WILD LIFE in the NORTH HILLS
Flora and Fauna of Claremont Canyon, Oakland, California


HISTORY and RESEARCH - links to the past


  A Glimpse of The Birds of Berkeley, by Charles A. Keeler. Excerpted from A Berkeley Year: A Sheaf of Nature Essays, edited by Eva V. Carlin, 1898. Glimpse of the Birds ...

  A Berkeley Bird and Wild-Flower Calendar, compiled by Eva V. Carlin and Hannah P. Stearns. Excerpted from A Berkeley Year: A Sheaf of Nature Essays, edited by Eva V. Carlin, 1898. Bird and Wildflower Calendar ...

  Birds of a Berkeley Hillside, by Amelia Sanborn Allen. Published in The Condor, vol. 17, no. 2, March, 1915. [Notes from Strawberry Canyon area.] 8 pg. PDF. Birds of a Berkeley Hillside...

  Additional Notes on the Birds of a Berkeley Hillside, by Amelia Sanborn Allen. Published in The Condor, vol. 45, no.4, July 1943. 9 pg. PDF.
Additional Notes on the Birds of a Berkeley Hillside...


  Spring Arrival of Summer Residents in the Berkeley Area, California, by Henry G. Weston, Jr.. Published in The Condor, vol. 50, no.2, March, 1948. 2 pg. PDF. NB: In this article, the bird labeled Pileolated Warbler is now called Wilson's Warbler; the bird called Tolmie Warbler is now called McGillivray’s Warbler. Spring Arrival of Summer Residents...


  A New Race of Black-chinned Sparrow from the San Francisco Bay District, by Alden H. Miller. Published in The Condor, vol. 31, no.5, Sept./Oct. 1929. 3 pg. PDF. [June 10, 1928, three males were heard on the steep, south-facing slope of Claremont Canon, again in Baccharis and Artemisia brush. A female was located in company of a male and shortly the pair was observed feeding young just out of the nest.]
A New Race of Black-chinned Sparrow...



  The Tragical Addition of a New Bird to the Campus List, by Richard Hunt. Published in The Condor, vol. 20, no.3, May 1918. 2 pg. PDF. [Short-eared Owl predated by Great Horned Owl on hillside above Haste Street, between Strawberry and Claremont Canyons.]
Tragical Addition of a New Bird...


The Flock Behavior of the Coast Bush-tit, by R. C. Miller. Published in The Condor, vol. 23, no.4, July, 1921. 7 pg. PDF. ["...unlikely that the number of birds in Strawberry Canyon would be augmented by an invasion of Bush-tits from Claremont Canyon, or vice versa."] Flock Behavior ...


Callophrys eryphon (Lycaenidae) [Western Pine Elfin / Western Banded Elfin butterfly] Colonizes Urban and Suburban San Francisco Bay Area, California, Using Planted Monterey Pine, by Jerry A. Powell. Published in Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, vol. 51, no. 2, 1997. 4 pg. PDF. [There is no record of this butterfly in the East Bay area (Contra Costa and Alameda counties) prior to 1989.] Callophrys eryphon...

Mass movements of Nymphalis californica (Boisduval) [California Tortoiseshell butterfly] in the San Francisco Bay area during 1971 (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae), by Jerry A. Powell. Published in Pan-Pacific Entomologist, Vol. 48, no. 2, 1972. 1 pg. PDF. [During October 1971, I observed movements of N. californica in the Berkeley Hills, Alameda County, at a site above the Caldecott Tunnel (about 1,400 feet elevation).] Nymphalis californica-1...

Population Expansions and Mass Movements of Nymphalis californica (Nymphalidae) [California Tortoiseshell butterfly], by Jerry A. Powell. Published in Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, Vol. 26, No.4, 1972. 4 pg. PDF. [In the Berkeley Hills near San Francisco Bay the butterflies were flying southeastward, along the axis of the hill ridge, at rates of 1.5 to 11/minute on a 50-foot sighting line during midday on 5, 7, and 12 October and were absent on 14 and 28 October (Powell, 1972).] Nymphalis californica-2...


