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NYT article quote (not banned, just combine with errands and keep distance)

M. Maloney
 


"Officials emphasized that the orders did not bar residents from leaving their homes, and they encouraged people to take walks, as long as they stay six feet apart, and visit grocery stores."

Finding warblers, etc., is as essential to me as procuring groceries - especially now - so I was heartened to see the above quote.

And of course, birding is something we can absolutely do while keeping a good distance, so there's that, thank goodness.

In fortitude,

Michelle

Oakland, CA



On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 9:03 PM Peter Rauch <peterar@...> wrote:
What is "get necessary health care" ?   Why, that's birding alone, isn't it?


On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 7:59 PM Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
So it looks like, under the new statewide Stay Home order, that birding is now not permitted in California. The order states that California residents must stay home except to “get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to essential jobs.” Unlike in the Bay Area shelter-in-place orders, this statewide order does not make an exception for outdoor activities. 


From what I’ve heard, this or something like it will last for 3 months, possibly be lifted in July and August, then resume in the fall and last through winter. 

Noah Arthur (Oakland)



Re: Birding is now prohibited in California

Michaela F.
 

Birding is not banned.  Going to public parks is not banned.  Stay 6 feet away from other people and you’ll be fine.  

Michaela


On Mar 19, 2020, at 9:03 PM, Peter Rauch <peterar@...> wrote:


What is "get necessary health care" ?   Why, that's birding alone, isn't it?


On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 7:59 PM Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
So it looks like, under the new statewide Stay Home order, that birding is now not permitted in California. The order states that California residents must stay home except to “get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to essential jobs.” Unlike in the Bay Area shelter-in-place orders, this statewide order does not make an exception for outdoor activities. 


From what I’ve heard, this or something like it will last for 3 months, possibly be lifted in July and August, then resume in the fall and last through winter. 

Noah Arthur (Oakland)



Re: Birding is now prohibited in California

Peter Rauch
 

What is "get necessary health care" ?   Why, that's birding alone, isn't it?


On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 7:59 PM Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
So it looks like, under the new statewide Stay Home order, that birding is now not permitted in California. The order states that California residents must stay home except to “get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to essential jobs.” Unlike in the Bay Area shelter-in-place orders, this statewide order does not make an exception for outdoor activities. 


From what I’ve heard, this or something like it will last for 3 months, possibly be lifted in July and August, then resume in the fall and last through winter. 

Noah Arthur (Oakland)


Re: Birding is now prohibited in California

Ken Copen
 

It's not banned. I'll be out looking for early migrants this Saturday. 

"The mandate is identical to the one in the Bay Area, meaning individuals can also leave their houses to take a walk or go for a jog so long as they are practicing the requisite precautions when coming into contact with another individual."





On Thursday, March 19, 2020, 08:43:55 PM PDT, Shaddi Hasan <shaddih@...> wrote:


I don't think it's banned. The governor mentioned exercise and dog walking during his press conference, and the actual text of the order (https://covid19.ca.gov/img/N-33-20.pdf) is somewhat vague on what is authorized: "Californians must have access to such necessities as...".

Shaddi Hasan

On Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 8:16 PM Mike Azevedo via Groups.Io <geochelone=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
It's hard to tell if this article came out hours before or after the governor's mandate.  But it clearly says the parks are open for outdoor use, with clear guidelines to stay away from groups.


Mike Azevedo


-----Original Message-----
From: Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: East Bay Birds <ebb-sightings@groups.io>; North Bay Birds <northbaybirds@groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 19, 2020 7:59 pm
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Birding is now prohibited in California

So it looks like, under the new statewide Stay Home order, that birding is now not permitted in California. The order states that California residents must stay home except to “get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to essential jobs.” Unlike in the Bay Area shelter-in-place orders, this statewide order does not make an exception for outdoor activities. 


From what I’ve heard, this or something like it will last for 3 months, possibly be lifted in July and August, then resume in the fall and last through winter. 

Noah Arthur (Oakland)


Re: Birding is now prohibited in California

Shaddi Hasan
 

I don't think it's banned. The governor mentioned exercise and dog walking during his press conference, and the actual text of the order (https://covid19.ca.gov/img/N-33-20.pdf) is somewhat vague on what is authorized: "Californians must have access to such necessities as...".

Shaddi Hasan


On Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 8:16 PM Mike Azevedo via Groups.Io <geochelone=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
It's hard to tell if this article came out hours before or after the governor's mandate.  But it clearly says the parks are open for outdoor use, with clear guidelines to stay away from groups.


