As you walk along Alameda’s many shorelines and mudflats, one of the birds that you can see standing in or near shallow water is a pale brown bird with a long bill that curves upward. Named the Marbled Godwit because of its coloring, the one we see most is the largest of the four species of Godwits. The adult bird ranges from 16 to 20 inches in length including its bill (3.1 to 5.1 inches) its wingspan is 28 to 35 inches and it weighs between 8.5 to 18 ounces (a can of soup weighs 12 ounces).
The City of Alameda has released its COVID-19 “Get Around Safe” pledge that encourages pledge-takers to drive, bike, walk, and take transit safely during the coronavirus pandemic. The pledge responds to how the pandemic is changing how people get around, which adds potential dangers to everyday movements.
A rare, endangered songbird flute-like call echoes through a tropical forest with cacao trees bordering on a high elevation pine “cloud forest” in the Dominican Republic. The Bicknell’s Thrush is an international resident, crossing borders to winter in the Zorzal Reserve in the Dominican Republic and travels north annually to nest in spring in hardwood forests on the east coast of the United States and Canada. The cacao harvested from this reserve makes a delicious chocolate treat.