Nature Education 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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Birds and Beginning Sailors October 10, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education, San Francisco Wildlife

By Marjorie Powell and Linda Carloni

It all started with a comment at a GGAS Centennial Celebration in spring 2017.
Photographs of birds in Alameda were on display. A member of the Board of an Alameda sailing camp mused about the variety of birds that might be seen at the camp and wondered if a birding class for the sailing students might be possible. It was late to set something up for that summer, but persistence…

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Art and Ospreys September 18, 2018

Posted by GGAS in How To..., Nature Education, Osprey Cam, San Francisco Wildlife

by Alisa Golden

When San Francisco Center for the Book asked me to submit a design for Roadworks, their annual steamroller printing festival, it didn’t take long to choose a subject. What could be better than an Osprey three-feet high? I was smitten with Rosie and Richmond, the Osprey pair visible on the GGAS web camera, so Osprey seemed a natural choice. I looked through screenshots I had taken from the camera…

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Getting to Know the Anna’s Hummingbird September 4, 2018

Posted by GGAS in bird feeders, Birding, Nature Education, San Francisco Wildlife

By Taylor Crisologo

I’ve always been captivated by the bright allure of hummingbirds. Their beautiful, iridescent
feathers and busy demeanors have made them some of my favorite birds to watch. I was even
more impressed by hummingbirds when I learned that all hummingbird species are only found in
North and South America. This discovery made me feel that much luckier to know this bird, as
they are a treasure…

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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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