Mike Azevedo


-----Original Message-----
From: Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: East Bay Birds <ebb-sightings@groups.io>; North Bay Birds <northbaybirds@groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 19, 2020 7:59 pm
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Birding is now prohibited in California

So it looks like, under the new statewide Stay Home order, that birding is now not permitted in California. The order states that California residents must stay home except to “get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to essential jobs.” Unlike in the Bay Area shelter-in-place orders, this statewide order does not make an exception for outdoor activities. 


From what I’ve heard, this or something like it will last for 3 months, possibly be lifted in July and August, then resume in the fall and last through winter. 

Noah Arthur (Oakland)


Re: Birding is now prohibited in California

Bev
 

Thank you for the updates.  I hope we won't be arrested for going into nature. I'm seeing friends seriously depressed, with the few who got outside in nature suddenly much better. Suicide is a concern for many, as is an increase in murder among people trapped at home. I don't want to sound morbid but it's a real worry if people are literally terrified to leave their homes, especially for women in abusive situations.

Birding and being in nature is a perfect antidote for so much stress as well as good for the immune system.

Plus I can't imagine dog-owners without yards staying inside....

But we need to warnings to be clear because people are already panicked.

Bev


-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Azevedo via Groups.Io <geochelone@...>
To: EBB-Sightings <EBB-Sightings@groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 19, 2020 8:16 pm
Subject: Re: [EBB-Sightings] Birding is now prohibited in California

It's hard to tell if this article came out hours before or after the governor's mandate.  But it clearly says the parks are open for outdoor use, with clear guidelines to stay away from groups.


Mike Azevedo


-----Original Message-----
From: Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta@...>
To: East Bay Birds <ebb-sightings@groups.io>; North Bay Birds <northbaybirds@groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 19, 2020 7:59 pm
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Birding is now prohibited in California

So it looks like, under the new statewide Stay Home order, that birding is now not permitted in California. The order states that California residents must stay home except to “get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to essential jobs.” Unlike in the Bay Area shelter-in-place orders, this statewide order does not make an exception for outdoor activities. 


From what I’ve heard, this or something like it will last for 3 months, possibly be lifted in July and August, then resume in the fall and last through winter. 

Noah Arthur (Oakland)


Re: Birding is now prohibited in California

Mike Azevedo
 

It's hard to tell if this article came out hours before or after the governor's mandate.  But it clearly says the parks are open for outdoor use, with clear guidelines to stay away from groups.


Mike Azevedo


-----Original Message-----
From: Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta@...>
To: East Bay Birds <ebb-sightings@groups.io>; North Bay Birds <northbaybirds@groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Mar 19, 2020 7:59 pm
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Birding is now prohibited in California

So it looks like, under the new statewide Stay Home order, that birding is now not permitted in California. The order states that California residents must stay home except to “get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to essential jobs.” Unlike in the Bay Area shelter-in-place orders, this statewide order does not make an exception for outdoor activities. 


From what I’ve heard, this or something like it will last for 3 months, possibly be lifted in July and August, then resume in the fall and last through winter. 

Noah Arthur (Oakland)


Birding is now prohibited in California

Noah Arthur
 

So it looks like, under the new statewide Stay Home order, that birding is now not permitted in California. The order states that California residents must stay home except to “get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to essential jobs.” Unlike in the Bay Area shelter-in-place orders, this statewide order does not make an exception for outdoor activities. 


From what I’ve heard, this or something like it will last for 3 months, possibly be lifted in July and August, then resume in the fall and last through winter. 

Noah Arthur (Oakland)


Valle Vista, Moraga, Good birds this week

Donald Lewis
 

82 species have been reported to eBird this week at Valle Vista, accessed from the VV Staging Area, Moraga. I saw/heard 58 species this morning. Best birds for me were a male-female pair of HOODED MERGANSERS seen in the creek below the bridge and 3 WOOD DUCKS seen from the bridge.

 

There were several birders enjoying the morning and quite a few families escaping the house. All seemed happy to be out.

 

If you’re not familiar with Valle Vista, now is a good time to give yourself a treat. Easy walking, varied habitat including woods, meadow, and lake. MDAS had to cancel the bird walk there scheduled for tomorrow but you can go by yourself (EBMUD permit required).

