Golden Gate Audubon Archive

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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Big, sunny Christmas Bird Count in Oakland December 18, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

Over 300 Golden Gate Audubon Society members and friends hit the streets, parks, shorelines, and golf courses of the East Bay on Sunday to defend the Oakland Christmas Bird Count’s size record…. and to spot a few birds too.

The sunny, mild weekend weather didn’t augur well for California’s water supply, but it made for a beautiful day of birding.

This was the 77th …

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Butterflies of Pier 94 November 15, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

We often talk about the bird life at Pier 94, the former waterfront dump site owned by the Port of San Francisco that we have been restoring as wildlife habitat since 2002. But Pier 94 is also becoming rich habitat for butterflies!

With support from a private family foundation, we contracted with San Francisco lepidopterist Liam O’Brien to conduct a year-long survey of butterflies, …

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Cosco Busan oil spill – 10 years later November 6, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare 

Ten years ago — on November 7, 2007 — the Cosco Busan container ship struck a tower supporting the Bay Bridge and released 54,000 gallons of fuel into San Francisco Bay.

The spill was disastrous for wildlife, killing thousands of birds and blackening shorelines throughout the region.

Golden Gate Audubon Society played a leading role in documenting the damage, mobilizing …

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Celebrating our Centennial at Lindsay October 29, 2017

Posted by GGAS in GGAS Centennial, Golden Gate Audubon

By Ilana DeBare

Talk about grand finales! Golden Gate Audubon Society’s traveling Centennial exhibit arrived at its final venue of 2017 this month – Lindsay Wildlife Experience in Walnut Creek – and looked like it had been designed to fit that exact space.

Over 150 GGAS members and friends gathered to launch the exhibit on Sunday, October 15, a beautiful afternoon that came after the week of terrible…

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Black Oystercatcher nesting success at Heron’s Head October 17, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon

By Mary Betlach

I’ve walked at Heron’s Head Park on San Francisco’s southeastern shoreline since 2005 and casually observed juvenile Black Oystercatchers there most years. One of our most distinctive shorebirds because of their bright orange bills, oystercatchers are at risk because of the dwindling amount of rocky shoreline they need for nesting. They’re already designated a Species of Special…

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Golden Gate Audubon and the 1,300 acres October 10, 2017

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

By William Hudson & Ilana DeBare

The new two-mile McCosker Loop Trail in Orinda is a short trail with a long story behind it – a story that could easily be called “Golden Gate Audubon Society and the 1,300 acres.”

The trail is part of Gateway Valley, an area now known as Wilder, located south of Highway 24 and just east of the Caldecott Tunnel. The area is critical wildlife habitat – a key link in the …

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