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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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40th Holiday Sale Slated

Oct 31,2019

The Alameda Holiday Boutique, a four-decade tradition in the Island City, takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Albert H DeWitt O’ Club at Alameda Point.

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Jim Grigg &nbsp&nbsp A humpback whale some locals have taken to calling “Aloha” has been entertaining crowds of whale watchers at Alameda Point’s Seaplane Lagoon over the past week. Marine mammal scientists performed a biopsy to determine its health and gender.

Whale Discovers Seaplane Lagoon

Jun 06,2019

Visitors to Alameda Point have been surprised to find a whale swimming in Seaplane Lagoon. The animal was first spotted on May 26, according to the Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center. The center began monitoring the whale the next day.

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Ocean Cleanup &nbsp&nbsp Workers assemble “System 101” on Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point. Ocean Cleanup is preparing systems like the one shown here to help rid the massive Great Pacific Garbage Patch of half its debris over a five-year period.

Ocean Cleanup Set to Launch

Sep 04,2018

Ocean Cleanup (OC) announced that it finished the six-month task of assembling “System 001” at Alameda Point last Friday, Aug. 31. Tomorrow, Sept. 7, the company will transfer the system from Seaplane Lagoon to the offshore supply ship Maersk Launcher.

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