 

Don Lewis

Lafayette, CA

 

 


--
Don Lewis
Lafayette


Red crossbills continuing

Jerry Britten
 

They have been coming to the suet and sunflower seed feeders today.  I was able to get some better photos.  Ebird checklist here  https://ebird.org/checklist/S65984706
includes another photo of the oddly-plumaged nuthatch.  Also FOS Bullock's Oriole today.
Jerry Britten
Morgan Territory


Pt. Richmond - singing Hermit Thrush

Melani King
 

While walking my dog during this weird time of shelter-in-place I heard a Hermit Thrush very quietly singing from a large bush. What a lovely distraction! I think it may possibly be practicing its song. I was able to record it using my iPhone. The audio has been amplified. Posted in my eBird report. https://ebird.org/checklist/S65981793

Melani King
Pt. Richmond


Re: housebound birding

Todd Easterla
 

Oops! Please reply off of this list serve privately.

 

Graci

 

 

From: EBB-Sightings@groups.io [mailto:EBB-Sightings@groups.io] On Behalf Of Todd Easterla
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 10:38 PM
To: EBB-Sightings@groups.io
Subject: Re: [EBB-Sightings] housebound birding

 

Noah,

 

Where are you going to be stationed these days my boy? I need your address as Lisa accidentally threw out your address. IOWA?

 

Todd

 

From: EBB-Sightings@groups.io [mailto:EBB-Sightings@groups.io] On Behalf Of Noah Arthur via Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 12:22 PM
To: EBB-Sightings@groups.io
Subject: Re: [EBB-Sightings] housebound birding

 

Again... outdoor recreation is specifically allowed according to the official Alameda Co. shelter in place order, and is presumably the same in other counties. So birding is one of the few things that you are still allowed to leave the house for. 

 

Noah 

 

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 10:15:14 AM PDT, Rev. Lois Hoy via Groups.Io <revdmother@...> wrote:

 

 

if you can't be out observing, explore.org has wonderful wildlife cams so one can watch Great Horned Owls and Bald Eagles on their nests right now


Re: housebound birding

Todd Easterla
 

Noah,

 

Where are you going to be stationed these days my boy? I need your address as Lisa accidentally threw out your address. IOWA?

 

Todd

 

From: EBB-Sightings@groups.io [mailto:EBB-Sightings@groups.io] On Behalf Of Noah Arthur via Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 12:22 PM
To: EBB-Sightings@groups.io
Subject: Re: [EBB-Sightings] housebound birding

 

Again... outdoor recreation is specifically allowed according to the official Alameda Co. shelter in place order, and is presumably the same in other counties. So birding is one of the few things that you are still allowed to leave the house for. 

 

Noah 

 

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 10:15:14 AM PDT, Rev. Lois Hoy via Groups.Io <revdmother@...> wrote:

 

 

if you can't be out observing, explore.org has wonderful wildlife cams so one can watch Great Horned Owls and Bald Eagles on their nests right now


possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

David Robinson <dvdrobinson@...>
 

At around 6:30pm, on the southern grounds of Oakland's Highland Hospital (south of the old main hospital building, which is now fenced off), I saw a sapsucker perched vertically on an upper branch of one of the tallest trees. I saw it with my binoculars, in profile, for about 5 seconds. It had a clearly visible, vertical white wing patch. The face seemed to have more white than a Red-naped has. But the bird flew off before I could get a closer/longer look.


David Robinson


Re: First - Red Crossbills in my yard

Steve Huckabone <shuckabone@...>
 

That’s a pretty cool yard bird!

Sent from Xfinity Connect App



------ Original Message ------

From: Jerry Britten
To: EBB-sightings
Sent: March 18, 2020 at 4:26 PM
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] First - Red Crossbills in my yard

Stepped outside this afternoon to an unfamiliar call, and saw red crossbills foraging on valley oak catkins in my yard.  Later they dropped down to feed on the ground under our sunflower seed feeder.  7 total, got some photos while they were on the ground.  First time in the 15 years I've lived here that I've seen this species here.  Not a conifer on our property so it was quite surprising.  No idea what subspecies.  Ebird checklist with photos here  https://ebird.org/checklist/S65954490
Jerry Britten
Morgan Territory


Re: Bullock's Oriole - Contra Loma R. P., Antioch - 3/18

Herb and Randi Long
 

How wonderful to get out. Thanks for sharing.

