Over 320 people signed up for the 77th annual Oakland Christmas Bird Count which uncovered some species in Berkeley that are rare in the Bay Area.
Fledgling peregrine falcon Lux, one of two chicks born on UC Berkeley’s Campanile in May, died Tuesday after flying into a window on the 10th floor of Evans Hall on campus.
'Fledglings fly well, but land badly,' warns a raptor nest monitor. So the Campanile peregrine chicks will have an army of volunteers on fledgewatch.
Peregrine falcons are the fastest animal in the world. They were also once nearly extinct. Meet the Cal Campanile’s first-known peregrine falcon family.
A citizen group the and Berkeley-based Golden Gate Audubon recently published a bird survey of the Bulb and Neck that found about 90 species use the 33-acre area.
A rare burrowing owl was found dead recently at Berkeley’s Cesar Chavez Park, raising some concern in the community.
By Rubi Abrams
SHOTGUN’S BLAST FESTIVAL Berkeley’s Shotgun Players have launched a new festival, BLAST, with the goal of “exploding the limits of possibility in theater.” The intention is for BLAST to be an annual celebration of difference — a month-long festival of new ideas and visions. “BLAST aims to explode the boundaries of the stage with performances by local and national theater artists. We think life is dynamic, changing, ephemeral, strange, and beautiful. Theater should be too,” says the theater. On Saturday and Sunday you can see My Mind is Like an Open Meadow, by Portland’s Hand2Mouth ensemble. A mixture of lighting, pre-recorded voice, music, dance and scenery, the piece is based on one year’s worth of recordings Erin Leddy made of her fascinating grandmother, actress Sarah Braveman (watch the trailer). BLAST runs through March 6 at the Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave. Free parking in the Ashby BART parking. Tickets: $15 advance/$20 door. Blast Pack tickets available for multiple performances. See full program at Shotgun Players’ website. (more…)
Berkeley is less quirky today than it was a week ago. The gods and goddesses of quirk shed a tear. Three years in the leaving, Mike Parayno has now completed his move from Berkeley to the Philippines, maintaining Bay Area ties with the Birdland Jazzista Social Club at 4318 MLK Way, Oakland. According to Parayno, the building is now on the market and his famous birdhouse truck has been sold. (Read more about Parayno and Birdland in previous Berkeleyside coverage.) (more…)
Emilie Strauss peered across Lake Anza and divided up the watery territory by species. “David is counting coots, Mark is doing mallards, who wants to do Pied-billed Grebes?” she called out.
Have you ever had one of those days in which everything sparkles?
The Bay Area’s welcome rainstorms let up for 24 hours on Sunday Dec. 14… just long enough for more than 200 birders to have a fabulous Oakland Christmas Bird Count.