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Egging on Sea Duck Recovery: Scientists testing new method for boosting waterbird populations in Richardson Bay

November 24th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

In an effort to find new ways to support the spectacular waterbirds of San Francisco Bay, ecologists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are working with the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary to test out a potentially new way to provide food for declining Surf Scoters, a large sea duck that was once much […]

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Celebrate World Oceans Day

June 8th, 2014 · Comments Off · Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay, seabirds

Guest post by Jordan Wellwood, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary The first time I remember seeing a Surf Scoter it was living up to its name. I couldn’t tell if it was playing or feeding, but it was in the surf on the north shore of Drakes Estero in Point Reyes National Seashore, and […]

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Bay area kids turn out in force to support ocean conservation and birds

May 20th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Nature education and activities, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, S.F. Bay

More than 800 students from San Francisco and Marin County schools came to the rescue of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach this morning. They had already learned about the ocean, watersheds, how important it is to keep them clean and healthy (no matter where they live), and their own impact on the marine environment. This morning, […]

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Killing of Bay Area chicks in nest highlights importance of not trimming trees in spring

May 7th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, S.F. Bay

Credit to our friends at the Golden Gate Audubon Society for alerting us to this terrible story out of Oakland. On Saturday, tree trimmers hired by the downtown Post Office to trim trees not only broke down nests with chicks, but actually apparently fed several nests with chicks into a wood chipper. The birds in […]

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Spring birds in San Francisco

April 30th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Brigid McCormack, S.F. Bay, spring migration

Audubon California Executive Director has an audio piece on the San Francisco NPR affiliate KQED about spring birds in the city. It starts with an anecdote about seeing a Townsend’s Warbler at her local BART station. Check it out. (photo of a Townsend’s Warbler by Marcel Holyoak) Share on Facebook

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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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