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Fresh Tracks: GGRO Continues Innovative Raptor Monitoring

New color band (Abernathy)

In addition to our annual hawkwatch, banding, and radiotelemetry programs, the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory has launched several new research projects to further understand raptor movements and health. Read on to discover how you can help! more >>


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How Can Parks Help Teach Climate Change?

Youth out in the field

Do parks have a role in educating us about the local impacts of climate change? Would you listen? This November, the Institute at the Golden Gate’s will convene Parks: The New Climate Classroom to contribute to the growing movement for meaningful, practical, and local climate change education and communication in parks and communities nationwide. more >>


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Community Group Programs Grow Park Awareness, Education

Kids at Earth Stroll

Crissy Field Center often works with schools and individual students—but did you know that we also work with community organizations? Our Community Group Programs lead programs and trainings throughout the year, all over the park. Learn how you can get involved! more >>


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Summer Crews Step Up to Improve Tennessee Valley Trail

Tennessee Valley

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and see how the Golden Gate Trail Crew—alongside teams of dedicated youth volunteers—restored a portion of the Tennessee Valley Trail. Learn about the wonderful properties of a favorite trail feature: the box step. more >>


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Mountain Lake’s Underwater Vegetation: Adventures with Stinky Plants

Michele in the field

You may have heard about the incredible restoration effort going on at Mountain Lake in the Presidio, but did you know that this project also entails learning about and growing mysterious (and slightly stinky) submerged aquatic plants? Plunge in for a soggy adventure. more >>


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Student-Made Commercial Mixes Spoken Word, Park Volunteer Programs

Students directing filming (Maria Durana)

Three students from Ex’pression College lent their talent this semester to produce a commercial, aimed at youth, for the park’s volunteer programs. We think they deserve an “A”—and two thumbs up! Watch their awesome work; we think you’ll agree. more >>


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Rapturous Raptors: Insider Tips on Watching the Fall Migration

Hawk demo (Jessica Weinberg)

From now through November, 19 species of birds of prey will be making their annual appearance over the Marin Headlands. With tens of thousands of raptors counted during the fall migration, it’s the largest flight of its kind in the western U.S.! Read on for raptor-watching tips. more >>


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Is the Prohibition of Poppy Picking Purely Poppycock?

California Poppies

The California poppy is the much-loved, vivacious floral icon of the Golden State. But is it actually illegal to pick the poppy? Discover the truth behind this rumor—and more fun facts about one of the most recognizable blooms in our parks. more >>


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Surf’s Up for California Coastal Cleanup Day

Beach volunteer (Maria Durana)

It’s time to grab your reusable gloves, buckets, bags, and litter-picking tools! Gear up for California Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, September 21, and head to your local shorelines and parklands to provide some much-needed TLC and fall cleaning. more >>


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Twitter 1.0: Dissecting Five Types of Bird “Tweets”

Marsh Wren (Dave Freund)

To humans, bird vocalizations can be inspiring and soothing—or annoying, in the case of those early morning arias. But for birds, they perform critical communication functions. Read on to learn about five types of vocalizations, and what they teach us about birds’ surroundings. more >>


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