16 de mayo de 2024

Stranded and dead Brown Pelicans in Lake Merritt

There have been sick and dead Brown Pelicans in Lake Merritt over the few days. This is part of a state-wide coastal mass stranding affecting just that species :
https://www.fws.gov/press-release/2024-05/high-number-california-brown-pelicans-show-signs-malnutrition

If people find a sick or injured bird they should call Oakland Animal Services at 510-777-3333. Please provide the best directions possible on voicemail so that the Animal Control Officer can find the bird needing rescue.

If people find a dead bird they should contact Oakland Animal Services through this link to get the body removed.
https://www.oaklandca.gov/services/report-a-deceased-animal
There is a short form to fill out.

If possible take a photo of the bird and submit a mortality report to the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife at this link:
https://wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Laboratories/Wildlife-Health/Monitoring/Mortality-Report

An effort is being made to get sick and injured birds to International Bird Rescue. In the future there may be a need for volunteers, especially drivers, to help with this, but until that time, please follow the process above.

Best,

Katie

Publicado el 16 de mayo de 2024 por ktnoon ktnoon | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

01 de enero de 2024

January 5th 2024! Don't miss free zoom talk by Dr. Noah Whiteman about Nature's Poisons - 7-8 pm

Please join us for a special talk by Dr. Noah Whiteman of UC Berkeley.
FREE zoom on Friday January 5th 7-8 pm.

REGISTER HERE.
https://LakesideChat38_most-delicious-poison-drwhiteman.eventbrite.com
We will send you the zoom link to join the program by email from Eventbrite.

Dr. Whiteman will discuss themes in his new book, “Most Delicious Poison: The Story of Nature's Toxins―from Spices to Vices”. He will explore connections between the evolved chemical defenses of plants and the rest of the ecosystem including humans – with insights into our cravings, medicines, addictions and social life. Don’t miss it!

Katie Noonan and David Wofford, Co-chairs

Rotary Nature Center Friends
https://sites.google.com/view/rotary-nature-center-friends/home

Rotary Nature Center Friends is an all-volunteer community 501c3 nonprofit advocating for the Rotary Nature Center in Lakeside Park as an interpretive education and science center for all the people of Oakland and as the Steward for the Lake Merritt Wildlife Refuge.

Publicado el 01 de enero de 2024 por ktnoon ktnoon | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

26 de octubre de 2023

Please join the re-survey a full year and two months since the catastrophic fish kill!

Heterosigma akashiwo caused ecosystem devastation in Lake Merritt Oakland in 2022. Last October 2022 we set up a project to track the rebound of species in the lake. It's now 1 year and 2 months since the fish kill and time to take another close look. It has been a tough year with atmospheric rivers and low oxygen in some locations.
Please join us for the re-survey of life in Lake Merritt Oakland in the weeks of October 28th 2023 to November 11th 2023. Be sure to indicate whether the organism you are observing is alive or dead using the using the Annotation Attribute dead or alive or ?.
We will have a table at the Lake Merritt Boating Center parking lot and docks area at 568 Bellevue Ave 94610 from 10 am to 1 pm to help people with iNaturalist and track our findings on-site.

Note: There is a $5 fee for Lakeside Park entrance and parking may be limited. There is usually street parking nearby.
We will continue to collect observations for the project before and after this 2-week period, so keep observing!

Katie Noonan
ktnoon@aol.com

Publicado el 26 de octubre de 2023 por ktnoon ktnoon | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

13 de abril de 2023

Online interactive nature and social justice-oriented program about Alfred Russel Wallace, founder of the field of evolutionary biogeography.

Lakeside Chat#29 -“Radical by Nature: The Revolutionary Life of Alfred Russel Wallace.” Dr. James Costa will explore Alfred Russel Wallace’s epic life and achievements, his passion for science and social justice.

