Conservation Archive

The Journeys of Debi Shearwater October 17, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Conservation, Nature Education, seabirds, Sightings

An interview with Debi Shearwater, founder of Shearwater Journeys and recipient of the Ludlow Griscom Award at the 2018 Monterey Birding Festival

By Taylor Crisologo

Debi Shearwater received the Ludlow Griscom Award at the 2018 Monterey Birding Festival held in Monterey, California. The award is given by the American Birding Association to an individual who has made significant contributions to our…

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Surveying Brown Pelicans at the Alameda Wildlife Reserve Breakwater Island October 2, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon, San Francisco Wildlife

NOTE: Updated post with additional photos.

By Taylor Crisologo

The pelican moved slowly, stretching out its great wings in one fluid motion. It lifted its long bill to the sky and opened it briefly, then quickly snapped it shut. Our boat continued to move parallel to the pelican’s resting place, our movement causing me to crane my neck to keep sight of the individual.

As the pelican drifted away from my binocular’s…

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The American Kestrel’s Mysterious Decline August 21, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Conservation, Nature Education, San Francisco Wildlife

By Taylor Crisologo

Crickets chirped, hidden somewhere in the brown ocean of grass beside the trail. The sun cast a golden glow on the hills, dotted with oak trees. In the distance, a lone American Crow called. It was an hour before sunset, and we were making our way along the trail in search of American Kestrels.

“There’s one!” Dan exclaimed, pointing to a small, dove-sized bird hovering above the trail…

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Flight of the Condors August 8, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Conservation, Nature Education

By Taylor Crisologo

The air was cool and crisp. It was just before sunrise, so you could begin to see swatches of color painting the sky. On the horizon, the twisting curves of the mountains were beginning to be illuminated. We were the only ones awake at this hour in the small motel. Our bags packed, we walked outside into the dawn.

I’ve been a birder since my first months in college. There, I discovered a community…

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Oakland Zoo Celebrates Locals (in more ways that you think!) July 23, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Nature Education

by Leslie Storer

The Oakland Zoo has just opened California Trail, a series of habitats featuring species that are currently or were once found in California. This is a theme near and dear to my heart. My career path found me interpreting wild animals from around the world to zoo guests. The whole time I asked myself, ‘What about the species in our backyard?’

California Trail is home to black bears, brown

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Lobbying for birds at the state Capitol June 25, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

Cynical folks like to joke about the “turkeys” who serve in elected office.

But we encountered only one turkey last Wednesday during a full day of citizen advocacy at the California State Capitol – a live Wild Turkey strolling across the building’s north-facing steps!

Meanwhile, inside the building, we received a warm welcome as we met with our state representatives and their legislative…

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GGNRA Superintendent Joss Meets with GGAS June 19, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco Wildlife

By Philip Gerrie

In May, Golden Gate Audubon representatives met with the new Superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Laura Joss. GGAS has a long history of meeting, and working collegially with, GGNRA superintendents and professional staff. Also attending the meeting from the GGNRA were Michael Savidge, GGNRA Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships, and William Merkle,…

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