Cal Bears in birding action April 13, 2014

Posted by Ilana DeBare in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon

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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Sutro Forest – conservation gem or lost opportunity? April 8, 2014

Posted by GGAS in Birding Hotspots, Conservation
By Patricia Greene

People who live outside of San Francisco are often unaware of the existence of this small open space preserve in the middle of San Francisco.

Mount Sutro is the northernmost forested peak of the San Francisco Central Highlands that continue south through Twin Peaks and Mount Davidson, all with summits in the 900-foot range. The south-east saddle between Mount Sutro and Twin Peaks spor

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Birdathon at the Cal Academy of Sciences April 6, 2014

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon

By Carol and Steve Lombardi

Our Birdathon visit to the California Academy of Sciences bird collection last Thursday coincided with their monthly Nightlife program, so our descent to the basement was accompanied by booming dance music. Jack Dumbacher, Curator of Collections for the Academy (official title: Chairman and Curator, Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy) was our enthusiastic guide. …

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Indoor birding at the Bolinas Museum March 30, 2014

Posted by Ilana DeBare in Birding, Reviews

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

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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