeys” who serve in elected office.

But we encountered only one turkey last Wednesday during a full day of citizen advocacy at the California State Capitol – a live Wild Turkey strolling across the building’s north-facing steps!

Meanwhile, inside the building, we received a warm welcome as we met with our state representatives and their legislative…

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GGNRA Superintendent Joss Meets with GGAS June 19, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco Wildlife

By Philip Gerrie

In May, Golden Gate Audubon representatives met with the new Superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Laura Joss. GGAS has a long history of meeting, and working collegially with, GGNRA superintendents and professional staff. Also attending the meeting from the GGNRA were Michael Savidge, GGNRA Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships, and William Merkle,…

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Wild Osprey Boat Cruise May 31, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon, Sightings

By Melani King

Osprey boat tour? That was the email subject line from my friend Ann inquiring whether I’d be interested in this boat trip. Of course I would! What better way to check out many of the Osprey pairs from a bay vantage?

Disclaimer: I am one of the many Richmond and Rosie, sfbayospreys.org-obsessed viewers. And so is my retired husband. Before I leave for work, the webcam site is left up onscreen, …

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