THE GIFT

6. The great egret brings a gift of a branch to woo his mate and repair their nest.

6. The great egret brings a gift of a branch to woo his mate and repair their nest.

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7. And then there are chicks!

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8: It is feeding time for the chicks.  All of the parent’s bill and most of the head are inserted into chick’s mouth and down the throat, while siblings wait their turn.



BITING 2018

9.  Now the egret chicks are rapidly growing. Soon they will become as large as their parents.  In the family nest, the young egrets experience quick changes between harmony and raucous battles while stretching their wings and learning to fly.

9.

Now the egret chicks are rapidly growing. Soon they will become as large as their parents.

In the family nest, the young egrets experience quick changes between harmony and raucous battles while stretching their wings and learning to fly.

SIX NESTS 2018

11.  New egret life abounds in a dying rangy pine tree. By summer the pine’s green needles have disappeared. Except for the nests and a few brown tufts, the tree is naked. The bonus for bird watcher and photographer is this abundant breeding season with clear views.

11.

New egret life abounds in a dying rangy pine tree. By summer the pine’s green needles have disappeared. Except for the nests and a few brown tufts, the tree is naked. The bonus for bird watcher and photographer is this abundant breeding season with clear views.

September 2018 Nesting Season Alameda

12.  It is now September 2018 and the egrets are gone. Their Monterey pine is dead and scheduled for removal soon. The egrets will need a new tree.  The tree stands like a sculpture with its limbs holding empty nests. It gave us one last great, highly-visible breeding season. It gloriously finished its life cycle.  Once almost extinct for their feathers, egrets were slaughtered by the millions in their nesting colonies. These magnificent creatures had a bounty placed on their feathers for the wildly popular fashion trend in hats decorated with feathers, nests, eggs, wings and whole birds. An ounce of feathers surpassed the value of an ounce of gold. This slaughter awakened citizens from all walks of life. In 1918 landmark national protection was passed: the Migratory Bird Protection Act. Its centenary is celebrated this year, 2018.  In the spring the egrets will return. The tree will be gone. They may or may not pick a new tree, here, at the calm hub of the bustling Bay Area. The nests may be retrieved and moved to help lure the egrets to a new nearby tree. Stay tuned for news and updates.

12.

It is now September 2018 and the egrets are gone. Their Monterey pine is dead and scheduled for removal soon. The egrets will need a new tree.

The tree stands like a sculpture with its limbs holding empty nests. It gave us one last great, highly-visible breeding season. It gloriously finished its life cycle.

Once almost extinct for their feathers, egrets were slaughtered by the millions in their nesting colonies. These magnificent creatures had a bounty placed on their feathers for the wildly popular fashion trend in hats decorated with feathers, nests, eggs, wings and whole birds. An ounce of feathers surpassed the value of an ounce of gold. This slaughter awakened citizens from all walks of life. In 1918 landmark national protection was passed: the Migratory Bird Protection Act. Its centenary is celebrated this year, 2018.

In the spring the egrets will return. The tree will be gone. They may or may not pick a new tree, here, at the calm hub of the bustling Bay Area. The nests may be retrieved and moved to help lure the egrets to a new nearby tree. Stay tuned for news and updates.

The East Bay Monthly 45 Years Anniversary Party

Celebrating 45 years of artists, writers, editors, publishers and founder Karen Klaber, focusing on a life force of culture and commerce in the East Bay in eloquent and striking art and voices. Terrific people and a terrific anniversary party at the Berkeley Art Center in Live Oak Park, October 24, 2015.

Founder Karen Klaber and Publisher Stephen Buel

Founder Karen Klaber and Publisher Stephen Buel

GREAT BLUE HERON IN BAY AREA SHARED PROTECTED HABITAT

In an east bay parkland habitat that includes stunning sunsets over SF Bay and coastal mountains, renowned dog parks, a kite festival, a Japanese lantern festival of peace and remembrance and children, birders, bicyclists, runners, frisbee golf, parks for Rx, a celebration of life and why we live here ~ here wildlife rules. When wildlife thrives, we thrive. As the indigenous Bird Dancers chant: "We are the Birds."

POND 9 - BERKELEY'S AQUATIC PARK

May 4, 2015, on a cold windy noon hour over 12 egrets patrol the lagoon next to 8 lanes of freeway on the Pacific Rim. Here in Pond #9 egrets roost, patrol and fish the original tip of the SF Bay, once abundant with wildlife under a sky filled with birds. For thousands of years the egrets return to this node and others on 6 continents. From the inner city they extend the presence and voices of world wildlife.

Egrets in Berkeley 15 at the lagoon, 15 at Au Coquelet and 2 at Anthropology.

The majestic egrets have returned to Berkeley with the New Year. They begin their ceremonies at Aquatic Park. Their photographs, offering viewing stations into their world, are at Au Coquelet. By perhaps chance, two more egrets are represented in a store window at Anthropology where the Ohlone village once stood, a block from the water, where the egrets continue to return to roost.