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Re: 4 snowy plovers + dogs

Janet Carpinelli
 

Corny and SF Crissy Ploverites and all
Would it be possible to approach our Crissy/Plovers contact at National Parks, Linda Neal, with our observations and suggestions? Perhaps she can help.
Janet


On Wed, Feb 10, 2021 at 3:52 PM Standley, William (Bill) G via groups.io <wstandley=blm.gov@groups.io> wrote:
As many others on this list, I am concerned about the impacts of dogs and other human-related disturbance to coastal wildlife, and through my job, I have been privileged to be part of a state-wide collaboration of individuals representing state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and local businesses, called the Respect Wildlife Campaign (https://respect-wildlife.org/). Our goals are to:

  - Raise awareness of the impact disturbance can have on wildlife;
  - Positively influence human behavior near wildlife;
  - Encourage and spread the word;
  - Engage existing and foster new partnerships, and
  - Unify existing wildlife protection communication and education.

This past year the Respect Wildlife Campaign has been successful in obtaining startup funding through the California Marine Protected Area Outreach and Education Small Grants Program to develop a social media campaign designed to inform and change human behavior in coastal environments, resulting in reduced human disturbance, and there are plans for a state-wide rollout. If anyone would like to get involved, please check out the web site and join the team!

Bill

Bill Standley
Natural Resource Specialist
California Coastal National Monument
USDI Bureau of Land Management
Central Coast Field Office
940 2nd Avenue
Marina, California  93933-6009
831-582-2220; wstandley@...
CCNM Website: www.blm.gov/ccnm


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From: SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io> on behalf of Alan Hopkins via groups.io <alanhopkins=att.net@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 11:10 AM
To: Siobhan Ruck; Andrew R
Cc: greylag64@...; Chrisand Lorelei; Pat Greene; SF Birds; Joel Perlstein; Dominik Mosur; Dario Taraborelli; margstan@...
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] 4 snowy plovers + dogs

Okay my two cents: I have been dealing with this issue since the 90s. To be quite frank the officials don't want to deal with the issue because they are terrified of a very strong pet lobby. This was escalated when Richard Avenzino was president of the SF SPCA, think of Trump and you will get a very good comparison to Avenzino. At one of many meetings I went to Avenzino spoke to a group of mostly off leash folks and I guess he felt like he could speak his mind. What he said was full of the lexicon of the Wise Use Movement, he implied that big government was taking over and sounded as though black helicopters were about to swoop down on dog owners and their rights were being stolen. He is gone but a lot of his thoughts are still adhered to by dog walkers. "This is a City and threatened and endangered species don't belong here" is a common theme. Next time you are out look at all the dog walkers as voters and and people who will raise a stink against any government person who wishes to enforce the leash law you'll see what the problem is.

BTW, The other day my friend Peter, a long time dog owner, said that he no longer lets his dog run wild on the beach after I explained the issue a few years ago.

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA
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On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 10:04:03 AM PST, Andrew R <reckersandrew@...> wrote:


We could definitely use more signs and fencing. The fencing, apart from the small chain link gate, is symbolic cable. In many places it simply rests on the sand.

One issue I have with the signs is comprehensibility. The sign on the fence itself, pictured below, says "Pets must be leashed all year except May 15 to July 1." The other, larger interpretive sign about 10 ft away (not pictured, behind me when I took the photo) explains the snowy plover situation, but then says something along the lines of "Snowy Plover season is from July 1 to May 15, and pets must be leashed during this time"

Perhaps it is my own denseness, but I found it tricky to immediately grasp which dates were allowed and which were not, due to the two different phrasings the signs use. If we must give dog owners 6 weeks of leash free time, it seems best to make it abundantly clear with the same phrasing repeated multiple times.

Of course, MUCH more clear would be signs simply saying dogs must be on leash in this area. Then you don't have to read the sentences thrice to determine if you happen to be in the 6 week grace period or not.



On Wed, Feb 10, 2021 at 9:34 AM Siobhan Ruck <ms.siobhan.ruck@...<mailto:ms.siobhan.ruck@...>> wrote:
During a previous debate over dogs in the parks, I wrote a Letter to the Editor (which the Chronicle published) saying simply:  Wild animals are not dog toys.

That’s the message we need to convey.

Siobhan Ruck

On Feb 10, 2021, at 8:52 AM, greylag64@...<mailto:greylag64@...> wrote:

I agree with Chrisand Lorelei. I have a friend who complained on her blog about the birds on Ocean Beach not allowing her dogs to have any fun for 9 months of the year. She thought the birds should just go elsewhere.
After I explained things to her, she said "I didn't know".
So the answer is education, one on one. We have to be willing to engage. It is hard to do when the reaction is negative.
I haven't been to Crissy Field in a while. Are there signs? Many places use signs painted by children. Is the fencing just that symbolic cable?
Maybe we need to give Jackie Speier a hands-on.

