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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

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4. Insider’s Tip


Tiny owls have become a wintertime phenomenon in César Chávez Park.  

The local mania of the moment has nothing to do with a burgeoning artistic movement or a hot new restaurant; instead, it’s the exceedingly cute burrowing owls that spend each winter at César Chávez Park along the waterfront. Spotted frequently this season, these little anthropomorphic creatures have become the town’s unofficial mascots, growing so popular that the Golden Gate Audubon Society now has docents on hand at the park (just north of the Berkeley Marina) during weekends to help visitors owl-spot during prime watching season (through early April).


Published on Feb 15, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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