At Oakland’s Christmas Bird Count, 177 species in 177-square miles
by Ilana DeBare via Berkeleyside on December 19, 2012
Maureen Lahiff treks across the UC campus every weekday for her job as a public health lecturer.
Last Sunday, she made that trek again but saw the campus in a whole new light – as a place brimming with birds. Lahiff was among 200 volunteers taking part in the 72nd annual Oakland Christmas Bird Count, run by the Golden Gate Audubon Society.
Part of a national Audubon tradition, the Oakland count covers a 177-square mile circle that stretches north to Point Isabel and south to the Oakland Airport. Five of the count’s 29 teams were assigned to sections of Berkeley, including the waterfront, Claremont Canyon, Tilden Park, UC, and central Berkeley.