Laurie Graham
South San Francisco

On Tue, Feb 9, 2021, 18:57 Chrisand Lorelei <chrisandlorelei@...<mailto:chrisandlorelei@...>> wrote:
I've had bad experiences with dog people, and think the most successful attempts have been to say that THESE birds are migrating birds, and if they get chased, they'll starve. Dog people don't mean to be cruel: they just know it's natural for dogs to chase birds. And they don't know more, and don't like to get scolded and threatened with not being able to take their dogs out for necessary excercise. Some, when they hear about birds trying to migrate and survive, do get a clue, and understand that letting their dogs run should not include letting them chase birds. Rules only work when people understand that the rules make sense. Best wishes for explaining, maybe one person at a time.

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From: SFBirds@groups.io<mailto:SFBirds@groups.io> <SFBirds@groups.io<mailto:SFBirds@groups.io>> on behalf of Pat Greene <pjgreene@...<mailto:pjgreene@...>>
Sent: Saturday, February 6, 2021 12:59 PM
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Cc: Joel Perlstein <joelperl@...<mailto:joelperl@...>>; Dominik Mosur <polskatata@...<mailto:polskatata@...>>; Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@...<mailto:dario.taraborelli@...>>; margstan@...<mailto:margstan@...> <margstan@...<mailto:margstan@...>>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] 4 snowy plovers

The dog lobby is so well organized and well funded (including Jackie Speier who was able to threaten GGNRA funding) that they are able to drive the ‘rules’, —and then break whatever very weak rules exist.
Pat Greene


> On Feb 6, 2021, at 9:11 AM, Dominik Mosur via groups.io<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fgroups.io%2F&data=04%7C01%7Cwstandley%40blm.gov%7C8e49566cf9844742aa7b08d8cdf7a4cf%7C0693b5ba4b184d7b9341f32f400a5494%7C0%7C0%7C637485810806257925%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=wTYi3uEOhVDrQKn7D6TbxUGdq%2BV0jRu7xgPUMhC4Urc%3D&reserved=0> <polskatata=yahoo.com@groups.io<mailto:yahoo.com@groups.io>> wrote:
>
> SFBirders have been wondering the same for a couple of decades now.
>
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>> On Feb 6, 2021, at 08:57, Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@...<mailto:dario.taraborelli@...>> wrote:
>>
>> 
>> I’d love to know too. Every time I walk through the protected area on a sunny day I see 4-5 unleashed dogs on average. I politely tell their owners, and most reluctantly comply, but that lasts 15 minutes max.
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>>> On Feb 5, 2021, at 21:55, Joel Perlstein <joelperl@...<mailto:joelperl@...>> wrote:
>>>
>>> 
>>> Thanks for the info. I went on Thursday and saw two snowy plovers and many unleashed dogs.
>>>
>>> I asked one of the dog owners to leash their dog, but they did not do so.
>>>
>>>
>>> Is there anything we can do to get the National Park Service  to enforce its dog rules in the snowy plover protection areas, or to get them to just prohibit dogs in those areas?
>>> --
>>> Joel Perlstein
>>> San Francisco
>>>
>


















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Golden Gate Audubon Society
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Cinnamon Teal at Stow Lake

Mila Zinkova <Milazinkova@...>
 

Hello

Here are two videos I filmed at Stow Lake.
Not sure what is the bird in the second video



Mila.



Re: American bittern - Lake Merced

Rachel Lawrence
 

This morning just after 9am I was standing south of Gun Club Marsh on John Muir Drive,  where there is an open view of the reeds and lake before the willows start north of concrete Bridge. An American Bittern was flushed out the reeds and flew over the other side of the lake where it landed directly opposite in the reeds but was lost to view. The wind was pretty strong and the bird had difficulty crossing the lake which was good for me as I didn't have my camera out or turned on at the time
This is likely the same bird that Logan, Hugh and I have seen intermittently between November and now
Good Birding
Rachel


Cooper's hawks?

Mila Zinkova <Milazinkova@...>
 

I saw them mating, but was too late to film.


I also saw two ruddy ducks


Not sure how rare they are but I saw them only in Zoo before.

Everything at the North Lake in GGP.


GGP wild turkey wandering the Inner Sunset

Dario Taraborelli
 

Around 5:30 I witnessed the resident wild turkey of GGP cross Lincoln Way at rush hour (!!), make it past the heavy traffic unscathed, and head into the Sunset around 10th Ave. 

