Gardening for birds – some local models April 23, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, How To...

By Kathy Kramer

In a charming New York Times article several years ago called The Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening, Douglas Tellamy wrote, “Chances are, you have never thought of your garden… as a wildlife preserve that represents the last chance we have for sustaining plants and animals that were once common throughout the U.S. But that is exactly the role our suburban landscapes are now playing…

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New season of Oakland heron rescues April 19, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

We’re delighted to launch a second year of rescuing young herons in downtown Oakland, together with our partners at Oakland Zoo and International Bird Rescue!

The busy streets of downtown Oakland are home to about 130 nests of Black-crowned Night-Herons and Snowy Egrets, making Oakland the largest night-heron rookery in the Bay Area.

But city streets are a dangerous place for young herons. If they…

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A field guide to my first field guide April 18, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding

By Allen Fish

Chandler Robbins died last month.  He would have been 100 years old this July 17th. Never as famous as Roger Tory Peterson or David Sibley, Chandler Robbins made some of the most important contributions to bird research and conservation in the 20th century.

He conducted some of the earliest research on DDT, contributing to Rachel Carson’s crusade; he pioneered the U.S. Breeding Bird Survey,

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Rigel Stuhmiller: From soccer bench to bird art April 16, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

Rigel Stuhmiller’s vibrant bird prints have an unlikely genesis… the sidelines of a soccer field.

Rigel, who will be the guest artist at our 2017 Birdathon Awards Celebration, spent a lot of time on the bench as a college soccer player at MIT. Bored, she started watching flocks moving over the open field.

“Not a great era for my soccer development, but it was the first time I had spent much…

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Remembering Lee Karney April 6, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon

Lee Karney, a longtime Golden Gate Audubon Society volunteer, passed away on January 3, 2017 at the age of 84. Lee was a regular participant in our monthly habitat restoration sessions at Pier 94 in San Francisco, and documented those sessions with photographs. You have undoubtedly seen his vivid photos on our web site and in many issues of our newsletters! The following remarks were delivered by GGAS

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