The Lichens of Claremont Canyon, by Janet Doell, Judy Robertson, Shelly Benson and Tom Carlberg. Published in Bulletin of the California Lichen Society, Vol. 16, No.2, Winter 2009. 6 pg. PDF. [In a 2009 survey of Claremont Canyon, 81 lichen species were identified. Report includes brief descriptions of survey locations.] Lichen Survey.


Notes on the Habits of the Long-Tailed Harvest Mouse, by Clarence F. Smith. Published in Journal of Mammalogy, Vol. 17, No. 3 (Aug., 1936). 5 pg. PDF. ["... this species in the vicinity of Berkeley is located just below the summit of Skyline Ridge, between Claremont Canyon and the head of Bancroft Way...] Harvest Mouse.


A New Subspecies of the Snake Masticophis lateralis [Alameda Striped Racer aka Alameda Whipsnake] from California by William J. Riemer. Published in Copeia, 1954, No. 1. 4 pg. PDF ["Masticophis lateralis euryxanthus... collected by Archie Mossman, August 15, 1950, in the Berkeley Hills, Berkeley, Alameda County, California."] Alameda Striped Racer.


A Study of Avian Habitat Relationships in Claremont Canyon, by David M. Dreher, Senior Thesis, Spring 1992. 13-page PDF. Collected in "Physical, Biological and Social Aspects of Environmental Issues in the Bay Area." Mark Christensen, Chuck Cook, Doris Sloan and Kim Taylor, Editors. Senior Seminar, Environmental Sciences Group Major, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, May 1992.   Avian Habitat...


An Urban-Wildland Interface in Claremont Canyon, Berkeley, CA: Change in Avian Species Richness Over Time, by Brooke C. Harding, Senior Thesis, University of California, Berkeley, Spring 2015. 19-page PDF. Avian Species Richness...  


After the Eucalyptus: Avian Species in Cleared Eucalyptus Groves, by Amy Wiens, Senior Thesis, Spring 1992. 11-page PDF. Collected in "Physical, Biological and Social Aspects of Environmental Issues in the Bay Area." Mark Christensen, Chuck Cook, Doris Sloan and Kim Taylor, Editors. Senior Seminar, Environmental Sciences Group Major, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, May 1992.   Avian Species...


The Birds of Berkeley's Creeks, by Jennifer Melville, Senior Thesis, June 1983. 11-page PDF. Collected in "Berkeley Water: Issues and Resources." Doris Sloan and Scott Stine, Editors. Senior Seminar, Environmental Sciences Group Major, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, June 1983.   Birds of Creeks...


Vegetation Surveys in Claremont Canyon, by Shannon Winsor, Senior Thesis, Spring 1992. 15-page PDF. Collected in "Physical, Biological and Social Aspects of Environmental Issues in the Bay Area." Mark Christensen, Chuck Cook, Doris Sloan and Kim Taylor, Editors. Senior Seminar, Environmental Sciences Group Major, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, May 1992.   Vegetation Surveys...


A circumambulation of Claremont Canyon, by Andrew Alden, Oakland Geology, April 2016. 14-page PDF. Geology Loop...


Robert Sibley Volcanic, Huckleberry Botanic, and Claremont Canyon Regional Preserves: Resource Analysis prepared by Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey Landscape Architects, and Larry Seeman Associates, Inc. Natural Resource Management for the East Bay Regional Park District, June 1985. 15 pg. PDF. Appendix B: Animals...


Natural and Cultural Resource Inventory for Claremont Canyon FINAL REPORT, edited by Steve Dow and Dale Sanders. Conservation and Resource Studies 131, Class Project, Spring 1992. Published by Physical and Environmental Planning Office and the College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley. 45 pg PDF. Resource Inventory...


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 Backyard Bandits: including raccoons and other exciting patio visitors, by David D. Oliphant, Jr. [the great uncle of a third-generation hill dwelling neighbor] Illustrated by Lynn Maxwell. 140 pages. Healdsburg, CA: Naturegraph Publishers, 1968. Out of print; some copies for sale on the web. One dealer says "In addition to raccoons, the backyard bandits include a mountain lion, wildcats, foxes, deer, skunks, opossums, weasels, wood rats and mice, reptiles, birds, and insects."



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