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29th 2008
“Living with Wildlife in the East Bay” talk series

Posted under local birds & local wildlife & talks/presentations

There’s a great series of talks on Mondays (usually the first Monday of the month) at the Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland, 7:30 PM. Visit for details if you need ‘em. 

  • May 5: Raptors and Windmills at Altamont. Brian Latta, Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group.
  • June 9: Bobcats in the East Bay Hills. Jessica Sheppard, East Bay Regional Parks District
  • July 7 Exotic critters in the Bay.  Dr. Mary McGann.

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17th 2008
Say “hi” this Saturday at Berkeley Earth Day

Posted under talks/presentations & volunteer

This coming Saturday, April 19, is Berkeley’s Earth Day celebration. It’s at Civic Center Park, at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr Way and Center Street, a couple of blocks west of the BART station. It’s got food, music, crafts booths, that sort of thing. For at least part of the day, I’ll be helping man a booth on the Center Street side…actually several groups are sharing several booths: KyotoUSA, Golden Gate Audubon, Urban Creeks Council, and East Bay Watershed Nursery will all be there. There will be some give-aways, and we’ll have some flyers, including East Bay Shoreline bird lists and other useful info. I’d be thrilled if someone would stop by and say they read my blog! Also, if anyone can help man the booth, leave a comment and we’ll sign you up! –Phil

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18th 2008
Seabirds on Alcatraz: talk by Melissa Pitkin

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The Point Reyes Bird Observatory’s Melissa Pitkin will be giving a Golden Gate Audubon Society Speaker Series talk this Thursday, March 20:

Hundreds of Brandt’s Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants, and Western Gulls nest on the cliffs below the public areas on Alcatraz Island, and the island’s trees support small colonies of Snowy Egrets and Black-crowned Night-Herons. Melissa Pitkin will give an overview of the findings from PRBO Conservation Science’s long-term research on Alcatraz Island, including some of the conservation threats and solutions for San Francisco Bay seabirds. Her presentation will emphasize how to prevent disturbances to nesting birds from human activities, such as boating, fishing, and kayaking. 

Refreshments served at 7 pm, talk is at 7:30, at Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda in Berkeley (very close to the Solano Avenue tunnel).  


4th 2008
Condor talk this Wednesday in San Francisco

Posted under birds (general) & talks/presentations

Not sure why this doesn’t show up on the Golden Gate Audubon website (or at least not the Speaker Series) page.  Looks really interesting:

  • February 6: Return of the Condor to the Central Coast 
  • Joe Burnett, Senior Wildlife Biologist Ventana Wildlife Society’s California Condor Recovery Program  
  • Presented by the McBean Family FoundationWednesday, 6:30 reception, 7 to 8:30 p.m. lecture
  • Great Hall, Lurie Education Center at the SF Zoo 
  • Recommended for ages 12 and above.

“Ten years ago Ventana Wildlife Society began releasing condors in Big SurCalifornia and have successfully reintroduced a flock of more than 45 condors.  Once on the brink of extinction,California condors are slowly regaining their status in the wild.  Join Joe Burnett as he shares his firsthand experience working with condors, and describes the challenges facing North America’s largest flying bird.” 

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14th 2008
Berkeley’s Aquatic Park: habitat improvement possibilities?

Posted under local birds & talks/presentations

I’ve never found Berkeley’s Aquatic Park very appealing: the constant freeway noise, and the occasional loud train passing by, don’t make it a relaxing place, or one where I feel in tune with nature.  But lots of birds don’t seem to mind.  I’ve seen over 400 birds on the water there at one time, during migration season.  The place hosts coots, bufflehead, grebes, herons, egrets, bitterns, and many other birds.  It has its problems, though.  The park has only tiny amounts of marsh (and thus few wetland birds). Water quality is pretty low, and summer temperature spikes and algal blooms and die-offs can eliminate dissolved oxygen and kill the fish that the birds depend on. 

The City of Berkeley has gotten a $1.5 million grant from the Coastal Conservancy (a state agency) to do “habitat improvement” at Aquatic Park.  A consultant hired by the City suggests that the lagoons provide most of the habitat, and has proposed some changes to the water circulation that should improve the circulation with the bay and thus the water quality.  Several people I respect, including Mark Liolios of Aquatic Park EGRET (a volunteer group that does habitat restoration and education), think this is a waste of money, and would rather see the money spent on native planting, removal of invasive plants, and so on.  However, a Coastal Conservancy staffer agreed with the consultant that the open water portions of the park are most important and that improving the lagoon water quality should be a priority; this assessment does not have legal force, though.

 When I was a Berkeley Parks and Recreation  Commissioner, through early 2007,  I was on the Aquatic Park subcommittee and thus had an official role in helping determine what happens at the park.  Now, I’m just another concerned citizen…but I’ll still be at the next Aquatic Park Subcommittee Meeting, Thursday, January 17, 2:30-4:00, in the Redwood Room on the 6th Floor of the Berkeley Civic Center (on Milvia Street downtown).  The meeting is open to the public, and there will be plenty of opportunity for comment.  Please come out if you have relevant experience or opinions.  


14th 2008

Posted under talks/presentations

The Golden Gate Audubon Society speaker series is presenting the following talk/slideshow at the Northbrae Community Church (941 The Alameda, at the top of Solano Avenue in Berkeley) at 7:30 PM this Thursday. Come half an hour early and have some refreshments etc.  


Antarctica: An Unforgettable Journey”

Eleanor Bricetti, Wildlife Photographer

January 17, 2007


Aboard the icebreaker Ushuaia, photographer Eleanor Briccetti traveled from Ushuaia, Argentina, to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and the Antarctic Peninsula. Wildlife abounded on this trip: eight species of penguins, including King, Rockhopper, Chinstrap, and Adelie; Weddell, Fur, and Leopard Seals; Humpback Whales; and Black-browed and Wandering Albatross. Add to these sightings the breathtaking beauty of Antarctica, and you have an unforgettable journey that you will not want to miss!



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