Tag: Ned MacKay

Park It: Scottish Fair

Park It: Scottish Fair

| March 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

By EDWARD MACKAY East Bay Regional Parks The pipes are calling and Scots will gather on Saturday, April 6 at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont for the annual Tartan Day Scottish Fair. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., it’s a full day of celebrating things Scottish, including bagpipe music, Scottish dancing, homemade crafts, historic re-enactments, […]

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Park It: Trails Challenge

Park It: Trails Challenge

| March 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

By NED MACKAY East Bay Regional Parks Trails Challenge, East Bay Regional Park District’s free, self-guided program to encourage exploring your regional parklands, is now well under way. This is the program’s 27th year. Here’s how it works: download the Trails Challenge guidebook from the Park District website at www.ebparks.org. Or you can pick it […]

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Park It by Ned MacKay: Nature at night

Park It by Ned MacKay: Nature at night

| February 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

A lot of activity in the animal world occurs at night, when the regional parks are usually closed to us humans. But for a glimpse into the mysterious world of wildlife after dark, join naturalist Constance Taylor for a walk from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Brushy Peak Regional Preserve in […]

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Park It: Great backyard bird count

Park It: Great backyard bird count

| February 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Birding enthusiasts worldwide will join in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count, scheduled for Friday through Monday, Feb. 15 through 18. It’s an annual project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society in partnership with Bird Studies Canada. The idea is to count the birds you see for 15 minutes on one […]

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Park It by Ned MacKay: Coyotes

Park It by Ned MacKay: Coyotes

| February 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s nearing the time of year when coyotes den up and give birth to pups, in the regional parks and other open space. And since there have been a lot of coyote sightings lately, this seems a good time to offer some information about them. Coyotes are common throughout the western United States and beyond. […]

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Park It by Ned MacKay: Tilden Fungal Fair

| January 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

The rainy season is mushroom time in the woods and fields. Varieties ranging from edible to poisonous spring up under the oaks and elsewhere in the East Bay Regional Parks. Collecting mushrooms is against the rules in the parklands. Besides, it’s dangerous, unless you are expert at identifying the edible varieties. However you can view […]

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Park It: Peregrines at Castle Rock

| January 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s time again for closure of the Castle Rock Formations that overlook Diablo Foothills Regional Park in Walnut Creek, to protect the resident peregrine falcons during their mating season. The rocks will be off limits to human visitors from Feb. 1 to July 31, so the birds can nest, lay eggs, fledge the young and […]

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Park It by Ned MacKay: Monarch butterfly programs

| January 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Although monarch butterflies have not arrived in great numbers this year to spend the winter at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, park naturalists are still offering programs highlighting the amazing insects, with emphasis on how their numbers can be preserved and increased. Monarch spotting programs are scheduled from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays through […]

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Park It by Ned MacKay: Trails Challenge 2019

| December 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you’re in the mood for some family-friendly festivities to start the New Year, Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley stands ready to help. The park will host a “Family Game Night and Campfire” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5. Bring your favorite card or board game, skit ideas, a blanket and […]

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Park It by Ned MacKay: Christmas at the carousel

| December 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

The holiday season is here, and one of its more colorful traditions is the kid-friendly Christmas celebration at the historic carousel in Tilden Regional Park near Berkeley. The carousel is decorated with trees and lights. Attractions include Santa and his elves, unique ornaments, cookies, hot chocolate and gingerbread. Hours are noon to 8:30 p.m. on […]

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