Now is a great time to get outside and do some birdwatching along our shorelines. Here is what to look for and where.
The Berkeley-based Golden Gate Audubon Society is marking its 100th anniversary with a traveling exhibit on display at Tilden Park Environmental Education Center through the end of March.
Emilie Strauss peered across Lake Anza and divided up the watery territory by species. “David is counting coots, Mark is doing mallards, who wants to do Pied-billed Grebes?” she called out. It was just after dawn on Sunday, Dec. 20, and the rosy sky over the lake heralded a welcome break in the rain for […]
By Kathleen Maclay Sawdust, the smell of success. As this year’s month long embARC Summer Design Academy at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design neared its end, the fabrication lab filled with the buzzing of band saws and drill presses, the tap-tapping of nail guns and the rhythmic scratch of sandpaper. Some 40 high school […]
The Bay Area’s welcome rainstorms let up for 24 hours on Sunday Dec. 14… just long enough for more than 200 birders to have a fabulous Oakland Christmas Bird Count. Both novice and experienced birders fanned out over a 15-mile-wide circle including Oakland, Berkeley, Albany and neighboring cities, as part of Audubon’s 115th annual Christmas Bird […]
By Bruce Mast They are the clowns of the oak savannah — Acorn Woodpeckers — with their harlequin faces, gregarious habits, and off-kilter laughing calls that inspired Woody Woodpecker. Here in the Bay Area, Acorn Woodpecker colonies are fairly common in the East Bay hills and the western slopes of Mount Diablo, particularly where there […]
Some of Berkeley’s most common and beloved birds could face extinction within the next 70 years due to climate change, according to an authoritative new study by National Audubon Society. The study – released on Tuesday after seven years of research – predicts the effects of climate change on 588 species of North American birds. It […]
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 Big Game birding competition. The Stanford team spotted 75 species to Berkeley’s 64. Berkeley may have been undone […]
“Why are there so many darn crows in Berkeley these days?” We get that question a lot at Berkeleyside, and Golden Gate Audubon gets it too. It’s not just Berkeley. Crows are on the increase throughout the Bay Area, as are their larger and deeper-voiced cousins, ravens. Back in the 1980s, Golden Gate Audubon members […]
By April Rose Sommer Much to the relief of wildlife lovers, the Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday night to delay its pilot program to exterminate ground squirrels at César Chávez Park. The city had generated broad outcry earlier this year when it announced plans to trap and kill park squirrels as a means to address […]
“Go Bears! Spot that warbler!” That’s a chant you’re unlikely to hear from the packed bleachers of Memorial Stadium during a Cal-Stanford football game. But it’s a chant a certain group of enthusiasts will be mouthing silently to themselves on April 13, when Golden Gate Audubon Society faces off against Santa Clara Valley Audubon in Birding’s […]
The black cat named Totoro trained his bright yellow eyes on a Chestnut-backed Chickadee singing on a branch. The chickadee was only a few feet away. There was no windowpane between them. The cat could practically reach out and grab the bird. The bird was safe. Totoro was in his “catio” – an outdoor enclosure […]