Gardening for the birds April 6, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Conservation

By Kathy Kramer

2018 is Year of the Bird.  Noreen Weeden, Volunteer Director at Golden Gate Audubon said “A positive action you can take is to learn more about the connection between native plants and native birds.An even bigger step is to plant native plants in your yard, patio or balcony or join Golden Gate Audubon in lending a hand in active habitat restoration at a local park.”

In The Chickadee’s

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Treasure hunting March 23, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding

By Eric James Schroeder

As I drove into the Maxwell Cemetery, I was doubtful. As birding habitat goes, this small country cemetery in the middle of California’s Central Valley, didn’t look very promising. Grass, a few scattered shrubs and trees, and many weathered upright grave markers. I parked my car on a narrow gravel road in the center of the small cemetery and got out. Perched on a tall headstone about…

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Meaningful help for owls March 16, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Conservation

By Eddie Bartley and Noreen Weeden

Ari Dalfen, an “almost” 9-year-old and a 3rd grader, hails from the Richmond District in San Francisco. Recently, along with his moms, Ari visited the California Raptor Center in Davis, CA. The facility is part of the U.C. Davis Veterinary Medicine which treats over 300 hawks and raptors each year for a wide variety of medical needs and also provides information to the…

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A winter day at the Salton Sea February 7, 2018

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By Holly Bern

The Salton Sea, in the Imperial Valley of southern California, is a critical stop for many birds on the Pacific Flyway, and I had been hearing about it for years from a number of birding friends.  The north end of the sea is about 7 – 8 hours away from the Bay Area, or more depending on traffic, so it takes a little planning and at least a few days to do it right.  When tour leaders Eddie Bartley …

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Brown-headed Cowbirds in the Bay Area January 31, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding

Editor’s Note: When I was new to birding, I was puzzled by the hostility shown by many veteran birders to the Brown-headed Cowbird. Mere mention of a cowbird among sightings during the Christmas Bird Count compilation dinner would draw boos! This excerpt from San Francisco’s Natural History: From Sand Dunes to Streetcars, the new book by Harry Fuller, explains why. 

By Harry Fuller

One…

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