Tag Archives: East Bay Regional Park District
The abandoned chickens appeared one afternoon in December, in the parking lot near Tilden Park’s Little Farm. Nine of them, right next to the bus stop. Whoever dumped them had sprinkled feed on the ground, and apparently hoped the Little Farm would adopt them. Not so.
“It’s as much as I can do to keep these animals clean, alive and fed,” said the man known as Farmer Stanley, gesturing to the chickens, cows, sheep and pigs he has taken care of at the farm for more than a decade.
At least two of those abandoned chickens became dinner for the local wildlife, judging by the piles of feathers found on the ground, said park staff. They think – or at least hope – that some of the chickens were adopted, in response to an ad posted, because a bunch disappeared all at once.
The month before the chicken-drop, it was a white bunny, left in a cage at the same spot. Last summer there were five kittens. … Continue reading »
Residents in the Berkeley hills have asked East Bay Regional Park District if it would consider closing a road used by migrating newts earlier than usual, after early rains have brought out the newts and many are being run over by cars.
“With the recent rains, the newts are out in force and are being slaughtered,” said Cindy Fulton who lives on Park Hills Road on Thursday. She said on Tuesday evening a neighbor counted 19, 14 of which had been run over.
The neighbor, Alan Shabel, took a photo of one of the newts (above) which was accompanied by a Ensatina salamander.
South Park Drive in Tilden Park is closed every year between Nov. 1 and April 1 to allow the migrating Taricha tarosa, the California newt, to safely cross the road. The closure does not always correspond precisely with when the newts begin their migration, however. Fulton said last year she and her husband, Stefan Carrieri, observed newts on their journeys as late as May and June. … Continue reading »
The body of a man was discovered by a hiker in Tilden Park on Friday, September 7 at around 8 a.m. There was a gunshot wound to the man’s head and the East Bay Regional Parks public safety department said they believe it was a death by suicide. The body was found near the Orchard Picnic Area off Brook Road, south of the Tilden Park Merry Go-Around. The case is under investigation and awaiting a coroner’s report, according to an EBRP spokesperson.
This year marks the 100th birthday of the menagerie carousel in Tilden Park and the public is invited to celebrate the anniversary on Saturday August 13th.
The merry go round was built in 1911 by the Herschell-Spillman Company of North Tonawanda, New York for one Ross Davis. It did duty in San Bernardino County, San Diego, and Griffith Park in Los Angeles before finding its permanent home in Berkeley in 1948.
Ross’s son and daughter-in-law, John and Janet Davis, owned and operated the … Continue reading »
The East Bay Regional Park District still has scholarships (“camperships”) available for its summer day camps — and it is keen to ensure they all get claimed by under-resourced families.
The camps include Little Farm and Junior Lifeguards camps at Tilden Regional Park, as well as swim lessons at Roberts Park in Oakland.
The photographs here demonstrate just how much fun kids can have spending time in Berkeley’s great outdoors.
Financial aid is available for qualifying families. Applications … Continue reading »
[Update, 11:05pm: The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the driver of the car was 53-year-old James Wright of El Cerrito who had been reported missing by his family on Monday. Wright was conscious and calm when he was found by Park Ranger Dave Flores and is in remarkably good condition.]
[Upate, 04.30.11: A comment left by a reader who is close to James Wright confirms that the accident happened on Monday morning which means Wright was in the car for four days. "Jim … Continue reading »