birding

3:10pm

Fri February 28, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Saving the Bay starting with the Clapper Rail

A California Clapper Rail at Arrowhead Marsh, MLK Regional Shoreline, Oakland, CA.
Len Blumin

 

The California Clapper Rail is a bird that likes to be heard, but not seen. But today, on this windy morning at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland, they aren’t too vocal. In order to find them, Vivian Bui scans the air with a big metal antenna, attached to a receiver, while she listens through big headphones.

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6:00pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Birding on Alcatraz

From left to right, Danielle Ricci, Logan Bartling, and Marie Cerda.
Molly Samuel

Alcatraz Island is famous mainly for one thing: its prison. But it’s also a good place to lay eggs.

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4:26pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Bald eagles nest in San Mateo County, but no chicks this year

Photo by Sarah Lenz

 

Used to be, you had to take one of those Alaskan cruises to be sure of sighting an American bald eagle in the wild, but thanks to vigorous conservation efforts, which have removed the eagle from the Endangered Species List, such sightings are more common now in the Lower 48.  Birders, and many other fans of our national symbol, flocked to San Mateo County to watch these impressive birds do something they hadn’t done there in almost 100 years: build a nest.

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