While the suburban residents of Concord try to deal with that wayward camel at commute time, the quiet folks in Albany are battling their own random creatures. We came across this fun news item this morning from CBS, which explains how a dozen or so wild turkeys are overrunning the small town of ... More >>
On Thursday, bird fanatics from around the Bay Area will gather in San Francisco to do what they do best: Look at birds. At this post-Christmas powow, avian aficionados will trek through city parks, neighborhoods, the bay, and the woods, with binoculars and scopes calling out the names and numbers ... More >>
Penguins might not be able to fly, but they sure as hell can sing -- or at least this sextet of aquatic birds can. Call it a Christmas miracle, but somehow while bored at the San Francisco Zoo, these musically inclined penguins managed to harmonize the ubiquitous Christmas tune "Jingle Bells." S ... More >>
They're cute when they're young.Many people know about the great horned owl family living on Strawberry Hill in the middle of Stow Lake. But did you know barn owls -- the ghostly-looking birds with white, heart-shaped faces -- are making a family at the Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina?Josi ... More >>
GrossSince seagulls are mysteriously dying by the dozens at Pier 94 rendering plant after feasting on offal, the Board of Supervisors has been urged to enforce a larine version of a junk food ban.At its Feb. 10 meeting, the city's Animal Care & Control Commission introduced a drafted letter t ... More >>
'I just flew in from the coast...'A flock of cockatiels wasn't a band in the 1980s. There was no signature "flock of cockatiels" haircut. A flock of cockatiels is, literally, a flock of cockatiels -- and you can find one now at San Francisco's Animal Care and Control. The repository of pets-to-be ... More >>
San Francisco's famous colony of wild parrots has never been bigger -- or harder-up -- according to a much-circulated A.P. article. The personable, striking birds made famous by the film The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill and its birdman subject Mark Bittner's book of the same title are thrivin ... More >>
The illicit love of Howard and SafaraLast night at the California Academy of Sciences, a group of spectators gathered around the African penguin exhibit squealed and cooed as twenty blackfoot penguins bopped around their rocky enclosure like so many wind-up toys. These parti ... More >>
Second to Col. Sanders, flying into windows is the major cause of death for North American birds. The Audobon Society estimates it may claim 100 million or more of our feathered friends yearly. Now they're hoping San Franciscans will help them count. At 5 a.m. "They keep the streets pretty clean in ... More >>
The question of whether to begin saving creatures and habitats from climate change
Ever since the owner of the Owl Tree bar died, things just haven't been the same
That whole talking animal genre? Let's be done with it.
Week of Wednesday, June 14, 2006
The controversy regarding the famous Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill may be drawing to a close, but the question remains: Does anyone still care?
Disney's Valiant effort never leaves the hangar
Getting to the bottom of the Owl Tree and its grumpy old owner
The life of the emperor penguin isn't easy, but it might make yours seem better
Palace of Fine Arts Lagoon
Exhibit gives props to pigeons
Telegraph Hill is home to a flock of wild parrots -- and one wild parrot guy
A thoughtful consideration of the smart and feathered friends at Mickaboo Cockatiel Rescue and Happy Birds
The Owl Tree
The trials and satisfaction of falconry in 21st-century America
If you don't know birds have accents, you haven't been attending your birdsong symposia
To the Farallones
San Francisco is planning to take title to the decommissioned Hunters Point Naval Shipyard before the military completes an environmental cleanup. The move could cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars -- or more.
The Pigeon Lady of Noe Valley has neighbors diving for cover
The wind-power entrepreneurs at Kenetech have spent millionsin vain tosolve this avian mystery: Why have hundredsof raptors, including golden eagles, died alongside the windmills of Altamont Pass?