Conservation Archive

Congratulations, it’s an Osprey chick! May 12, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

Mother’s Day came early on top of the Whirley Crane — with the Osprey pair at the center of our live nest cam hatching their first chick early Friday morning!

Rosie, the mother, was on the nest in the early morning hours as the first of two eggs hatched over a period of about nine hours. When the chick had pecked its way partly out of the shell, she picked up the discarded top half of the …

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Top ten reasons to be a citizen-advocate May 10, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation

Audubon members are great at being citizen-scientists!  No one lets their lack of a PhD stop them from contributing to the understanding of birds through Christmas Bird Counts, breeding bird surveys, and other field work.

But protecting the birds we love takes more than citizen-scientists. We also need citizen-advocates… people who care about California wildlife and are willing to convey that…

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First BioBlitz at Pier 94 finds 168 species May 3, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count has been called the grandparent of all citizen science events. That might make a BioBlitz the newest grandchild – young, tech-savvy, and inviting all ages to play.

Like a CBC, a BioBlitz mobilizes regular citizens to document their nature sightings during a 24-hour period of time. But it includes not just birds but all kinds of living things, from grasses…

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Gardening for birds – some local models April 23, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, How To...

By Kathy Kramer

In a charming New York Times article several years ago called The Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening, Douglas Tellamy wrote, “Chances are, you have never thought of your garden… as a wildlife preserve that represents the last chance we have for sustaining plants and animals that were once common throughout the U.S. But that is exactly the role our suburban landscapes are now playing…

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New season of Oakland heron rescues April 19, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

We’re delighted to launch a second year of rescuing young herons in downtown Oakland, together with our partners at Oakland Zoo and International Bird Rescue!

The busy streets of downtown Oakland are home to about 130 nests of Black-crowned Night-Herons and Snowy Egrets, making Oakland the largest night-heron rookery in the Bay Area.

But city streets are a dangerous place for young herons. If they…

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Nesting season prep at the Bison Paddock March 27, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

For the fifth consecutive year, Golden Gate Audubon Society is partnering with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department to create nesting opportunities for White-crowned Sparrows, Tree Swallows, Western Bluebirds, and other species at the Bison Paddock in Golden Gate Park.

GGAS volunteers work with park department staff once a month to create habitat and maintain nest boxes at the edge of the…

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Five years of Snowy Plover habitat help March 2, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Corny Foster and Matthew Zlatunich

This March marks the fifth anniversary of Golden Gate Audubon Society’s Snowy Plover Habitat Maintenance Program at Crissy Field. During monthly volunteer sessions, we’ve learned a lot about the habitat and avian residents at Crissy Field beach. We’ve also learned a lot – maybe more than we wanted – about the trash that shows up there.

To mark the fifth anniversary,…

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