San Francisco Considers Banning Pet Sales

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If it passes, San Francisco residents would have to go to a shelter or rescue group to adopt an animal. It would set a national precedent, even if it is San Francisco. Tags: california san francisco legislation pets Pet sales would be banned altogether, except for the sale of pet fish. All companion animals including dogs, cats, hamsters, mice, rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, and lizards would be considered as pets.

San Francisco Zoo Struggles After Tiger Attack

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Things have been tough at the San Francisco Zoo after Tatiana the Siberian tiger attacked those three people in 2007. From the San Francisco Chronicle. Tags: zoos california san francisco tigers Here's an article that explains the hard times the Zoo has faced since then. It's a long list. The attacks led to intense scrutiny from the city and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which threatened to yank the zoo's accreditation.

San Francisco – short of time and money.

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However, my latest trip reminded me that when an out-of-town birder arrives in a strange city (in this case San Francisco ) pertinent information should be to hand. Bus number 38 for example can be seen plying its route across San Francisco City from the northeast end of Market St, onto Geary and all the way to the ocean at Lands End (alternatively known as Point Lobos, Lincoln Park or Cliff House ). PDA version of Muni public transport services in San Francisco.

San Francisco Passes Anti-Foie Gras Resolution

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San Francisco supervisors have passed a resolution supporting city restaurants that remove foie gras from their menus. California will be banning that awful stuff in about three years. Foie gras is the liver of a duck or a goose that has been specially fattened by force feeding. I just find the whole description vile and gruesome.).

The Pacific Wren of the San Francisco Botanical Garden

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The air was cooler in the Redwood Grove than the surrounding, sunlit areas of the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Trips Birding San Francisco Botanical Garden travelThe light that did make it through the thick branches of the trees reached the ground in patches, making patterns on the thin, winding trails. My mom and I were visiting the gardens while we waited for my brother to get out of his classes at UC Berkeley.

A Marbled Godwit Foraging Near Seal Rock San Francisco

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References: 1 Birds of North America Online , Birds shorebirds San Francisco Black Turnstone Long-billed Curlew Black Oystercatcher Heermann's Gull Marbled Godwit Seal RockThe Marbled Godwit ( Limosa fedoa ) in the photo above, shown landing at Fort De Soto County Park in Pinellas County, Florida, is used with permission from my friend Mia McPherson of On The Wing Photography fame.

San Francisco To Have Bird-Safe Buildings?

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San Francisco is poised to join Toronto and Chicago as a major city with legislation meant to help protect birds from crashing into buildings. In related news, many fewer birds got confused by the “Tribute in Light&# for 9/11 this year. Asides

Farewell to 2020 – Marin Brewing Company: Albion Amber Ale

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My girlfriend (and later fiancée) Katherine and I had planned an eight-day vacation to the Bay Area, mostly to visit her sister in inland Napa County, but also to see as much of San Francisco as we could.

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San Francisco Giants Can’t Handle The Birds

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Perhaps the Giants should have stuck with Candlestick Park because AT&T Park has been beset by birds , gulls to be exact. The team is considering bringing in a falcon to drive away the unwanted visitors that pester patrons for food and drop, um, things, from above onto the heads of folks who just want to see a game. Hat-tip to long-time reader Meredith for the link. Asides

At Least Five Dead Whales Around Bay Area

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A Tale of Three Magnificent Frigatebirds (Two I help, one tries to kill me)

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I was working at the San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Center , where the bird was taken. Birds International Bird Rescue Magnificent Frigatebirds Monte Merrick oil spill birds Oiled Wildlife Care Network San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Center wildlife rehabilitatorToday’s post is written by Monte Merrick, wildlife rehabilitator and co-director of the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center/bird ally x in Arcata, CA.

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Birds Are Gumming Up the (Public) Works

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Meanwhile, on the opposite coast, Double-crested Cormorants are interfering with plans to tear down the old Bay Bridge between Oakland and San Francisco. News Conservation Double-crested Cormorant Fire Island Piping plovers public works San Francisco As bird lovers, we’re happy that laws exist to protect birds, and that people are especially looking after protected species. But sometimes, what’s best for the birds and what’s best for the humans collide.

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Beat on Assignment

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I moved to San Francisco from Minnesota 12 years ago. It was kindled by my grandmother when I was a child but lay dormant until I’d spent enough time in San Francisco to feel at home. When I returned to San Francisco I started taking pictures of gulls in the lagoon outside the Exploratorium, followed by herons, egrets, hummingbirds, then hawks and other birds. Birds Beat on Assignment photography san francisco

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Wandering Tattler

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This was a family vacation and I had led my unsuspecting wife and son out onto the curving pier at Aquatic Park, overlooking San Francisco Bay, ostensibly to get a better look at Alcatraz and the bridge, but actually with half a mind to finding a Wandering Tattler. Birding Birds California San Francisco Wandering Tattler It was the bobbing action on the rocks that drew my attention to the bird.

