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Photographer Rick Lewis, a Golden Gate Audubon member, specializes in documenting the avian life near his Alameda home. Over the weekend he had a chance to watch young Double-crested Cormorants being fed by their parents in a nesting tree near a busy shopping center there. Here are two of the eagerly waiting chicks: Double-crested Cormorants
By Tara McIntire Over the course of this past year, our lives changed forever For me, this has translated into a “world exposed” as I discovered the natural wonders of tiny spiders and pollinators, during endless hours in my garden during the early months of our shelter-in-place. I liken it to a forced road detour,
By Ilana DeBare If Birdathon 2021 were a film, we’d say “it’s a wrap!” Instead we’ll say, “it’s a rap-tor!” Golden Gate Audubon Society’s annual fundraiser came to a high-flying conclusion over the weekend, capping two months of innovative new events designed to carry on despite Covid. Unable to hold our usual in-person Birdathon programs,
By Ilana DeBare Bay Area birdwatchers have long flocked to Audubon Canyon Ranch’s flagship Martin Griffin preserve along Bolinas Lagoon, which for years hosted dozens of egret nests. But almost no local birders have set foot on another ACR property—its dramatic Toms Point preserve on the northern edge of Tomales Bay. Toms Point is a 70-acre
By Hilary Powers Bid high for the baby Osprey in the Birdathon auction – you may never see another! When Golden Gate Audubon Society called for donations of services or experiences (not stuff) to fit this year’s theme, I had to stop and think, because stuff is what I do: true-life replicas of creatures natural
By Chris Okon When I started birding in 2005, I went on each and every Golden Gate Audubon Society bird walk that I could: the rolling terrain of Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, the meadows of Yosemite, the wild hills of the Sierras, the special patches in Golden Gate Park, any opportunity to see and learn
Editor’s Note: It’s nesting season! Photographer Gerry Traucht has been following a nesting colony of Great and Snowy Egrets in Alameda for eight years, through the removal of their dying nest tree in 2018 and their shift to new trees in 2019. About a dozen Great Egrets have arrived so far this spring. As we
By Analicia Hawkins and Aryn Maitland Throughout the past year, opportunities to connect with the birding community in person and enjoy nature together have been few and far between. Even though birding alone can be a fulfilling experience, there’s something special about being able to share that experience with others—especially with people who may be
Editor’s Note: Liam O’Brien started conducting twice-monthly butterfly surveys on Mount Sutro in 2020 as part of our wildlife monitoring for U.C.S.F.’s new Vegetation Management Plan, which was the subject of our previous blog post. By Liam O’Brien Saturday, February 13, 2021 was a glorious day. The sun was perfect, the Castro was full of
By Whitney Grover “Trees, trees, beautiful trees,” the high-pitched song of the Brown Creeper rings out from a nearby tree trunk. These well-camouflaged little birds creep up the trees, hunting insects in the bark. Brown Creepers don’t breed on San Francisco’s Mount Sutro but they often come around to forage in the spring and fall.
By Michael Stevens Quite a story unfolded on the eBird Top 100 lists for 2020. After many years with the same excellent birders at the top of the heap, newcomers emerged as Champion Birder of the Year in both San Francisco and Alameda Counties. It seemed remarkable because of the combination it takes to get
By Craig Griffeath A little over seventy-five years ago, a visitor to the naval shipyards at Richmond’s Point Potrero would have encountered an impressive bustle of activity, with thousands of tough, dedicated “Rosie the Riveters” putting in long days on the heavy equipment at the yard in order to provide for their families. Today, at