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Courtesy photo Members of Saildrone prepare their craft on Ballena Bay. They hope to deploy Saildrones off the California coast later this year to study marine life and collect data.

Cutting Edge at the Point

Mar 27,2014

Engineers developing self-sailing drone technology in warehouse space

Mechanical engineers Richard Jenkins and Daryl Owens are crafting the future at Alameda Point. Their company Saildrone designs and builds drones — not those that fly above us, but those that can sustain themselves on the open sea and that are capable of carrying payloads as heavy as 220 pounds. The design of the company’s 19-foot-long, 7-foot-wide vessels allows these drones to sail in shallow waters and through marine debris, enabling them to go where ships cannot. 

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Artisan Bakery to Open on the Point

Feb 17,2021

A new artisan bakery with a noble mission is coming to Alameda. Firebrand Artisan Breads of Oakland will be moving most of its production facilities to a renovated warehouse at Alameda Point in the coming months, bringing most of its 90 employees and hiring more.

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Richard Bangert

Makani Energy Lost Its Green

Oct 29,2020

Google’s parent company Alphabet is no longer funding Makani Energy, the developer of the flying kite that produces energy. The announcement from Alphabet came in February 2020.

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Rick Lewis &nbsp&nbsp A Caspian tern feeds its young at a beach in Alameda. Caspian tern families with fledglings showed up at Crab Cove, the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary and the San Francisco Bay side of Bay Farm Island this year before leaving for their winter locations in South America.

Our Bad Year was Good for Alameda Birds

Oct 01,2020

While we were sheltering in place earlier this year, birds that raise their young in Alameda were doing just that, laying eggs and raising chicks. How did some of “our birds” do this year? Let’s start at the west end of the Island, Alameda Point.

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Linda Carloni &nbsp&nbsp Artist Clayton Anderson recently put his talents to work in Alameda, rendering a western bluebird in chalk on an Alameda sidewalk.

Artist Enlivens Neighborhood with Bluebird Sidewalk Art

Aug 06,2020

Western bluebirds are favorites of many, with the male’s brilliant royal-blue colors and rusty breast. The species has long been seen on Alameda Point perching near the soccer fields and using the nest boxes installed for them near Crab Cove.

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Tom Bennett, Golden Gate Audubon Volunteer &nbsp&nbsp A snowy plover nestles in a sand depression on Alameda’s Crown Memorial State Beach.

Snowy Plovers Continue to Winter in Alameda

Jan 23,2020

It’s easy to miss the cryptic-colored snowy plovers on Crown Beach, even if you’re intent on finding them. They’re small enough to fit in the palm of the hand, and their pale tan backs and snowy white bellies blend in perfectly with the sand. 

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Richard Bangert &nbsp&nbsp The specially built float at Alameda Point cannot be seen under a resting pod of harbor seals on Dec. 29.  A cloudy sky revealed the seals’ coats’ array of colors.

Seals Crowding Point Haulout

Jan 02,2020

As of Dec. 29, the number of harbor seals on the float at Alameda Point exceeded 70 on nine days, hitting a new record for December.  On Dec. 23, the number of seals on the float reached 80, a new record for a single day. Seals were packed so tightly that some were barely hanging onto the edges.

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