Falcon fledge watch at UC Berkeley July 18, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding

By Christina Tarr

In spring, the U.C. Berkeley campus is a veritable nursery. I walk across campus almost daily, and have regularly seen baby juncos, phoebes, crows, Brown Creepers, and Red-shouldered Hawks, not to mention skunks and raccoons. This spring, though, the most exciting family by far were the Peregrine Falcons nesting on top of the Campanile, the 307-foot bell tower in the middle of campus. …

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Chalking the wonder of birds at the Presidio July 11, 2017

Posted by GGAS in GGAS Centennial, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

Our traveling Centennial exhibit arrives at the Presidio this week — heralded by 20 very large, very colorful, and somewhat dusty birds.

Chalk birds.

A bevy of artists gathered last Saturday to create sidewalk chalk images of birds of the Presidio, in a celebration of our Centennial co-sponsored by the Presidio Trust.

Pigeon Guillemot. Anna’s Hummingbird. Black Phoebe. Violet-green

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Oakland saves herons while removing nest tree July 6, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

What a difference three years makes!

In spring 2014, Oakland post office officials thoughtlessly decided to cut foliage in the Bay Area’s largest heron rookery at the height of nesting season — destroying nests and leaving young birds injured and homeless.

This week, the City of Oakland had to remove a hazardous tree in that same rookery. But city staff partnered with Golden …

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Blackbird fly! (off of my horse trailer) July 5, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding

By Eric Schroeder

As a horse owner dependent upon a trailer to get into our local parks in the spring, I am vigilant about the trailer’s readiness. My trailer lives at Hossmoor, a 138-acre horse property where I’ve seen over fifty species of birds. It’s also just an eight-minute drive from Briones Regional Park—an excellent place to ride and to bird year-round.

But this spring my horse had been injured…

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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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