10 Berkeley animal stories you didn’t want to miss in 2015

March 31. Chicks approximately 18 days old. Photo: Elaine Miller Bond
Diary of a hummingbird’s nest — one of 10 animal-related stories on Berkeleyside in 2015. You may also have caught a live presentation of the diary at the Uncharted Ideas Festival this year. Photo: Elaine Miller Bond

Berkeleyside reports many animal stories every year, and 2015 was no exception. Sometimes they are strange, such as the day in January when two boars’ heads popped up around town, or the night in June when a squirrel caused a massive power outage. Sometimes they are sad, like the time a couple hung up the body of a deer to make a point about off-leash dogs.

But, more often than not, they are heart-lifting and beautiful. This applies to all the wonderful stories created for us by wildlife photographer Elaine Miller Bond. In 2015, Miller Bond told us about the release of a golden eagle, a hummingbirds’ nest, jumping fish, and glorious clusters of monarch butterflies (a post that was shared more than 21,000 times on Facebook).

And the three-part tale, plus epilogue, by Leslie Smith, about the rescue of a neglected dog, dubbed the “barber’s dog,” was surely one of the most captivating stories of the year.

Below, we bring you 10 of our most widely read 2015 animal-related stories, presented in chronological order.


1. Flying high again: Golden eagle returns to East Bay skies

Photo: Elaine Miller Bond
Photo: Elaine Miller Bond

2. City acts after yellowjacket swarm attack in Berkeley park

Aerial view of Codornices showing the location of the swarm of yellowjackets that attacked several people, and at least one dog, today. Photo: Carter Tomasi
Photo: Carter Tomasi

3. Sweetness and light: Diary from a hummingbird’s nest 

April 3: Hummingbird chicks begging for food. Photo: Elaine Miller Bond
Photo: Elaine Miller Bond

4. Squirrel causes power outage for 45,000 in East Bay  

From Ohlone Park in Berkeley: This squirrel had just found a nut in a tree and buried it shortly afterwards. Photo: Derrick Coetzee
Photo: Derrick Coetzee

5. Goats swarm across road, stop traffic in the Berkeley Hills 

Goats still

6. Berkeley couple takes death of fawn into own hands

Fawn. Photo: Christian Stauduhar
Photo: Christian Stauduhar

7. First time observed: Hundreds of monarch butterflies cluster in Berkeley’s Aquatic Park

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Photo: Elaine Miller Bond

8. The barber’s dog: The tale of one woman’s bid to save a neglected dog: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Epilogue

Readers were captivated by our series on "the barber's dog." Photo: Leslie Smith
Photo: Leslie Smith

9.  Making a splash: Young fish jump in Berkeley’s Aquatic Park

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Photo: Elaine Miller Bond

10. Berkeley teams help make Oakland Christmas bird count the biggest in the world

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Photo: Alan Krakauer

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