Imagine if he'd had iNat!
Join us by zoom on April 14th, 7-8 p.m., for Lakeside Chat #29 with Biologist and Naturalist. Dr. James Costa. His talk is entitled “Radical by Nature: The Revolutionary Life of Alfred Russel Wallace.” Jim will explore Alfred Russel Wallace’s epic life & achievements, his passion for science & social justice .
https://alfred-russel-wallace_radical-by-nature_with-dr-james-costa.eventbrite.com

More: One of the most famed naturalists of the Victorian age by the end of his long life in 1913, Alfred Russel Wallace's expeditions to remote Amazonia and southeast Asia became the stuff of legend: a collector of thousands of species new to science, he shared in the discovery of natural selection with Darwin and founded the field of evolutionary biogeography. Yet Wallace also courted controversy with nonscientific pursuits from spiritualism to socialism, becoming the archetypal socially engaged scientist tirelessly campaigning for social justice: land and labor reform, women’s rights, and more. Two hundred years after his birth in 1823, Wallace continues to inspire and instruct. In this talk, Jim Costa celebrates the complex and multifaceted life of Alfred Russel Wallace, the subject of his new book.
Free online event by Zoom.

Sponsored by Rotary Nature Center Friends at Lake Merritt, Oakland CA
https://sites.google.com/view/rotary-nature-center-friends/home

Publicado el 13 de abril de 2023 por ktnoon ktnoon | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

06 de enero de 2023

Don't miss Robin Agarwal's zoom talk tonight about the nudibranchs coming to Lake Merritt after the catastrophic fish kill in August.

Nudibranchs are part of the food chain that feeds the birds after all.

Join us by zoom on January 6th as we celebrate the New Year with Lakeside Chat #26 by nudibranch specialist and journalist Robin Agarwal.
REGISTER HERE=> https://nudibranchs-in-lake-merritt-RobinAgarwal.eventbrite.com

Robin's talk is entitled “What Led to a "Nudibranch Boomtown” in Lake Merritt?” Robin will introduce us to the sea slugs of Lake Merritt and explore reasons for their puzzling recent success. Free!

Zoom link:
https://ousd.zoom.us/j/86113750922?pwd=MklIUEN6clAxOExpTVhXWk5oZSsxUT09

Meeting ID: 861 1375 0922
Passcode: 984239
One tap mobile
+16699009128,,86113750922#,,,,*984239# US (San Jose)
+12532158782,,86113750922#,,,,*984239# US (Tacoma)

See you there! If you don't make it, but register, you will be sent the recording.

Publicado el 06 de enero de 2023 por ktnoon ktnoon | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

29 de septiembre de 2022

Please join project to document species alive in Lake Merritt after the HAB

If you are doing iNaturalist and are in Oakland, please help us observe living species at Lake Merritt after the fish kill in August. Open to all taxa, not limited to invertebrates

JOIN HERE:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/harmful-algal-bloom-at-lake-merritt-are-there-any-survivors

Publicado el 29 de septiembre de 2022 por ktnoon ktnoon | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

26 de junio de 2022

Snapshot Cal Coast 2022 at Lake Merritt -Table Sat July 2nd 10 am to 2 pm

Help the CA Academy of Sciences gather critical biodiversity data from the California coast. Yes! Lake Merritt is part of the CA coastline.

Registration is helpful but not required. https://snapshot-calcoast-at-lake-merritt.eventbrite.com Drop by our table at edge of the parking lot by the Lake Merritt Boating Center to learn how to participate on your own or work with naturalists to survey and identify species on the docks and shoreline of Lake Merritt. Rotary Nature Center Friends will provide help in getting and using the iNat App. We are sure to find several exotic target species in Lake Merritt. Maybe some new ones this year! Join us.

We will follow all public health guidelines. Observe social distancing. Be prepared to wear a mask if required. This event will be outdoors.

