Golden Gate Audubon Archive

Farallon Islands through the centuries August 8, 2017

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

Editor’s Note: The Farallon Islands have been part of Golden Gate Audubon Society’s history since our founding a century ago in 1917. Today they face a new threat as the Trump Administration considers paring back the surrounding National Marine Sanctuary to allow oil drilling. This is a reprint of a story that ran in The Gull newsletter ten years ago as part of our 90th anniversary celebrations.

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From bird lover to bird lobbyist (for a day) August 3, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Janet McGarry

Like most nature lovers, I am alarmed and outraged at Trump’s efforts to dismantle environmental regulations and policies. So when I read on Golden Gate Audubon Society’s Facebook page about Audubon California’s Advocacy Day on June 8th, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take action rather than despair and rage. Spending a day in Sacramento would be a small sacrifice in light…

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Oakland herons released at MLK Shoreline July 29, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

Our three-way heron rescue partnership with International Bird Rescue and Oakland Zoo paid inspiring dividends again on Friday, when 19 young herons and egrets were released into thriving marsh habitat at Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline.

There is hardly anything more uplifting than witnessing the release of wild birds that had been threatened with death, rescued, and nursed…

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Chalking the wonder of birds at the Presidio July 11, 2017

Posted by GGAS in GGAS Centennial, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

Our traveling Centennial exhibit arrives at the Presidio this week — heralded by 20 very large, very colorful, and somewhat dusty birds.

Chalk birds.

A bevy of artists gathered last Saturday to create sidewalk chalk images of birds of the Presidio, in a celebration of our Centennial co-sponsored by the Presidio Trust.

Pigeon Guillemot. Anna’s Hummingbird. Black Phoebe. Violet-green

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Oakland saves herons while removing nest tree July 6, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

What a difference three years makes!

In spring 2014, Oakland post office officials thoughtlessly decided to cut foliage in the Bay Area’s largest heron rookery at the height of nesting season — destroying nests and leaving young birds injured and homeless.

This week, the City of Oakland had to remove a hazardous tree in that same rookery. But city staff partnered with Golden …

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Eco-Ed students discover wild San Francisco June 26, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education

By Sharon Beals

An energetic and slightly raucous hike up the trail through the canyon was just what the classroom of fourth graders from Bayshore Elementary in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood needed after their morning bus ride to Glen Park.

The air was fresh, newly green willows blazed, and Islais Creek was brimming. In no time Anthony DeCicco, Golden Gate Audubon Society’s Eco-Education

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Greater Sage-Grouse on their lek: unforgettable experience June 20, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon

By Maureen Lahiff

On a Golden Gate Audubon Society trip in late March, an early adventure as part of Birdathon 2017, we had a long, full day of birding on Saturday and a wonderful morning on Sunday. We visited a number of areas around Susanville (Lassen County), and then caravanned to Honey Lake, Jack’s Valley, and Eagle Lake. We saw almost 90 species, including wintering geese, ducks, and other water birds;…

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