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Top 10 Creepiest Critters in the Parks

Jerusalem Cricket

Life is not all river otters and coyote pups. Some organisms in these national parks simply give us the heebie-jeebies—justifiably or not. With Halloween a few days away, here’s our list of the scariest and grossest creatures. For the squeamish, turn away. For the stout-hearted, read on—if you dare.

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When Day Fades Away, Bats Come Out to Play

Little Brown Bat

Little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus, which in Greek means “mouse ear” and “light fleeing”) inhabit Canada, Mexico, and the United States. They prefer forested areas, but can easily adapt to tall shrub and urban environments. They are extremely temperature tolerant and can survive cold 40 degree nights and hot 120... more >>


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Public Dashboard Tracks Center’s Energy Use

Crissy Field Center Wind Turbines

Project FROG, the designers of the Crissy Field Center and Beach Hut Café, created an online dashboard that provides information on not only the output of our wind turbines and solar panels, but also the building’s energy consumption. The site, http://frogdashboard.com/crissy, shows the kW production of our renewable energy... more >>


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Back from the Brink of Extinction

Alligator Lizard

As you may know the assumed to be extinct Franciscan manzanita (or “Francie,” as staff in the park have come to call the original plant), was rediscovered during the Doyle Drive work. CalTrans relocated all 20,000 pounds of the plant in January... more >>


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Broadwing Bonanza on Hawk Hill

Broadwing Hawks

On September 27, 2012, on Hawk Hill, we counted 295 Broad-winged Hawk sightings, 10 times our previous one-day count for that species. We even exceeded our season-total record—248 sightings—in just that one day. Why is this exciting?

Broad-winged Hawks are soaring hawks that nest throughout the eastern broad-leafed forests. They do... more >>


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Fleet Week and America’s Cup Pitch In!

Military Volunteers

October 5-7, 2012 was one very busy weekend in San Francisco, with Fleet Week and America’s Cup headlining the many, many events going on in the city. Even so, folks involved with both spectacular events still found time to give some TLC to the Golden Gate National Parks.

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Institute Grows as a National Thought and Action Leader

Institute Conference

From Anaheim to Baltimore, the Institute at the Golden Gate is spreading its knowledge and establishing itself as a leading voice on the Food for the Parks and Healthy Parks Healthy People initiatives. Here are a few national events at which staff shared—and will share—the Institute’s growing body of knowledge and best... more >>


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