East Bay Regional Park District Archive

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

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, GGAS Centennial, Golden Gate Audubon. Tags: Arthur Feinstein, conservation, East Bay Regional Park District, Gateway Valley, McCosker Loop Trail, Orinda, Orinda wildlife, Save Open Space, Wilder.

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 north-south wildlife corridor that runs from Wildcat…

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Vollmer Peak: Birding Hotspot March 9, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding Hotspots. Tags: Berkeley wildlife, Birding hotspots, East Bay Birding, East Bay Regional Park District, Tilden Park, Vollmer Peak.

By Denise Wight

Vollmer Peak in Tilden Regional Park, at an elevation of 1,905 feet, is one of the highest peaks in the Berkeley Hills. With relatively easy access, one can enjoy not only diverse birding but incredible views. On a clear day the Farallon Islands appear to balance on the western horizon, and to the east you can see the outline of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Range across the Central Valley. Thanks to the foresight of the founders of the East …

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Fast-paced fun: a first-time Birdathon story March 5, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon. Tags: Birdathon, East Bay Regional Park District, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Oakland birding.

By Eric Schroeder

My wife and I have been members of Golden Gate Audubon Society for about five years, but until last year we had only been marginally active, occasionally attending the monthly talks in Berkeley. Then last year I enrolled in a year-long Master Birding Program that was co-sponsored by GGAS and the California Academy of Sciences, and, as a result, I was very excited when I received the list of Birdathon outings. Two in particular caught …

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Celebrating our 100th birthday at Tilden February 6, 2017

Posted by GGAS in GGAS Centennial, Golden Gate Audubon. Tags: East Bay Regional Park District, GGAS Centennial, GGAS Centennial Exhibit, Golden Gate Audubon Society.

By Ilana DeBare

Hey, if you turn 100, you’re allowed to celebrate for more than one day, right? Like maybe for a whole year?

That’s what we at Golden Gate Audubon are doing. For the Centennial of our founding in 1917, we developed a traveling museum exhibit that will be featured at different venues throughout 2017.

During February and March, it will be on display at the Environmental Education Center in Tilden Regional Park. We kicked off its…

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Point Isabel: Birding Hotspot October 4, 2016

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Birding Hotspots. Tags: birding, Birding hotspots, East Bay Birding, East Bay Regional Park District, Hoffman Marsh, Meeker Slough, Point Isabel, Ridgway's Rail.

By Jess Beebe

Most people think of Point Isabel primarily as a dog park, and indeed it features one of the largest and most scenic off-leash dog areas anywhere. But this park is also the gateway to a premier birding destination, offering access to a delightful stretch of the San Francisco Bay Trail that meanders through a restored salt marsh and slough and past expansive mudflats.

Tires, shopping carts, and chunks of concrete remind us that this place –…

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Chabot Gun Club – necessary closure, unnecessary delay March 2, 2016

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon. Tags: Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Chabot Gun Club, East Bay Regional Park District, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Lake Chabot.

By Ilana DeBare

The East Bay Regional Park District board made a welcome decision on Tuesday to shut down the Chabot Gun Club, which has been leaching toxic lead into the watershed of Lake Chabot.

But the board, apparently trying to placate gun owners, gave the club a full year to shut down – six months more than was recommended by park district staff, and far more time than is necessary.

“It’s a sign of progress that the gun range’s days are…

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Support wildlife, not gunfire, in East Bay parklands October 22, 2015

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon. Tags: Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Chabot Gun Club, East Bay Regional Park District, Golden Gate Audubon Society.

By Ilana DeBare

Golden Gate Audubon Society has joined the growing chorus of park users and neighbors urging shutdown of the controversial Chabot Gun Club and shooting range.

In a letter to the East Bay Regional Park District this week, GGAS urged non-renewal of the gun club’s lease because of its danger to wildlife, its disturbance of neighbors and park users, and the very high costs of bringing it into compliance with environmental laws.

“The serious…

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