Randi and Herb

On Mar 18, 2020, at 5:25 PM, Paul Schorr <pkschorr@comcast.net> wrote:

This afternoon Nancy and I spent about two hours walking at Contra Loma Regional Park. It was a very pleasant day before spring. The dark gray clouds hung low over the recently refreshed green hillsides and a chorus of Western Meadowlarks seemed to announce the arrival of a new season. Note: the road into Contra Loma is closed, but parking is available just outside the gate. Drinking fountains are turned off and bathrooms are closed.

Near the bridge to Loma Island, we first heard and then Nancy spotted a stunning male Bullock’s Oriole. We both had good looks at this FOS bird.

Additional notable sightings included:

A pair of Killdeer with one bird on the nest and two eggs showing, so soon we expect a full clutch of four eggs.
Osprey
White-tailed Kite
American White Pelican (10)
Common Gallinule

Happy and safe birding.

Paul Schorr
Antioch


Bullock's Oriole - Contra Loma R. P., Antioch - 3/18

Paul Schorr
 

This afternoon Nancy and I spent about two hours walking at Contra Loma Regional Park. It was a very pleasant day before spring. The dark gray clouds hung low over the recently refreshed green hillsides and a chorus of Western Meadowlarks seemed to announce the arrival of a new season. Note: the road into Contra Loma is closed, but parking is available just outside the gate. Drinking fountains are turned off and bathrooms are closed.

Near the bridge to Loma Island, we first heard and then Nancy spotted a stunning male Bullock’s Oriole. We both had good looks at this FOS bird.

Additional notable sightings included:

A pair of Killdeer with one bird on the nest and two eggs showing, so soon we expect a full clutch of four eggs.
Osprey
White-tailed Kite
American White Pelican (10)
Common Gallinule

Happy and safe birding.

Paul Schorr
Antioch


Re: park access

Lee Aurich
 

Following is the EBRPD official announcement from this morning.

From: East Bay Regional Park District <pubaffs@...>
Subject: Parks & Trails Remain Open; Building Facilities Closed
Date: March 18, 2020 at 10:24:56 AM PDT
Reply-To: pubaffs@...

PARKS AND TRAILS OPEN TO PUBLIC
Building Facilities Closed Through April 7, 2020 
Parks Make Life Better

The health and safety of the public and our staff is our top priority. A “Shelter in Place” order has been issued through Tuesday, April 7, 2020 for six Bay Area counties – San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, and Alameda – prohibiting non-essential business and directing residents to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible.

Based on the “Shelter in Place” order, and by an emergency order of East Bay Regional Park District General Manager, for the health and safety of the public and our employees, Park District environmental education centers, visitor centers, and many of our developed public facilities, including bathrooms, water fountains, and other amenities, are temporarily closed. All Regional Trails are open.

Per the “Shelter in Place” order, outdoor activity is allowed, such as walking, hiking, and running - as long as specific social distancing requirements are followed. Studies show outdoor activity benefits physical health and helps reduce stress and anxiety.

If you do visit a trail in a Regional Park, please follow all Social Distancing Requirements and bring water and hand sanitizer. Due to minimal staffing, bathrooms and water fountains will not be available. Additionally, please do not congregate in parking lots or at trailheads per the “Shelter in Place” social distancing requirements.

“Shelter in Place” Order Social Distancing Requirements: 
  • Maintain at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals 
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible, or use hand sanitizer 
  • Cover coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands) 
  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces 
  • Not shaking hands 

We understand the closure of building facilities and amenities may be challenging. Together we can get through this difficult period and ask our visitors to follow all guidelines. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  

Temporary closure of some Regional Parks was necessary on Tuesday, March 17, due to limited staffing and to address the “Shelter in Place” order. 

The COVID-19 health emergency is an unprecedented and evolving situation. Please be aware, additional precautions and closures may be necessary.

Please see the FAQ below to answer your most immediate questions. 

Can I visit Regional Parks? 
Yes, however, only trails will be open for use. All building facilities will be closed, including bathrooms, water fountains, and other amenities. Visitors must follow “Shelter in Place” order social distancing requirements (see above). 

What building facilities and amenities are closed? 
Building Facilities: Bathrooms, Water Fountains, Visitor Centers and Facilities, Indoor Rental Facilities, Campgrounds, and Swim Facilities. 

Visitors Centers/Facilities: Ardenwood Historic Farm (Fremont), Big Break Visitor Center (Oakley), Black Diamond Mines Visitor Center (Antioch), Coyote Hills Visitor Center (Fremont), Crown Beach Crab Cove Visitor Center (Alameda), Garin Barn (Hayward), Sunol Visitor Center (Sunol), Tilden Botanic Garden (Berkeley), Tilden Environmental Education Center (Berkeley), Little Farm (Berkeley). 