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Nailed Hawk Happy Ending

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The Red-tailed Hawk that was found in San Francisco with a nail through its head has been successfully rehabilitated and released. Huzzah! Hat-tip to Seagull Steve. Asides

Purina Pro Plan #MyGreatCat campaign helps feed rescue cats in need!

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She chronicled their personal stories through a photo collection, which will be revealed Saturday, June 14 in San Francisco’s Union Square. Purina Pro Plan is kicking off a social donation campaign, driven by cat photos! You can help feed cats waiting in rescues, and all you have to do is share your cat photos on social media using the #MyGreatCat hashtag! Pro Plan wants to inspire cat owners to capture moments with their own cats, and then share what makes cats great! Until Aug.

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FBI Lists Animal Rights Extremist as Most Wanted Terrorist

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Daniel Andreas San Diego, wanted for alleged involvement in 2 bombings in San Francisco has been listed by the FBI as one of their Most Wanted Terrorists. San Diego has ties to animal rights extremist groups. San Diego wears eyeglasses, is skilled at sailing, and has traveled internationally. He is known to follow a vegan diet, eating no meat or food containing animal products.

Nailed Red-tailed Hawk is Recovering

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The juvenile Red-tailed Hawk in San Francisco that was observed to have a nail shot through its head was finally caught by rehabbers and is being rehabilitated. There is a $10,000 to find the person or persons responsible for this stupid and callous act so get your sleuthing shoes on! Asides

ALF Activists Glue Locks of U Cal Primate Researcher

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From the website : Just after sunrise on Halloween, a sole trick or treater descended on the home of University of California-San Francisco primate vivisector Stephen Lisberger. As Stephen and his wife Chieko slept in San Francisco, tubes of superglue were used to fill his front door locks. UCSF vivisectors and officials shall consider this a gentle halloween prank, but this is just the beginning.

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Climate Change is Making Birds Bigger

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Or so says a study by San Francisco State researchers using data collected from over forty years of measurements taken during bird banding. Here’s hoping that this means that some birds, at least, might be able to adapt as climate change continues. Asides

From Today's New York Times

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Edward Machtinger San Francisco, April 26, 2009 The writer is an associate professor of medicine and director of the Women’s H.I.V. Program, University of California, San Francisco To the Editor: Re “Officials Point to Swine Flu in New York” (front page, April 26): Dare we ask why this happening [sic]? While its exact origin is still unclear, this pathogen, and many others (like avian influenza), originated from animals being raised or eaten for food.

Purina ONE Tour For Heroes

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Purina ONE has teamed up with Martha Stewart to visit animal shelters from San Francisco to NYC throughout the month of February. We love to see celebrities getting out there and helping animals find homes! The event is called the Purina ONE Tour For Heroes, and you can see if they are coming to your city by vising tourforheroes.marthastewart.com.

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The Reflected Challenge

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A couple of days in San Francisco over the New Year caused me to reflect on how much information we actually need to identify a bird. They were all taken in San Francisco at the end of December. Corey’s devilish warbler quizzes have shown that some people, given the tiniest amount of detail, are capable of superhuman feats of recognition.

Least Sandpipers for Thanksgiving

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The individuals above were seen at the top of the tide, pushed hard against the shore of San Francisco Bay. Below are birds from a small flock which were picking along the rocks by the AT&T Park, The San Francisco Giants Stadium, at the bottom of Third Street. When the opportunity to get a series of pictures for a photo-gallery presents itself, one can’t take the time to wonder if Corey hasn’t already got some stunning digishots (he has of course).

Heermann’s Gull: Near Threatened

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At the Northwest corner of San Francisco is Point Lobos. Here’s one last look at the adult Heermann’s Gull landing on the beach in San Francisco. Just South of Point Lobos is Sutro Baths and the Cliff House Restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The magnificent view from the Cliff House includes the Seal Rocks just offshore.

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Of Bird Diets, Dangers, and Delinquents

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San Francisco aims to study and deter birdstrikes ; participants can earn “bird-friendly resident” honors. This week in birding news has it all covered. Er, sort of. To wit: As if beach-nesting birds don’t have enough problems , along comes a new scourge: nudists. Brings a new meaning to the term “shake your tail feathers” ! Disregard what Mary Poppins advises ; in Swansea, UK, feeding the birds will cost you (and a whole lot more than tuppence).

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Migration and More: A Bird News Update

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Staff from the San Diego Zoo think so. The best guess scientists have about the “mystery goo” that sickened hundreds of birds in San Francisco Bay earlier this year is “a polymerized oil similar to a vegetable oil.” With fall migration well underway everywhere, it’s a good time to see what’s flying in bird news.

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A Victory for Turkeys

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According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “ Each felony charge is punishable by up to five years in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. All too often even the most egregious cases of animal abuse go without any substantial punishment. This seems even more true when the victim is a “food&# animal. However, I saw some good news today that gives me some hope that times may be changing (slowly, but changing nonetheless).

Townsend’s Warbler

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This individual was seen during a recent visit to San Francisco while I was looking for a Great Horned Owl’s nest in Golden Gate Park. I was thrilled to be seing warblers so early in March, until I remembered that Townsend’s Warblers can be seen along the west coast during the cold months. This didn’t detract from the pleasure of finding one of North America’s most strikingly marked wablers.

