Golden Gate Audubon Archive

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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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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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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Wild Osprey Boat Cruise May 31, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon, Sightings

By Melani King

Osprey boat tour? That was the email subject line from my friend Ann inquiring whether I’d be interested in this boat trip. Of course I would! What better way to check out many of the Osprey pairs from a bay vantage?

Disclaimer: I am one of the many Richmond and Rosie, sfbayospreys.org-obsessed viewers. And so is my retired husband. Before I leave for work, the webcam site is left up onscreen, …

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Bright Sparks at Lake Merritt May 15, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Birding Hotspots, Golden Gate Audubon, Sightings

By Hilary Powers
Note: this blog first appeared in the May 2018 edition of The Tidings 

A few participants in the April 4th-Wednesday Golden Gate Audubon walk – not including me, alas – got to see one of the finest sights springtime has to offer: a pair of Eared Grebes in full copper and steel and gold breeding plumage rise up and run side by side across the water. By the time others whirled to look, the two were

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Richmond honors its feathered citizens April 19, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Blake Edgar

Dozens of big colorful birds alighted on the concrete in front of Richmond’s City Hall Wednesday morning. More than 30 local artists, both young and old, turned out to “Chalk it Up for Richmond’s Birds and the Year of the Bird,” an event organized by the City of Richmond and Golden Gate Audubon Society. The society’s fourth annual art celebration, this was the first one held in …

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Best holiday gift – the Christmas Bird Count December 29, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon

By Maureen Lahiff

December 17 was the Third Sunday of Advent. We lit the rose candle for joy at the 5 p.m. Saturday evening Mass. But I got my best present of the season a bit early: the 77th Oakland Christmas Bird Count (CBC).

I’d like to share both facts and personal reflections about why the CBC matters so much to me and to ecology and conservation. This piece is in the spirit of the father of interpretive naturalists…

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