Nature Education Archive

Field journaling – not for artists only March 22, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education

Editor’s Note: Natasha Lowery is the instructor for our newest class, a five-week workshop in Appreciating Birds: Journaling and Field Sketching that starts on April 11. A 2016 graduate of Tulane University in environmental biology, Natasha may be our youngest instructor ever! Her enthusiasm and welcoming attitude will make this class rewarding for anyone who is fascinated by birds and nature, even

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Nest box success stories July 11, 2016

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education

By Ilana DeBare

In 2015, our Eco-Education program in Richmond added a component on Bird-Friendly Schools, where elementary school students enhanced their schoolyards with nest boxes and native plants.

This year, we expanded the nest box program to nearby park lands!

Fourth graders from Montalvin, Stege, and Lake Elementary Schools built twelve wooden nest boxes and installed them in nearby Wildcat…

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Eco-Ed kids find beauty (and tadpoles) at Oakland creek June 5, 2016

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education

By Sharon Beals

It could have been the El-Nino-green willows billowing in the bird-songed breeze, or the buckeyes, their branches still full of stunning white blooms. Or maybe it was simply being out of school, and instead, standing on a tall-grassed path alongside a pooling creek, that inspired a round-faced eight-year-old boy to lower his binos and beam at me: “This is just so BEAUTIFUL!”

I’m still…

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Bob Lewis wins national birding award February 8, 2016

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education

By Ilana DeBare

Amidst all the injustice in our world, every so often there’s something that is amazingly, happily, unarguably right.

Like Bob Lewis being awarded the 2016 Chandler Robbins Education/Conservation Award by the American Birding Association.

One of three prestigious national awards announced by the ABA last week, the Chandler Robbins Award goes to someone who has made significant contributions…

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The rewards of getting kids outdoors January 27, 2016

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education

By Pauline Grant

When I returned recently from North Carolina with a stink bug loose in my suitcase, I did not immediately toss it out the window. I placed it under a jar on my kitchen counter. A few days later, I fed it a tiny piece of cracker and a few grains of sugar. (Surely bugs eat what we eat!) Each morning I would move the jar to check if it was still alive. After ten days under the jar, someone suggested I feed it…

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Becoming a Master Birder January 4, 2016

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education

By Krista Jordan

In late 2014, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and that’s when I saw it – a post by Golden Gate Audubon Society for a Master Birder program, in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences. I had never heard of such a thing and was immediately intrigued. I had been birding in earnest for about two years at that point, and was really wanting to get to a “next level” but wasn’t…

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A nest box newbie in the schoolyard August 3, 2015

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education

By Anthony DeCicco

Success! Pure thrilling success. I screamed “Yes!” this spring when I first saw a pair of adult Western Bluebirds entering the nest boxes made by third-grade students at Lake Elementary School in the North Richmond area.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve added a Bird-Friendly Schools component to our award-winning Eco-Education program. As part of that, the Lake Elementary…

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