For some folks, just going out and hiking a trail doesn’t compete with smart phones and laptops, Facebook and video games. But what if exploring a park meant using a high-tech gadget to search for hidden treasure? That’s the idea behind the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s new Preserve Circuit Geo-Challenge.
Seeing a snowy egret along the Bay shore is certainly not news. But bird rescue volunteer Cindy Margulis watches them anyway, and a few weeks ago she noticed one with a band whose number she could read. Suddenly, an anonymous egret revealed itself to be a bird she’d helped rehab and rescue a year ago.
When the LA Times was looking to do a story about the perils of wind energy for birds, including condors near the Tehachapi Mountains, they traveled north to visit Doug Bell and Joe DiDonato, who have spent decades studying raptor fatalities at the wind turbines at Altamont Pass. Last week, I got to head out into the field to see how this work is done.
After months of protests from local environmental activists and some government officials, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is reopening the public comment period for part of the controversial Niles Canyon Improvement Safety Project on Highway 84 east of Fremont. Comments will now be taken through July 7.
For the third year in a row, San Francisco State University Professor Gretchen LeBuhn is helping thousands of people pitch in on a major research effort to count bees all across the country. This year, they are gearing up for the Great Bee Count. It’s not till July, but now’s a good time to get seeds in the ground so you’ll be ready!