Field journaling – not for artists only March 22, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education

Editor’s Note: Natasha Lowery is the instructor for our newest class, a five-week workshop in Appreciating Birds: Journaling and Field Sketching that starts on April 11. A 2016 graduate of Tulane University in environmental biology, Natasha may be our youngest instructor ever! Her enthusiasm and welcoming attitude will make this class rewarding for anyone who is fascinated by birds and nature, even

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Prizes, prizes, prizes March 19, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

Okay, we know why you take part in Birdathon: You love Bay Area birds. You support Golden Gate Audubon. And, last but not least, Birdathon is a lot of fun!

But hey. There are prizes too.  🙂

We wanted to take two minutes to share this year’s prizes for top Birdathon fundraisers. Volunteer Daryl Anne Goldman did a great job seeking out new prizes that would have special appeal to Audubon…

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The secretive Sora March 15, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding

By Miya Lucas

Sora is the name of a fictional character in a Japanese video game.  Sometimes trying to view a Sora rail is so challenging that you may feel like it is a fictional character as well.

Soras are secretive and stealthy. I enjoy hearing the Sora’s call and song, and occasionally seeing the actual bird, at Las Gallinas Sanitary Ponds in San Rafael, where I lead a monthly field trip with Wendy Beers. …

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Vollmer Peak: Birding Hotspot March 9, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding Hotspots

By Denise Wight

Vollmer Peak in Tilden Regional Park, at an elevation of 1,905 feet, is one of the highest peaks in the Berkeley Hills. With relatively easy access, one can enjoy not only diverse birding but incredible views. On a clear day the Farallon Islands appear to balance on the western horizon, and to the east you can see the outline of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Range across the Central Valley. Thanks…

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Fast-paced fun: a first-time Birdathon story March 5, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon

By Eric Schroeder

My wife and I have been members of Golden Gate Audubon Society for about five years, but until last year we had only been marginally active, occasionally attending the monthly talks in Berkeley. Then last year I enrolled in a year-long Master Birding Program that was co-sponsored by GGAS and the California Academy of Sciences, and, as a result, I was very excited when I received the list of …

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