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At Oakland’s Christmas Bird Count, 177 species in 177-square miles

December 19, 2012 by Ilana DeBare via Berkeleyside

177 species was a normal year's count at Audubon Society's 2012 Christmas Bird Count in Oakland. But there were nevertheless some pleasant surprises: hermit warblers, a snow goose and a Ross's goose.

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Burrowing owls, and docents, return to Berkeley marina

February 17, 2012 by Ilana DeBare via Berkeleyside

This year, five burrowing owls have been documented at the Berkeley marina. The small ground-dwelling birds spend much of the day sitting alertly near their burrows, astonishingly close to all those humans with dogs, kites and strollers.

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