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Feb 19 2009

Rainy Days at The Bulb


I love the rain.  It allows me the excuse to relax and do nothing (if I can).

The only thing I don’t like is the mess that comes with the rain – 3 dogs, 12 paws can track in a lot of mud!



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May 09 2008

Owl Habitat Ruffles Some Feathers

Published by under Albany plateau,Owl Habitat

An interesting read in the The Journal today:

A conversation project under way at the Albany Plateau has pitted dog walkers and recreational users against environmentalists and local city and park officials.
The project mitigates for the lose of burrowing owl habitat at the Gilman Street Playing Fields in Berkeley… but many reject the assertion that owls used that area and any mitigation is needed.

dog walker and recreational user viewpoint: “The concept of making these areas of landfill, a dump, into preservation habitat where people cannot go, where fencing keeps people out, is really an insidious part of what passes as environmentalism these days,” said Jill Posener, a Berkeley resident who walks her dogs at the Plateau. “It’s really sad.”

Albany Waterfront Committee member, Clay Larson: “I don’t think that there was any real, scientific evidence that there was an impact on the bird…”

local city and park officials: Roger Miller, senior management analyst for Berkeley’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, said mitigation is required…
Miller said, a biologist hired by the city of Berkeley saw one owl in 2006 and a second biologist said he had seen a burrowing owl in the area in 2004.
Brad Olson, spokesman for East Bay Regional Park District said there was no guarantee the owls would move.

Read the full article: Conversation Project at Albany Plateau Riles Dog Owners


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Apr 21 2008

More on the Burrowing Owl Project

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“Funding for the (the $57,000) project at the Eastshore State Park has been provided by the Joint Powers Authority Agency, formed by the cities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville and Richmond, to account for the owl habitat lost when the Tom Bates Regional Sports Complex south of Golden Gate Fields was approved. The sports complex is scheduled to open in September.” –

“This was a trade-off agreed on when the future ballfields . were planned: It is hoped that Burrowing Owls on the ballfields will choose to relocate to the Plateau.” – Albany Waterfront Coalition

Has anyone notified the owl(s) about this move?


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Apr 17 2008

Fencing Along Albany Plateau

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And the fencing has begun!

Everyone I spoke with today seemed just as surprised as I was at the extend of the fencing. Even if this is just temporary fencing for now, it covers quite a bit of the Plateau and doesn’t allow access to most of the area except for a small section near the path leading out to the Bulb.


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