All Indoor Rental Facilities: Brazilian Room at Tilden Park (Berkeley), Shoreline Room at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline (Oakland), Fern Cottage at Kennedy Grove (El Sobrante), Beach House at Lake Temescal (Oakland). 

All Campgrounds: Anthony Chabot and Del Valle 

All Swim Facilities: Contra Loma, Cull Canyon, Don Castro, Castle Rock, Lake Anza at Tilden, Lake Temescal, Shadow Cliffs, Robert’s Regional Park, Quarry Lakes 

What can I expect when visiting a Regional Park during the “Shelter in Place” Order? 
Visitors can expect buildings, bathrooms, and water fountains to be closed. There will also be no trash collection, so we are asking all visitors to pack out all trash they bring into Regional Parks (Pack it in, Pack it out). Visitors may also see fewer Park District staff in parks. The Park District will be at minimally required staffing levels while the “Shelter in Place” order is in effect. 

What parks are affected? 
All Regional Parks are affected by the closure of building facilities and amenities. Trails remain open in the following parks.  
Anthony Chabot 
Antioch/Oakley 
Bay Point 
Big Break 
Bishop Ranch 
Black Diamond Mines 
Briones 
Brushy Peak 
Camp Arroyo 
Carquinez Strait 
Castle Rock 
Claremont Canyon 
Contra Loma 
Coyote Hills 
Crockett Hills 
Crown Beach 
Cull Canyon 
Del Valle 
Diablo Foothills
Don Castro 
Dry Creek Pioneer 
Dublin Hills 
Five Canyons 
Garin 
Hayward Regional Shoreline 
Huckleberry Botanic 
Kennedy Grove 
Lake Chabot 
Las Trampas 
Leona Canyon 
Little Hills 
Martin Luther King Jr. 
McLaughlin Eastshore 
Miller/Knox 
Mission Peak 
Morgan Territory 
Ohlone 
Oyster Bay 
Pleasanton Ridge 
Point Isabel 
Point Pinole 
Quarry Lakes 
Radke Martinez 
Reinhardt Redwood 
Roberts 
Round Valley 
San Pablo Bay  
Shadow Cliffs 
Sibley 
Sobrante Ridge 
Sunol 
Sycamore Valley 
Temescal 
Tilden 
Vargas Plateau 
Waterbird 
Wildcat Canyon 
For up-to-date information, visit ebparks.org/coronavirus
For emergencies, call 9-1-1
For non-emergencies, call 510-881-1833
 East Bay Regional Park District |1 (888) EBPARKS info@... www.ebparks.org



On Mar 18, 2020, at 3:19 PM, John Harris <johnh@...> wrote:

Hi birders,
Today I heard on KCBS that some east bay reservoirs were being closed. Anybody know more about that? Specifically I was wondering about Los Vaqueros, Del Valle, and Bethany.
This is maybe a little out of the area, but since these places are popular with Bay area birders, I'll report that:
Cosumnes Preserve parking lots and trails are open. Nice there today, just a little rain.
Frank Raines Park in Del Puerto Canyon is closed. This wouldn't have a lot of impact on someone birding the canyon, but eliminates a bathroom stop.
John Harris
Oakdale



First - Red Crossbills in my yard

Jerry Britten
 

Stepped outside this afternoon to an unfamiliar call, and saw red crossbills foraging on valley oak catkins in my yard.  Later they dropped down to feed on the ground under our sunflower seed feeder.  7 total, got some photos while they were on the ground.  First time in the 15 years I've lived here that I've seen this species here.  Not a conifer on our property so it was quite surprising.  No idea what subspecies.  Ebird checklist with photos here  https://ebird.org/checklist/S65954490
Jerry Britten
Morgan Territory


park access

John Harris
 

Hi birders,
Today I heard on KCBS that some east bay reservoirs were being closed. Anybody know more about that? Specifically I was wondering about Los Vaqueros, Del Valle, and Bethany.
This is maybe a little out of the area, but since these places are popular with Bay area birders, I'll report that:
Cosumnes Preserve parking lots and trails are open. Nice there today, just a little rain.
Frank Raines Park in Del Puerto Canyon is closed. This wouldn't have a lot of impact on someone birding the canyon, but eliminates a bathroom stop.
John Harris
Oakdale

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