Fall 2019 Gull is available

The winter issue of our Gull newsletter is now available, featuring Golden Gate Audubon's key role in Alameda's adoption of Bird-Safe Building Ordinances.

Eagle Scouts restore habitat at Pier 94

Thanks to Eagle Scout Troop 888 and family members who helped us restore bird habitat at Pier 94 in San Francisco on March 8!  The day was thoughtfully planned and organized by Coletrain Phillips, one of the Eagle Scouts.

The Scouts were energetic, friendly and super productive.  The day included removing non-native invasive weeds, planting 300 native plants, watering the newly planted plants, painting over graffiti on the k-rails and back of signs.

The group took a bird walk where they observed American Avocets, Whimbrel, and Snowy Egret and other birds feeding along the Bay. After the break the Troop prepared an area for future broadcast seeding by raking the area.  This was a huge amount of work accomplished in a single day.

Want to get involved? Our next habitat restoration work day at Pier 94 is on Saturday April 5 from 9 a.m. until noon. Info on the volunteer page of our web site.…

Osprey nest next to Pier 94

Osprey have nested atop a maritime crane next to GGAS’ wetlands restoration site at Pier 94 – the first documented Osprey nest in the city of San Francisco.  The Chronicle wrote a story about it on July 6. (Alas, no birds were visible during the photographer’s brief visit so she only got a photo of the nest.)

Many thanks to the Port of San Francisco for their support of the nest: They stopped crane operations for the duration of nesting season.

And many thanks to the thousand volunteers who, since 2002, have planted over 500 native plants, pulled 80 cubic yards of non-native weeds, and removed 1,500 gallon bins filled with trash and material for recycling. YOU have helped recreate a small Eden of wetlands that is a good place for Osprey to call home!…

Coastal Commission highlights GGAS Eco-Ed programs

You know those whale-tail license plates that you see all over California? Some of the money from those special plates goes to educating children about coastal habitat — including to Golden Gate Audubon’s Eco-Education programs.

Now our Eco-Ed programs have been written up by the Coastal Commission, the folks who oversee the whale tail grants! You can read their story about us here. Their writer hangs out at Pier 94 with a group of third-graders from Bayview/Hunter’s Point, looks for crabs, and even tastes pickleweed with them.

More on the whale tail license plate program here.