Final Report on 2016 Oakland CBC February 16, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon

By Dave Quady and Bob Lewis

[This report is also available as a PDF for easy printing and sharing. Click here for the PDF version.]

After 2015’s memorable 75th anniversary count a letdown seemed inevitable, and our expectations dropped further when a terrific rainstorm moved in three days prior to count day. But when owlers began “work” in Redwood Regional Park at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 18, the…

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Do birds love? (an ongoing argument) February 13, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding

By Joe Galkowski

It’s Valentine’s Day, the day we celebrate romantic love, so I thought I would pose the question, “Do birds love?”

Scientists will say this question has been definitively answered with a big “no.” There are other scientists, however, who are just as sure it is “yes.” The argument is ongoing. They have, in trying to prove the other side…

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Celebrating our 100th birthday at Tilden February 6, 2017

Posted by GGAS in GGAS Centennial, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

Hey, if you turn 100, you’re allowed to celebrate for more than one day, right? Like maybe for a whole year?

That’s what we at Golden Gate Audubon are doing. For the Centennial of our founding in 1917, we developed a traveling museum exhibit that will be featured at different venues throughout 2017.

During February and March, it will be on display at the Environmental Education …

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Palm oil – not an environmentally friendly food or fuel January 25, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, International Birding

By Bob Lewis

I was fortunate to visit Malaysia in 2015, both Borneo and the peninsula, as well as a few islands of Indonesia. The forests there are spectacular, some of the most diverse and rich in terms of all sorts of animal and plant life. Primates included Orangutan (critically endangered), Western Tarsier, Proboscis Monkey and many others; the butterflies were spectacular, and the birdlife was exciting…

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Surveying birds of the Albany Bulb January 16, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

Jutting out into San Francisco Bay, the Albany Bulb and Neck has received a lot of attention for its human uses: a onetime garbage dump, onetime homeless encampment, and the first section of shoreline targeted to be a part of today’s McLaughlin Eastshore State Park.

Now people can also learn about avian uses of Albany Bulb and Neck, thanks to a joint citizen-science initiative by Golden Gate

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