A red tide worse than any since 2004 is the likely culprit. Gulls are gorging on the dead mollusks and leaving shell piles on the docks.
Iris Kwok covers the environment for Berkeleyside through a partnership with Report for America. A former music journalist, her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, KQED, San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Classical Voice, among other publications. In her spare time, you can find her petting street cats or playing cello. She joined Berkeleyside in June 2022.
5 Berkeley stories of what it means to have your student loans forgiven
A UC Berkeley senior now owes just $138. A Ph.D. student is less scared to graduate. A wood craftsman says his $50,000-plus debt doesn’t feel any smaller.
New rock garden opens in Tilden
The small rock garden, highlighting native alpine plants from the high Sierra Nevada, opened on Saturday in the Tilden botanic garden.
How neighbors in the Berkeley Hills are making their community more wildfire resistant
The Firewise program helps neighbors form a plan to reduce wildfire risk. Berkeley’s first group formed this spring, and three more are in the works.
‘Spare the Air’ alert issued Tuesday for Berkeley
A combination of wildfire smoke and vehicle exhaust has the Bay Area Air Quality Management District urging people to limit driving.
Berkeley teen wins gold in swim race from Alcatraz to San Francisco
Chetan Raghavan, 14, placed first in the non-wetsuit category of the annual Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim. He came in second overall out of over 700 swimmers.
Berkeley native is back home after 240-mile trek to East Bay’s water source
Nina Gordon-Kirsch spent more than a month walking from her home in Oakland to the headwaters of the Mokelumne River.
‘Like one body’: Young musicians from 22 countries inspire at UC Berkeley’s Greek Theatre
Renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s Encuentros Orchestra stopped by Berkeley for its final show of the year last Thursday.
AC Transit to resume pre-pandemic bus service on several Berkeley lines
Weekend service will return on Line 79. Buses will run more frequently on lines 12, 18, 70 and 88.
Worried about wildfire? Here’s how to share your thoughts on Berkeley’s wildfire risk reduction plans
The city will hold a meeting Wednesday to introduce its plan to protect the community from increasingly destructive wildfires and garner resident feedback.
City’s fee hike takes the air out of beloved Berkeley Kite Festival
The kite shop owner who ran the festival for over 30 years says the city’s over-$40,000 event-fee increase will mean an end to the Berkeley Marina tradition.
Revamped amphitheater, new picnic area open at John Hinkel Park
A new irrigation system still needs to be installed, but the city celebrated the completion Saturday of a $1 million project to restore the North Berkeley park.