Birds From Behind

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I’d like to take a quick moment to address all the San Francisco Bay Area readers of 10,000 Birds. I know it’s dangerous to title a post “Birds From Behind” during “Bird Love Week” but I have to admit… it’s kind of the point. I’m getting swept up and unduly influenced by duck anatomy and countless pictures of avian copulation.

You Can Go Your Own Way

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So if you can get to New York’s Central Park, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, or Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park, I’m sure it will be worthwhile… in 2021.

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Everyday Sunshine: Zoom Out

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A Western Meadowlark floats near San Francisco Bay. Riffing off my last post about places… here is a series of birds in their environments. If you’re ever caught out with a short lens or the birds are just too far away, you can still get good shots that tell the wider story. Above, a Burrowing Owl near the Salton Sea. A Wilson’s Warbler in the reeds at a lake’s edge. A Black Turnstone at the edge of the sea. A Red-shouldered Hawk preens in a Eucalyptus tree.

Welcome Jason Crotty, Our New Beat Writer

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A Bay Area native, he started birding while working at a large law firm in San Francisco, but birds less frequently now that there’s a toddler around so he writes instead. We here at 10,000 Birds are excited to announce a new beat writer who will have his first post go live tomorrow. Please give a warm welcome to Jason Crotty, who will be writing about “General Birding and the Law” on the second Tuesday of each month.

Everyday Sunshine: Oh the places we’ll go

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Red-tailed Hawks often hunt through dusk in San Francisco. The Foster City Shell Bar is the place for shorebirds and views of the San Mateo Bridge. Looking for birds means we go where the birds are. Every once in a while, when it gets quiet, I look around and marvel at the places birds have dragged me out into. Here are a few. (in

Steller’s Jay

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San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is rich in bird feeders and the jays find rich pickings. Carrie wrote a thought-provoking post on the perils of being named after Georg Steller, but noted that his Jays were still doing very well thank you. Though Steller’s Jay is usually associated with western coniferous forests, it can be found in many different habitats as well as town parks and gardens were they will take advantage of food left out during the winter.

Splitsville

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I have seen Mallards in places as distant as San Francisco and Munich. This Western Grebe was from just north of San Diego.

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Shearwaters from Shore

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Before I moved north to Portland, I lived in San Francisco. Birding Northern Fulmar Pillar Point Harbor San Mateo Sooty ShearwaterI was poking around my eBird checklists recently and came across one from one of my more intriguing days birding. Like many birders, I’ve had “patches” where I routinely go birding. Patch birding is rewarding because the birds become familiar, as do the changes across the seasons. There is satisfaction in the everyday.

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Write a Post, Help a Dog!

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In all, 7,820 pounds of food was donated to two shelters renowned for their care of senior dogs: Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco and Castaway Critters in Harrisburg, Pa. Pedigree is resurrecting is insanely successful Write a Post, Help a Dog program. If you are a blogger, please join in and help shelter animals! In 2010, 391 bloggers wrote about the program and with each post, Pedigree donated 20 pounds of its Healthy Longevity dog food to shelter animals.

The Long-billed Curlew

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In the past, the bird has had a nickname of “Candlestick Bird” They were quite common in the San Francisco area, especially on the south eastern tip of the bay. In my continuing coverage of the return migrants to the lower Baja, todays story is of the Long-billed Curlew. This extremely large shorebird, coming is at nearly 24 inches. It is easily identified by not only by its overall size, but the extremely long bill.

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International Bird Rescue Believes “Every Bird Matters”

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In January 1971, two oil tankers collided under the Golden Gate Bridge, spilling more than 800,000 gallons of crude oil into the San Francisco Bay. Alice Berkner , a registered nurse, came up with the concept of International Bird Rescue while trying to help the more than 7,000 birds that filled warehouses around the San Francisco Bay Area during this 1971 oil spill. link] This is where the washing of oiled birds takes place at the San Francisco Bay facility.

Pet Paradise Resort to donate ALL pet hair clippings

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Pet Paradise Resort will start shipping collected pet hair to Matter of Trust’s warehouses located along the Gulf of Mexico and in San Francisco. We sure love to share great press releases like this one! Did you know that pet hair clippings (and human hair too) can be used to help clean up oil? Read on to learn what Pet Paradise is going to do to help with the massive oil spill.

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Everyday Sunshine: Great Blue Herons

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We have at least 3 nesting locations here in San Francisco and that number seems to be climbing slowly. Continuing the celebration of commonplace birds we now hail the ubiquitous Great Blue Heron. There are too many images to share so I’ll keep the captions brief and let the pictures do the squawking, er, I mean talking. Their beautiful blue-gray can really pop in the right light. They share our world without too much complaint, adapting to our cities and towns when they can.

Anna’s Hummingbird sitting pretty

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This individual was seen at close quarters in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park during a recent visit. Anna’s Hummingbird is resident in California, up through Oregon and into Washington and during the colder months will certainly be the most frequently seen hummer in the area. Often it is the only one likely to be seen then.