Publicado el 26 de junio de 2022 por ktnoon ktnoon | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

27 de marzo de 2022

Don't miss a virtual bird walk at Lake Merritt! April 1st 7-8 pm by Zoom, Free

A Birder Back in Her Patch - Hilary Powers at Lake Merritt
https://hilarypowers_virtualbirdwalk_lakemerritt-2022.eventbrite.com

Join us as Hilary Powers, a volunteer with Golden Gate Audubon, takes us to some of her favorite birding spots at Lake Merritt. As Hilary says, Lake Merritt always has something new and strange to offer, so every day at Lake Merritt is a good day to be there – even virtually. Hilary will share details on the species and ecological community at the nation’s first wildlife sanctuary, tidbits she has gleaned in a decade and a half of leading 4th-Wednesday bird walks and many more years of private visits to the lake. Hilary's quick eye and entertaining explanations will delight beginners and advanced birders alike. Her passion for the birds opens up new opportunities to connect with nature and engage in minds-on outdoor recreation.

A Zoom link will be included in your Eventbrite ticket confirmation.

Hosted by Rotary Nature Center Friends https://sites.google.com/view/rotary-nature-center-friends/home

Rotary Nature Center Friends is an all-volunteer community 501c3 nonprofit advocating for the Rotary Nature Center in Lakeside Park as an interpretive education and science center for all the people of Oakland and as the Steward for the Lake Merritt Wildlife Refuge

Publicado el 27 de marzo de 2022 por ktnoon ktnoon | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

03 de enero de 2022

Talk by Dr. Jim Covel about the Lake Merritt Tubeworm Ficopomatus enigmaticus-free, online Friday Jan 7th 7 pm

Rotary Nature Center Friends is hosting a free online talk by Dr. Carlton. The Tube Worm is not a bird, but an integral part of the food chain at this estuary lagoon. A great way to start off the year!
James T. Carlton, Professor of Marine Sciences Emeritus, Williams College (Williamstown, Massachusetts) and Director Emeritus, The Ocean & Coastal Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut

Title: “The Lake’s Most Famous Animal: The Enigmatic Story (and the 100th Anniversary!) of the Lake Merritt Tubeworm”

Description: First discovered in Lake Merritt 100 years ago, the brackish-water tubeworm Ficopomatus enigmaticus (known before the 1980s to Lake naturalists as Mercierella enigmatica) has a long and fascinating global history. What exactly is it, what does it eat, and how does it reproduce? Where did it come from and how did it get to San Francisco Bay? Why did a French scientist give it the name enigmaticus? And why did the tubeworm remain only in San Francisco Bay until the 1990s, after which it began to appear elsewhere in California? Today the Lake Merritt tubeworm is also found in Europe, the North American Atlantic coast, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, Hawaii, and elsewhere. We’ll explore some of the scientific techniques that have been used to explore out where its (probable) original home port was.

Register here: to https://lakeside-chat-14-the-lakes-most-famous-animal.eventbrite.com
You will receive zoom link in confirmation email.
Rotary Nature Center Friends is a community 501c3 nonprofit advocating for the Rotary Nature Center in Lakeside Park as an interpretive education and science center for all the people of Oakland and as the Steward for the Lake Merritt Wildlife Refuge.
https://sites.google.com/view/rotary-nature-center-friends/home

Publicado el 03 de enero de 2022 por ktnoon ktnoon | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

25 de noviembre de 2021

Clay Anderson will present a virtual walk about Winter Birds @ Lake Merritt in Oakland CA-free, online Dec. 3rd, 7-8 p.m.

Winter birds travel thousands of miles every winter, some of them, to Lake Merritt in the heart of urban Oakland. Join us as Naturalist Clay Anderson leads a virtual walk to find and learn more about the birds hanging out at Lake Merritt. Clay was awarded Bay Nature’s Local Hero Award in 2021 for his inspirational work as Youth Coordinator and Program Manager at the Golden Gate Audubon Society. Register by eventbrite to get zoom link and YouTube recording later.
Free, online. 7-8 p.m. on December 3rd.

Register HERE => https://lakeside-chat-13-winter-birds.eventbrite.com
The zoom link to join the program is in the confirmation email when you get a free ticket

Sponsored by Rotary Nature Center Friends
Rotary Nature Center Friends is a community 501c3 nonprofit advocating for the Rotary Nature Center in Lakeside Park as an interpretive education and science center for all the people of Oakland and as the Steward for the Lake Merritt Wildlife Refuge.

Publicado el 25 de noviembre de 2021 por ktnoon ktnoon | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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