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California Trivia

Test your knowledge of the Golden State, with fun facts from Oakland Museum of California’s newest gallery.


Shaun Roberts

Your local pride will swell after a visit to the new Gallery of California Natural Sciences, the final phase of OMCA’s five-year, $58-million renovation. Interactive exhibits examining the biological diversity of the state—and our impact on it—are divided into seven geographical zones, including our very own Oakland. To prep for the May 31 grand opening, we asked Douglas Long, chief curator of natural sciences, to share some trivia. museumca.org.


1. Did you know? 

A tree in the Oakland hills may have been the largest redwood ever known. It could be seen from more than 40 miles out to sea and helped guide mariners safely into the Golden Gate.

Terry Lorant

2. Did you know? 

The food at Cordell Bank, a marine sanctuary near Point Reyes, is so abundant and predictable that seabirds travel from Hawaii, Chile, and New Zealand just to feed there. The black-footed albatross, which nests in Hawaii, travels here to gather food for its chicks.

3. Did you know? 

While all other glaciers in California are melting, those on Mount Shasta are growing. Moist air off the warming Pacific Ocean means more snow is falling at 14,162 feet.

Shaun Roberts

4. Did you know?  

More different species of mammals have been found within Yosemite National Park than have been recorded in any other single place of the same size in the United States. Among them are 17 bat species and 33 types of rodents.


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