Posts by Ilana DeBare

Cal Bears in birding action April 13, 2014

Posted by Ilana DeBare in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon cal-debare12

By Ilana DeBare

Ten birding Bears! Four song-filled hours! Sixty-four species!

But alas, no victory.

The Berkeley birding team organized by Golden Gate Audubon Society fell eleven species short of their cross-bay rivals on Sunday morning, in the first-ever Cal-versus-Stanford birding competition.

The Stanford team spotted 75 species to Berkeley’s 64.  Berkeley may have been undone not so much …

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Indoor birding at the Bolinas Museum March 30, 2014

Posted by Ilana DeBare in Birding, Reviews Study for "The Ceiling of Our Day" exhibit by Walter Kitundu

By Ilana DeBare

If you’re heading out for a day of birding at Point Reyes or Bolinas Lagoon in the next couple of months, consider adding an unusual stop.

A darkened room. Indoors. At the Bolinas Museum.

Through June 1, the museum is featuring an exhibit of over 100 bird photographs by Oakland artist Walter Kitundu. But this isn’t your standard series-of-framed-rectangles-on-a-wall.

The r…

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Why so many crows in Berkeley? March 28, 2014

Posted by Ilana DeBare in Birding Photo by Elaine Miller Bond

Editor’s Note: Berkeleyside, the online news site serving the city of Berkeley, recently asked us about the increase in crows there. Here’s the article we wrote for them.

By Ilana DeBare

“Why are there so many darn crows in Berkeley these days?”

We get that question a lot at Golden Gate Audubon, and the Berkeleyside editors get it too.

It’s not just Berkeley. Crows are on the increase …

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Go Bears! Spot that warbler! March 9, 2014

Posted by Ilana DeBare in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon The Campanile at U.C. Berkeley

By Ilana DeBare

Go Bears! Spot that warbler!

That’s a chant you’re unlikely to hear from the packed bleachers of Memorial Stadium during a Cal-Stanford football game.

But it’s a chant we’ll be mouthing silently to ourselves on April 13, when Golden Gate Audubon Society faces off against Santa Clara Valley Audubon in Birding’s Big Game — the first-ever Cal-versu…

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How birding passion creates star fundraisers March 5, 2014

Posted by Ilana DeBare in Golden Gate Audubon Northern Pintails / Photo by Bob Lewis

By Ilana DeBare

When Lisa Eileen Hern agreed to take part in Golden Gate Audubon’s Birdathon last year, she thought she’d raise $100 … if she were lucky.

She ended up raising $520!

“The response was overwhelming,” said Lisa, a San Francisco resident. “It was mostly from a general posting on Facebook. I didn’t even approach people individually. It was amazing how many people jumped in.”


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