Yearly Archives: 2012

Fun Times With Fungi

By Constance Taylor Show of hands… who knows that Lake Merritt is home to a wide variety of fungi? One person who does is Damon Tighe, walk leader for our December 15 Mushrooms of Lake Merritt walk.  Damon is an … Continue reading

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Fowl Times Before the Holidays

By Kevin Hong, Wild Oakland Intern Kevin the intern here! At 2 PM on Saturday, December 8th, we met at the Rotary Nature Center for a bird identification walk led by Ron Felzer, an instructor at Merritt College. He started … Continue reading

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Ron Felzer’s Natural History Course

Ron Felzer of Merritt College is offering another of his fantastic field classes!!  The classes aren’t at all expensive, you just have to register at Merritt College then sign up- you can do it all online. E-mail him at rfelzer@peralta.edu … Continue reading

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Winter Birds in Oakland

By Kevin Hong, Wild Oakland Intern See the birds of Lake Merritt in action! Video by Dianne Fristrom Kevin the intern here! On November 10th, Marissa Ortega-Welch led the Bird Natural History and Identification walk. We met in front of … Continue reading

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All My Friends are Back in Town – Winter Birds Arriving at Lake Merritt by the Day

By Marissa Ortega-Welch You may have noticed the plethora of bird related walks hosted by Wild Oakland this fall. That’s partly because so many of us here at WO identify as bird nerds, but also because fall at Lake Merritt … Continue reading

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Great tips on Bird Illustration!

Hello, Blogger Norah here! Wild Oakland’s Bird Illustration Walk was an educational and aesthetic triumph, thanks to artist/teacher Lisa Sindorf, our courageously creative participants, a glorious fall day, and of course, the birds of Lake Merritt. **All photo credits to … Continue reading

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Social History Walk!

By Norah Cook Over forty participants gathered for Wild Oakland’s Social History Walk, led by Dr. Dianne Fristrom, retired biologist and Lake Merritt resident, to learn about Lake Merritt’s rich and varied history. We met at the Oakland museum, from … Continue reading

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Squirrel Walk! August 11th, 2012

You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. – Hal Borland (American author and journalist) Kevin the intern here! On Saturday, we gathered for a walk … Continue reading

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Insect Safari Walk, July 14 2012

“If [insects] all were to disappear, humanity probably could not last more than a few months.”   – E.O. Wilson Eddie Dunbar, President and founder of the Insect Sciences Museum of California (ISMC) was our walk leader last Saturday for … Continue reading

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Fantastic learning opportunities right in our backyard

I recently noticed that the title for every blog entry on this page ends in an exclamation point. You will note that the title for this particular blog does not end in an exclamation point… That’s because this topic is … Continue reading

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