Yearly Archives: 2013

Herons and otters and grebes, oh my!

By Paul Belz Wilderness areas are precious, and must be preserved. Wildness also thrives everywhere around us, including in a small Oakland park near Interstate 24. Ron Felzer, an instructor in Merritt College’s Environmental Studies Department led a December hike … Continue reading

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Celebrating mushroom season

By Paul Belz Lake Merritt shares many of its treasures in autumn and winter. Birders know these are the seasons when canvasbacks, grebes, buffleheads, and other migratory birds appear in hoards. Observant guests will also find that these are the … Continue reading

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Winter birds at Lake Merritt

By Constance Taylor When it comes to bird identification, where’s a beginner to start? “General shape is a good thing to look for when you’re first scanning a lot of birds,” said Marissa Ortega-Welch, our walk leader for the November … Continue reading

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“Ecology of California Redwood National and State Parks” with Ron Felzer

In addition to leading our upcoming “Natural History of Lake Temescal” walk on December 15, Ron Felzer, instructor extraordinaire at Merritt College, has another one of his fantastic classes coming up!  Learn all about the natural history of the Redwood national … Continue reading

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Stories from Lake Merritt’s past

By Constance Taylor October 12, 2013: Jim Covel came to talk to us about growing up at Lake Merritt as the son of Paul Covel, the very first city naturalist in Oakland!  In fact, Oakland was the second city in … Continue reading

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Sausal Creek- Oakland’s riparian sanctuary

By Constance Taylor If you’re in need of a breather from the daily crush of Oakland urban living but only have an hour or two to spare, Sausal Creek is the cure for what ails you. Located less than four … Continue reading

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Pollinators and the plants they love at the Lakeside Gardens

By Constance Taylor One out of every third bite you take is because of a pollinator.  Butterflies, wasps, hummingbirds, bats, mosquitoes, flies, and of course, bees, all contribute to help plants get it on, filling the bellies of all heterotrophs … Continue reading

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And now, the squirrels.

By Kevin Hong, Wild Oakland intern Intern Kevin here! On Saturday, July 13th, we met in a shady grove in front of the entrance to Children’s Fairyland for our squirrel walk with Lila Talcott-Travis, founder of Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rehab. … Continue reading

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Lake Merritt: People and place, from slough to shining slough

By Kevin Hong, Wild Oakland intern Kevin the intern here! On Saturday, June 8th, we gathered at the Pergola at the northeast end of Lake Merritt, around our very own Constance Taylor and Norah Cook, for the natural and social … Continue reading

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Insects at the Lakeside Gardens… how much do you know?

By Constance Taylor Eddie Dunbar from the Insect Sciences Museum of California led another fantastic walk for Wild Oakland! We started at “butterfly alley”, the pollinator corridors at Lakeside Gardens, and came face-to-face with some of the smaller citizens of … Continue reading

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