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Spring migration in the city

April 10th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Birding, Brigid McCormack, S.F. Bay, spring migration

The sudden flash of yellow in the tree outside the Daly City BART station stopped me in my tracks. I’d been hustling from the parking lot to catch my 8:30 train — who knows what going through my head: a meeting, a lunch, a conference call, another meeting. But all that was erased completely by […]

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San Francisco Chronicle covers the herring run and our efforts to protect it

January 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Resources, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

The Chronicle’s Peter Fimrite writes about our Seabird Program’s efforts to protect forage fish. Also check out the gorgeous photos taken by the Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Michael Macor. Read the article here.   Share on Facebook

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Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary waterbird surveys

January 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

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Audubon’s Richardson Bay sanctuary ready for the waterbirds to return

September 20th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, fall migration, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

The San Francisco Chronicle notes today that the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary is ready to welcome huge numbers of wintering birds: The annual winged migration of waterfowl and shorebirds to Richardson Bay in Marin will soon start, meaning more than 900 acres of the historic area will be closed to boat traffic, including […]

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Richardson Bay is worth a visit this summer

August 15th, 2013 · Comments Off · Black Oystercatcher, Important Bird Areas, Nature education and activities, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

Although birds and people alike best know Richardson Bay as highly desirable wintertime waterbird habitat, our sanctuary waters are teeming with life during the summer as well. The brackish waters of our bay sustain a multitude of creatures just beneath the surface and many above as well. All summer long, leopard sharks have surprised and […]

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Celebrating San Francisco Bay

May 21st, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, S.F. Bay

  Just one day in advance of International Migratory Bird Day May 11, a Who’s Who of Bay-area conservation leaders gathered at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary to celebrate the recent designation of San Francisco Bay as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. Above, representatives from 21 conservation organizations around the […]

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A story about Caspian Terns within another story about Caspian Terns

May 5th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Birding, Pacific Flyway, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, spring migration

The Caspian Tern is the tern’s tern. Sure, in California we talk about the California Least Tern, a compelling story for sure – but if one tern stands above the others, it is probably the Caspian. The Caspian is bigger, more aggressive, and has that fire red bill that you can see from a mile […]

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Picky Eaters

February 7th, 2013 · Comments Off · Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

Guest post by Kerry Wilcox, Sanctuary Manager, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary In the recent couple weeks, an astounding wildlife phenomenon has been occurring on Richardson Bay and other parts of the greater SF Bay. Thousands of gulls, ducks, and grebes descended on the area to take advantage of an annual, but temporary abundance […]

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What is a Waterbird, and why should you care?

February 4th, 2013 · Comments Off · Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, seabirds

Guest blog post by Kerry Wilcox, Sanctuary Manager, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary The term waterbird gets used a lot by biologists and naturalists, but it can seem a bit vague and too general. Clearly all birds (let alone life on this planet) depend on water, but even if we just look at the variety […]

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San Francisco Bay recognized as ‘Wetland of International Importance’

February 1st, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, S.F. Bay

Confirming its vital role in the natural health of the hemisphere, San Francisco Bay/Estuary has been designated a “Wetland of International Importance” under the Convention on Wetlands, also known as the Ramsar Convention. San Francisco Bay is home to more than 1,000 species of mammals, birds, invertebrates and more than 130 species of fish – […]

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Bird deaths on the decline at Altamont

January 30th, 2013 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird conservation, S.F. Bay, Wind power

If you’ve been following this issue, you know that the Altamont Pass wind energy farm has long been a black eye on the alternative energy industry because of the massive numbers of birds that are killed in the turbines. The fight against this outrage has been led by Golden Gate Audubon and a coalition of […]

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San Francisco Bay’s first big herring run is a treat for birds and birders

January 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon California, S.F. Bay, seabirds

A few of us from Audubon California went out to the San Francisco Bay shoreline this morning to check out perhaps the first big herring run of the season. Our first visit was Agua Vista Park, where the fish were plentiful, much to the delight of birds and fishermen alike. Check out the video our […]

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Bird banding at Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

December 18th, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird videos, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, Uncategorized

We were at Richardson Bay to learn what scientists look for when they have a bird in hand. Banding is a critical part of bird conservation; it allows conservationists, like Kerry Wilcox in the video, the opportunity to study the lifespan of birds to determine what we need to do to help them.  Banding is […]

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Vaux’s Swifts light up the Pacific Flyway

November 14th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Audubon Center at Debs Park, Audubon Chapters, Birding, Pacific Flyway, S.F. Bay, Video, Wildlife photos and video

As natural wildlife spectacles go, it’s hard to beat the migration of the Vaux’s Swift (Vaux’s rhymes with Foxes). By itself an unglamorous gray bird, the Vaux’s Swift becomes  the stuff of psychedelic imagination when it groups with thousands churning and swirling friends. As it moves southward in the fall, it roosts by the thousands […]

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Fall update on Aramburu Island restoration

October 10th, 2012 · Comments Off · Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, seabirds

By Rachel Spadafore, Restoration Ecologist, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary Over the spring and summer, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary staff worked hard to use hand-pulling and saline irrigation (safe and effective methods) to battle the high number of invasive species on the island.  We also collected a variety of seeds from native plants […]

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