The owlet is yawning. Photo by Lee Aurich

Berkeley may be urban, but its city dwellers continue to be fascinated by the wild creatures that live in the region’s parks and backyards. For a few weeks, Berkeleyside has been running photos of a family of great horned owls nesting along the trail in Claremont Canyon. Lee Aurich captured some amazing images of the mama owl feeding its chick. And on Friday, Gisele Frazão Teixeira took photos of a blue heron on the hunt for lunch.

Crime was the other source of fascination for readers this week, especially the video of two cyclists who were hit by a car Wednesday while pedaling up Tunnel Road. The video started to make the rounds of Twitter Thursday afternoon and soon went viral, showing up on dozens of websites and newscasts. On Friday, Berkeley police arrested a suspect in the hit and run accident.

Mayor Tom Bates also announced, via Twitter, that he would seek re-election again. He has had the job for 10 years but says he still has things to accomplish.

Berkeleyside covered these stories and much more this week. We know from the hundreds of comments and feedback we get directly that many of you are deeply engaged with Berkeleyside. If you want to help Berkeleyside thrive, please consider supporting us and local, independent journalism by becoming a supporter for as little as $5 a month.

Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...