Golden Gate Audubon Society Archive

Birdathon 2017 – it’s a wrap! May 18, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon. Tags: Birdathon, Elsie Roemer Conservation Award, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Paul Covel Education Award.

By Ilana DeBare

Golden Gate Audubon Society just wrapped up another successful Birdathon — great trips, great birds, and a great deal of money raised to protect Bay Area wildlife.

Birdathon 2017 culminated with a festive garden party on Saturday, May 13, where we announced winners of the birding and fundraising prizes, as well as the local heroes being honored with our annual Elsie Roemer Conservation Award and Paul Covel Education Award.


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New season of Oakland heron rescues April 19, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon. Tags: Black-crowned Night-Herons, Golden Gate Audubon Society, herons, International Bird Rescue, Oakland birds, Oakland herons, Oakland wildlife, Oakland Zoo.

We’re delighted to launch a second year of rescuing young herons in downtown Oakland, together with our partners at Oakland Zoo and International Bird Rescue!

The busy streets of downtown Oakland are home to about 130 nests of Black-crowned Night-Herons and Snowy Egrets, making Oakland the largest night-heron rookery in the Bay Area.

But city streets are a dangerous place for young herons. If they fall from their nest or a branch before they can…

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Nesting season prep at the Bison Paddock March 27, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon. Tags: Bison Paddock, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Golden Gate Park, habitat restoration, S.F. Recreation and Park Department, volunteers, White-crowned Sparrow.

For the fifth consecutive year, Golden Gate Audubon Society is partnering with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department to create nesting opportunities for White-crowned Sparrows, Tree Swallows, Western Bluebirds, and other species at the Bison Paddock in Golden Gate Park.

GGAS volunteers work with park department staff once a month to create habitat and maintain nest boxes at the edge of the paddock.

During their most recent work day in March,…

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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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Five years of Snowy Plover habitat help March 2, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Golden Gate Audubon. Tags: Crissy Field, Golden Gate Audubon Society, habitat restoration, Presidio, Snowy Plovers, volunteers, Western Snowy Plovers.

By Corny Foster and Matthew Zlatunich

This March marks the fifth anniversary of Golden Gate Audubon Society’s Snowy Plover Habitat Maintenance Program at Crissy Field. During monthly volunteer sessions, we’ve learned a lot about the habitat and avian residents at Crissy Field beach. We’ve also learned a lot – maybe more than we wanted – about the trash that shows up there.

To mark the fifth anniversary, here’s a history and progress report…

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Behind the scenes at IBR – a Birdathon highlight February 26, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon. Tags: Birdathon, Golden Gate Audubon Society, IBR, International Bird Rescue.

By Beth Moseley

The dictionary defines “behind the scenes” as:

1: working or happening privately without being known or seen by the public

As in:

  • Experience the amazing behind-the-scenes operations of International Bird Rescue (IBR).
  • Get a behind-the-scenes tour of IBR’s specialized facilities and meet experts in water bird care.
  • Enjoy great birding at a behind-the-scenes surprise destination.

Golden Gate Audubon’s 2017 Birdathon will…

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Final Report on 2016 Oakland CBC February 16, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon. Tags: CBC, Christmas Bird Count, East Bay Birding, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Oakland birds.

By Dave Quady and Bob Lewis

[This report is also available as a PDF for easy printing and sharing. Click here for the PDF version.]

After 2015’s memorable 75th anniversary count a letdown seemed inevitable, and our expectations dropped further when a terrific rainstorm moved in three days prior to count day. But when owlers began “work” in Redwood Regional Park at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 18, the stars were brilliantly clear. Later on, the day…

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