Bay Farm residents have come to know and love two species of heron that also call their neighborhood home. Both the great and snowy egret nest on Bay Farm Island near the lagoons that provide the birds with the small fish they need to survive. As the larger of the two species, the great egret Ardea alba stands nearly three feet tall and generally weighs about two pounds. Its cousin, the smaller snowy egret, Egretta thula, weighs about half as much. Observers can easily distinguish the great from the snowy egret.
Joggers, picnickers and birdwatchers at Alameda’s Crown Beach will notice a recent installation in the landscape: cautionary signs that instruct beachgoers to stay at least 20 feet away from the roosting snowy plovers.
When Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) took over responsibility for the Alameda Animal Shelter in January 2012, we took on a major financial challenge to reduce operating costs and raise over $300,000 annually to keep the shelter operating at a lower cost to the city.
Audited results of the 2012-13 fiscal year ending last July, the first complete fiscal year the shelter was under FAAS management, are now available. They demonstrate how quickly we have been able establish a firm financial foundation.
When Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) was founded in 2009 to raise funds for the city-run animal shelter, nobody anticipated that a short three years later the organization would enter into a partnership with the city to operate the shelter in a public-private partnership. FAAS took over the shelter just over two years ago and has made significant progress in enhancing programs and services for Alameda’s homeless animal population.
Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) assumed responsibility for the Alameda Animal Shelter just over two years ago on Jan. 1, 2012. Since then, FAAS has made great progress toward its goal of making the shelter a safe haven for homeless animals and a resource to the community. Here are some highlights of our accomplishments this past year: Increased adoptions: An aggressive marketing effort is successfully moving more animals into their new forever homes. A total of 475 animals were adopted from the shelter during 2013 — an increase over the 455 adopted in 2012.