Eco-Ed students discover wild San Francisco June 26, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education

By Sharon Beals

An energetic and slightly raucous hike up the trail through the canyon was just what the classroom of fourth graders from Bayshore Elementary in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood needed after their morning bus ride to Glen Park.

The air was fresh, newly green willows blazed, and Islais Creek was brimming. In no time Anthony DeCicco, Golden Gate Audubon Society’s Eco-Education

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Greater Sage-Grouse on their lek: unforgettable experience June 20, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon

By Maureen Lahiff

On a Golden Gate Audubon Society trip in late March, an early adventure as part of Birdathon 2017, we had a long, full day of birding on Saturday and a wonderful morning on Sunday. We visited a number of areas around Susanville (Lassen County), and then caravanned to Honey Lake, Jack’s Valley, and Eagle Lake. We saw almost 90 species, including wintering geese, ducks, and other water birds;…

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California Thrasher: curved bill, complex song June 13, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding

By Miya Lucas

In the spring and summer, the song of the California Thrasher always puts a smile on my face.  The rapid pulsing, throbbing beat within a continuous melody reminds me of a rhythmic rap song. Often lasting three to five minutes, it’s one of the more varied and complex bird songs and lacks a characteristic, repeated phrase that is easily identified with that bird.

The Cal Thrasher belongs to…

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Peregrine Falcons nesting atop Cal’s Campanile June 7, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding

When Doug Bell heard that a pair of Peregrine Falcons was nesting on the Campanile, he couldn’t believe his luck. An avid falconer, Bell has been fascinated with Peregrines — the fastest animal in the world — since he was a kid growing up in Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in zoology from UC Berkeley, where he studied ornithology and systematic biology. But never before had he heard of Peregrines nesting

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Behind the scenes with our Osprey nest cam June 1, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education

By Diane Rooney

Like many of us, you’ve probably seen – and perhaps become addicted to – the live streaming Osprey nest cam that Golden Gate Audubon Society launched at the end of March. You may have watched Osprey parents Rosie and Richmond work on the nest and incubate their eggs, and then cheered when their two chicks hatched in mid-May.

But how did this stunning, intimate video feed from the nest come…

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