Before his Feb. 1 appearance at the David Brower Center, we talked to Joe Riis, as well as a contributor to his new book, UC Berkeley’s Arthur Middleton.
With more local sightings, we quizzed coyote expert Camilla Fox who believes if we can shift the way we view and treat coyotes, we can shift the way we view and treat all wildlife.
Their color is spectacular, sublime, almost otherworldly. And it’s rarely seen in flowers. The teal-blue Puya berteroana are blooming again.
Last November, Berkeleyside published an article about a spectacular natural phenomenon seen in Berkeley for the first time: hundreds of monarch butterflies were clustering in the trees of Aquatic Park. This fall, thoughtful reader and independent gardener Toni Cox wrote to Berkeleyside, requesting that we create a new article about monarchs. In particular, Cox noted […]
In late October, Berkeleyside received a tip that thousands of tiny fish were jumping in the waters of Aquatic Park. Less than three weeks later, we received another “scoop” about the park that throngs of monarch butterflies were clustering in the trees. I’d seen groups of monarchs in well-known gathering places, called “roosts” or “bivouacs,” […]
Dark clouds gathered last Tuesday morning, and many of us hoped for a storm. Yet, the not-so-still waters at Berkeley’s Aquatic Park didn’t roil from raindrops; they bubbled from thousands of small jumping fish. According to Dr. Peter Moyle, Distinguished Professor Emeritus with the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at UC Davis, these […]
Have you ever had one of those days in which everything sparkles? For me, that day was March 1. It was my first day out on my own, following a painful injury. It was the day I picked up and freed a pigeon, trapped in the dark corner of a café where I like to […]
Last September, while working on an article for Berkeleyside, I took a short trip to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek. My mission there was purely amphibious: to photograph western toads that the museum keeps on display. The toads were cute, for sure. But soon, my experience turned from amphibious to serendipitous. For I was […]
Predatory nonnative species, like this American bullfrog, count among the many threats to California’s native frogs. Photo: Elaine Miller Bond For a long time, I’ve wanted to write an article on frogs for Berkeleyside. In fact, my first “kiss” came from a frog in Tilden Park. It jumped to my lips as I drank water […]
A hummingbird whirrs by, as a squirrel flicks its tail, flirting. A robin fluffs its feathers after bathing in the stream. Leopard lilies, columbines, even the cacti are in full summery bloom. But today, at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Park, we’re here for the butterflies. Alan Kaplan, an entomologist, educator, and retired Tilden […]
When diving through the air, peregrine falcons can attain speeds over 200 miles per hour. Photo: Elaine Miller Bond Not long ago, Berkeleyside reader Patrick Hickey kindly sent in a photo of a beautiful bird of prey, perched on a tall building near his home in downtown Berkeley. I had my own suspicions (and sense […]
Pallid bat — one of the 14 native bat species that lives in or passes through Berkeley. Photo: Elaine Miller Bond Once you know what to look for, you might catch glimpses of California’s native bats, even around cities like Berkeley. I see bats near Tilden Park, flittering off into the dusk like tiny airborne […]