Dario


Cal Thrasher Mar 17

Dave Weber
 

California Thrasher continues at Candlestick RA. Toward end of the  peninsula,  north side, on hillside above second to last picnic area before end of point/restroom. Seen at 150 pm. Bird silent,  foraging in grass.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone


Bernal Area

Eddie Monson
 

Hi all,
Recently around Bernal Hill there have been some interesting hummingbirds around Esmeralda Slide Park. About a week ago a Rufous Hummingbird showed up and then yesterday a Annas x Selasphorus hybrid showed up. This bird looks very much like an Annas superficially but studying it reveals multiple details that make it a hybrid. These include, orange tail feathers, a more orangish hue to the gorget, orange axillaries, and orange lores. There is a Pride of Madeira bush in the park and after a little while, the hybrid flew to it and started feeding. These plants are great for hummingbirds in general and I am starting to see them bloom, and hummingbirds use them. Last spring a big patch of them at the Bernal Hill community garden produced many good hummers. Definitely check out these patches of Pride of Madeira patches if you have any near you. Other spring signs have been my first singing Townsend's and Orange crowned Warblers.
Eddie




Local Interest - Bald Eagle, Yellow Warbler, Tennessee Warbler and Bullock's Oriole

David Assmann
 

This morning, at Lake Merced, the BALD EAGLE was perched just north of the pistol range. The overwintering YELLOW WARBLER near the Boathouse is molting into a different plumage.  Between the Japanese Tea Garden and Stow Lake, the TENNESSEE WARBLER obliged a number of birders looking for it by perching and calling this morning.  At Fort Mason, the BULLOCK'S ORIOLE was in the Battery.  I haven't seen the Baltimore Oriole in a few days.  The overwintering NASHVILLE WARBLER was out in the open in the garden yesterday. The RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (ruber) was in its usual spot near the Tennis Courts yesterday, and another RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was in the garden.


Re: Bald Eagle still present Make Merced

Aaron Maizlish
 


So this Bald Eagle has been returning to the same Eucalyptus on and off for almost two months now since it was first reported by Hugh Cotter in January.  I’m not sure if it returns to the same perch each time or not - I’ve missed it twice, so it’s also spending time somewhere else (assuming its always the same bird.).  Birders and photographers should keep a keen eye open for any hint of an attempt at nest building.  I’m not saying that it is - but it seems to be a healthy adult and it is the season, and a suitable location.  A nesting attempt in San Francisco would certainly be historic.  And maybe SF Rec and Parks should be notified, if they’re not tracking it already, so they don’t do something shortsighted, like tree trimming...

Just a thought,

Aaron Maizlish



On Mar 15, 2021, at 11:49 AM, David Nelson <David@...> wrote:

As previously reported the adult Bald Eagle was still in the Eucalyptus trees across at 11:00 AM, across the lake, south of the boat house.

Good birding !

David W. Nelson







Bald Eagle still present Make Merced

David Nelson
 

As previously reported the adult Bald Eagle was still in the Eucalyptus trees across at 11:00 AM, across the lake, south of the boat house.

Good birding !

David W. Nelson


Re: Pheasant on friends’ deck

Michelle Spicher
 

Cool sighting ! The last time I saw a pheasant in SF was in the early 90's in GGP--north side of MLK , just east of the waterfall.

 


Bald eagle Lake Merced

Stefanie Arthur
 


Surprised to see mention on EBirds of "continuing" Bald Eagle at Lake Merced so I went to check & to my joy, yes, there is an adult Bald Eagle in the eucs at the shooting range on John Muir Dr, visible from the Boathouse parking lot area. Just scan the eucs across the lake & its unmistakable form will appear.

Stefanie Arthur
San Francisco


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Tennessee Warbler GGP

Peter Pyle
 

This morning at 0822 near small clearing NE of (below) Stow Lake.

More details and bad photo:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S83251573

Cheers, Peter


Workshops - Migration, Shorebirds, YouTube, LA Birders, etc.

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello all,

 

     There are a couple of workshops coming up, that some of you may be interested in and additional resources to spend time with during the evenings. Enjoy!  

 

  1. Migration and migrant land bird ID – Brought to you by SFBBO. Two classes, dates are March 16 and 18. I will be teaching this workshop which not only details how migration works, including how birds navigate and so forth. But also details some identification tips for of our warblers, thrushes etc. Note that scholarships are available for students of underrepresented groups. To register visit this site: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTA5NjU4
  2. Shorebirds!! – This workshop will attempt to simplify some aspects of shorebird identification, and will also tackle the widespread identification issues, such as peeps, dowitchers, yellowlegs, plovers and so forth. But we will also dip into some of the amazing breeding biology, migration and the relationships within the shorebirds. This workshop will be done in 4 classes, March 22, 25, 29 and April 1. To signup for this set of workshops do visit: https://www.alvarosadventures.com/events.html
  3. “Birding Your Best Life” YouTube channel – The latest addition is on bird shape. There are videos on using eBird photos, gulls, pelagics, hawk wing shapes, and yellowlegs so far. More will be coming. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuhv1H9IQCbTGD_gXd3qHwQ
  4. The LA Birders group has a set of ID oriented talks which some of you may not have been aware of. They also offer a membership to support the endeavor. https://www.labirders.org/webinars.html There is one coming up on sapsuckers, which I know have been troubling for folks in the Bay Area this winter.
  5. Coming soon – with friends, we have plans of creating a new birding podcast. This is coming together, the first has been recorded. When we go live, I shall let you all know.

