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Archive for March, 2010

Webcam: Watch the Times’ rooftop Mother Goose nesting LIVE!

Mother Goose. Contra Costa Times photo
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I wrote about the Contra Costa Times’ very own “Mother Goose” here on Tuesday (March 2). You can scroll down and read what I said. She is a Canada goose who started nesting on our rooftop five years ago and has returned every spring since then to raise a new family of goslings.

Watch our Mother Goose yourself during daylight hours via our new Webcam: http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_14491539

Watch her preening as she sits on her nest of redwood tree duff and incubates her eggs. Watch her stand up periodically to turn the eggs carefully with her beak to make sure they are being properly incubated. NOTE: When Mother Goose takes a break, she covers her eggs with nest material to keep them insulated and warm until she returns, so don’t panic if you see an empty nest. She’ll be back soon.

Speaking of the eggs … it looks like there are at least four. If you are watching and think you can get a better count, please comment on that below. Other comments are also encouraged.

Now click on our Webcam and sit back and enjoy! /Gary

Posted on Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Under: blogs, Canada Goose, Mother Goose, Wildlife | 1 Comment »

Local talks: Humpback Whales of San Francisco, A Journey Home

Humpback breach. Photo by Alaska Whale Foundation
Humpback breach Malleson

Fred Sharpe, Ph. D, Alaska Whale Foundation, will be in the San Francisco Bay Area this week on Thursday and Friday ( March 4-5), to give talks about humpback whales (“Humpback Whales of San Francisco: A Journey Home”). Here are the times and locations:

*** 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at Benicia Camel Barn, 2024 Camel Road, Benicia.

*** 7 p.m. Friday, March 5, Imani Center, 3276 Sonoma Blvd., Suite B, Vallejo.

*** Suggested donation for these talks is $5. Info line: 360-808-0579

Below is an interesting article Dr. Sharpe wrote for us to tweak your interest in his humpback lectures.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
Under: Humpback Whale, Whales | 1 Comment »

Canada goose: She’s back! Times’ Mother Goose is nesting on our roof again!

Mother Goose sitting on her rooftop nest in 2009
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A female Canada goose has returned once again to build her nest on a Contra Costa Times’ rooftop for the 5th year in a row.

It almost didn’t happen.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
Under: Bird nests, Birds, Canada Goose, Wildlife | 2 Comments »

Lead poisoning kills condors, bald eagles; poisons grizzlies

Condor. Photo by Flickr user IvyMike used under a Creative Commons License
condor1 IvyMike

Here’s a California condor lead poisoning update from the latest weekly e-newsletter of the Center for Biological Diversity. We’ve GOT to get the lead out of the environment! /Gary

From “Endangered Earth Online,” Feb. 25, 2010:
We’re sad to report that three endangered California condors — a female, her yearling chick, and a young male — have died of lead poisoning in northern Arizona.
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Posted on Monday, March 1st, 2010
Under: California condors, Lead bullets | 1 Comment »