March 31. Chicks approximately 18 days old. Photo: Elaine Miller Bond
Diary of a hummingbird’s nest — one of 10 animal-related stories on Berkeleyside in 2015. You may also have caught a live presentation of the diary at the Uncharted Ideas Festival this year. Photo: Elaine Miller Bond

Berkeleyside reports many animal stories every year, and 2015 was no exception. Sometimes they are strange, such as the day in January when two boars’ heads popped up around town, or the night in June when a squirrel caused a massive power outage. Sometimes they are sad, like the time a couple hung up the body of a deer to make a point about off-leash dogs.

But, more often than not, they are heart-lifting and beautiful. This applies to all the wonderful stories created for us by wildlife photographer Elaine Miller Bond. In 2015, Miller Bond told us about the release of a golden eagle, a hummingbirds’ nest, jumping fish, and glorious clusters of monarch butterflies (a post that was shared more than 21,000 times on Facebook).

And the three-part tale, plus epilogue, by Leslie Smith, about the rescue of a neglected dog, dubbed the “barber’s dog,” was surely one of the most captivating stories of the year.

Below, we bring you 10 of our most widely read 2015 animal-related stories, presented in chronological order.

1. Flying high again: Golden eagle returns to East Bay skies

Photo: Elaine Miller Bond

2. City acts after yellowjacket swarm attack in Berkeley park

Photo: Carter Tomasi

3. Sweetness and light: Diary from a hummingbird’s nest 

Photo: Elaine Miller Bond

4. Squirrel causes power outage for 45,000 in East Bay  

Photo: Derrick Coetzee

5. Goats swarm across road, stop traffic in the Berkeley Hills 

6. Berkeley couple takes death of fawn into own hands

Photo: Christian Stauduhar

7. First time observed: Hundreds of monarch butterflies cluster in Berkeley’s Aquatic Park

Photo: Elaine Miller Bond

8. The barber’s dog: The tale of one woman’s bid to save a neglected dog: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Epilogue

Photo: Leslie Smith

9.  Making a splash: Young fish jump in Berkeley’s Aquatic Park

Photo: Elaine Miller Bond

10. Berkeley teams help make Oakland Christmas bird count the biggest in the world

Photo: Alan Krakauer

Related:
Berkeleyside wishes you a happy, safe 2016 (12.31.15)
2015: The year in Berkeley crime, public safety (12.31.15)
The biggest Berkeley stories of 2015 (12.30.15)
Help us to keep bringing you the Berkeley news in 2016 (12.24.15)
Best East Bay dishes and drinks 2015: Part 2 (12.23.15)
Best East Bay dishes and drinks 2015: Part 1 (12.22.15)
Big Screen Berkeley: Favorite films of 2015 (12.22.15)
Best books of 2015, picked by Berkeleyside editors, guests (12.17.15)

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...