 

Thanks to many of you for your kind words on past videos and workshops. I have been having a great time offering them. I am also learning a lot as I do them, and that has been super. If any of you have any ideas of other videos that could be created (dowitchers have been requested), or topics of interest, do let me know.

 

Good birding, and looking forward to pelagic season.  

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 


Re: Orioles at Children’s Garden @SFBG

Evleen
 

Hi Dario & Mike,
I was there this afternoon. The oriole was very active flying back and forth from a eucalyptus  at the north edge of the garden to some of the pines trees along and near the tall black fence on south side. On several occasions  another like-sized bird with similar but lighter coloring (female oriole?)  was flying along. 
Unfortunately and  much as I tried, i failed to get photos.  

Evleen



On Mar 10, 2021, at 17:26, Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@...> wrote:


It’s at the western end of the SF Botanical Garden (SFBG in short in the email subject). Looking up previous reports it looks like the Bullock’s is continuing and was previously reported by Mark Rauzon on 3/7.

On Mar 10, 2021, at 17:19, Mike Feighner <feinerVogel94551@...> wrote:


Please clarify where in San Francisco is the Children's Garden?  I never heard it mentioned in this group before.

Mike Correll-Feichtner,
Livermore



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@...>
Date: 3/10/21 4:44 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: SF Birds <SFBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SFBirds] Orioles at Children’s Garden @SFBG

The Orchard Oriole continues and is associating with a Bullock’s Oriole at the Children’s Garden right now.





Pheasant on friends’ deck

Aimee Goggins
 

Friends who live on the back side of Bernal posted this photo of what looks to be a ring-necked pheasant that has been hanging out on their deck for 3 hours this eve and doesn’t seem bothered by their presence.

I’ve never seen a pheasant here and they’d love any insight. Escapee, migrant blown off-course, are they resident in the wild in SF?

Thanks, Aimee


Re: Orioles at Children’s Garden @SFBG

Dario Taraborelli
 

It’s at the western end of the SF Botanical Garden (SFBG in short in the email subject). Looking up previous reports it looks like the Bullock’s is continuing and was previously reported by Mark Rauzon on 3/7.

On Mar 10, 2021, at 17:19, Mike Feighner <feinerVogel94551@...> wrote:


Please clarify where in San Francisco is the Children's Garden?  I never heard it mentioned in this group before.

Mike Correll-Feichtner,
Livermore



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@...>
Date: 3/10/21 4:44 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: SF Birds <SFBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SFBirds] Orioles at Children’s Garden @SFBG

The Orchard Oriole continues and is associating with a Bullock’s Oriole at the Children’s Garden right now.





Re: Orioles at Children’s Garden @SFBG

Mike Correll-Feichtner
 

Please clarify where in San Francisco is the Children's Garden?  I never heard it mentioned in this group before.

Mike Correll-Feichtner,
Livermore



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@...>
Date: 3/10/21 4:44 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: SF Birds <SFBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SFBirds] Orioles at Children’s Garden @SFBG

The Orchard Oriole continues and is associating with a Bullock’s Oriole at the Children’s Garden right now.





Orioles at Children’s Garden @SFBG

Dario Taraborelli
 

The Orchard Oriole continues and is associating with a Bullock’s Oriole at the Children’s Garden right now.


Sequoia Audubon March 11 Monthly Meeting

office@...
 

Avian Wonders of Morocco
John Sterling will share highlights from his tours adventures in Morocco. With its high mountains, high desert, low Sahara desert, agricultural plains, coastal lagoons, cork oak woodland, and coniferous forest, Morocco has much to offer to birds and birders. Home to several endemic bird species as well as North Africa species not readily seen elsewhere, it is also along the major migratory pathway for European migrants including shorebirds, raptors, songbirds, and others. Join us for this virtual tour of the country's birds, landscapes and culture.

John Sterling has been a very active birder since 1971 and a professional wildlife biologist since 1981.  He has traveled extensively throughout California learning about local bird distribution and has traveled internationally as a guide and ornithologist for many institutions to 30 countries including projects as a Smithsonian ornithologist to Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Sumatra, the Philippines, Canada and Russia.  John currently has his own company specializing in tours,  birding classes, research and environmental consulting.

Register: http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/meetings.html


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