Conservation Archive

Richmond honors its feathered citizens April 19, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Blake Edgar

Dozens of big colorful birds alighted on the concrete in front of Richmond’s City Hall Wednesday morning. More than 30 local artists, both young and old, turned out to “Chalk it Up for Richmond’s Birds and the Year of the Bird,” an event organized by the City of Richmond and Golden Gate Audubon Society. The society’s fourth annual art celebration, this was the first one held in …

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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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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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Butterflies of Pier 94 November 15, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

We often talk about the bird life at Pier 94, the former waterfront dump site owned by the Port of San Francisco that we have been restoring as wildlife habitat since 2002. But Pier 94 is also becoming rich habitat for butterflies!

With support from a private family foundation, we contracted with San Francisco lepidopterist Liam O’Brien to conduct a year-long survey of butterflies, …

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Cosco Busan oil spill – 10 years later November 6, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare 

Ten years ago — on November 7, 2007 — the Cosco Busan container ship struck a tower supporting the Bay Bridge and released 54,000 gallons of fuel into San Francisco Bay.

The spill was disastrous for wildlife, killing thousands of birds and blackening shorelines throughout the region.

Golden Gate Audubon Society played a leading role in documenting the damage, mobilizing …

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Black Oystercatcher nesting success at Heron’s Head October 17, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Mary Betlach

I’ve walked at Heron’s Head Park on San Francisco’s southeastern shoreline since 2005 and casually observed juvenile Black Oystercatchers there most years. One of our most distinctive shorebirds because of their bright orange bills, oystercatchers are at risk because of the dwindling amount of rocky shoreline they need for nesting. They’re already designated a Species of Special…

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Golden Gate Audubon and the 1,300 acres October 10, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, GGAS Centennial, Golden Gate Audubon

By William Hudson & Ilana DeBare

The new two-mile McCosker Loop Trail in Orinda is a short trail with a long story behind it – a story that could easily be called “Golden Gate Audubon Society and the 1,300 acres.”

The trail is part of Gateway Valley, an area now known as Wilder, located south of Highway 24 and just east of the Caldecott Tunnel. The area is critical wildlife habitat – a key link in the …

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