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The Elusive, Mystifying Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Follow the trials and triumphs of a Golden Gate Raptor Observatory intern, as told through several encounters with a particularly mysterious species of raptor—the Northern Harrier. more >>

March 2013 | 5 Comments | Leave a comment

Rancho Corral de Tierra: Why it Rocks!

Rancho Corral de Tierra Landscape

Have you been dreaming of those beautiful granitic rocks in Yosemite? Well, don’t worry! You don’t have to wait for summer to make that trek. We’ve got our own wondrous boulders right here in the Golden Gate National Parks—at Rancho Corral de Tierra. more >>

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Which Bus Line Has the Most Bacteria?

WISE students

Have you ever wondered which morning commuter bus is the “cleanest?” Well, our Project WISE students have! On March 20 and 21, this topic—along with other student-led environmental research projects—will be presented during the WISE Science Symposium at Crissy Field Center. more >>

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The Institute Quiz: Win a Prize Pack

Park gear

Think you know the ins and outs of the Institute at the Golden Gate? Prove it with this quiz. If you’re the first to submit the correct answers, you’ll win an Institute gift pack—featuring a Parks Conservancy fleece vest, tote bag, and more! more >>

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Top 10 Movies Made in the Parks

Jimmy Stewart in Vertigo, Wikimedia

Golden Gate, meet silver screen. With the Oscars coming up (Feb. 24), we’re handing out (figurative) statuettes to the most memorable movie scenes filmed in the Golden Gate National Parks. Read on and let the debate begin. more >>

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Layers of Stories in the Headlands

Rodeo Beach

The Marin Headlands are a dramatic landscape, with striated red seafloor cliffs rising from the frothy currents of the Golden Gate. With such a storybook backdrop, hasn’t someone set a poem or manuscript here? You bet. more >>

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Our Romantic Plant of the Season

Wild strawberry

Love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there will be many sweet treats popping up on grocery store shelves and on restaurant menus to entice you and your Valentine. Many will contain one of nature’s sweetest offerings: strawberries. more >>

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Say “Yes!” Or “I Do!” in the Parks

Golden Gate Bridge

In the Golden Gate National Parks you can do it all—bike, windsurf, hike, ride a horse, bird watch, and even get married! Looking for the perfect place to hold an outdoor ceremony? Look to your parks—there’s a spot to match any personality! more >>

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Let’s Get Together: Mixed Species Flocks

Downy woodpecker

We often think about members of a species gathered together, such as “a gaggle of geese,” or a “pack of wolves.” But there are also examples of different species coming together, often to hunt or avoid being hunted. Read on to learn about one animal alliance. more >>

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The Institute in 2013: From the Bay Area to the World

Fort Baker

How can we help make the world a healthier, happier place? The Institute at the Golden Gate believes the answer is: “One piece at a time.” Institute Director Chris Spence shares how his team is pulling the pieces together—and building on strengths—to make a difference. more >>

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