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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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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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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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Crissy Field Center’s 2013 Resolutions

Crissy Field Center staff

A month into 2013, some might already be slipping on their New Year’s resolutions. Hopefully, the staff at Crissy Field Center can stay strong on the resolutions they have made. Read on to discover their goals—personal and professional—for the coming year. 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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Who Says We Don’t Have Seasons?

Milagra Ridge (Mason Cummings)

If you are a longtime resident of the Bay Area or another temperate location, you have probably heard somebody complain about the “lack of seasons.” And while you might not be able to make a snowman here, winter can still be experienced in our parks. What are the signs of the season? more >>

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A Very Special Earth Day in January

Volunteers planting in the parks

Muir Woods Earth Day is the longest-running event in the Golden Gate National Parks. It’s also one of the most enjoyable volunteer opportunities of the year. And it’s on January 26. Find out why we celebrate “Earth Day”—in the middle of winter. more >>

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Double Thumbs Up for Park Volunteers!

Staff giving two thumbs up

As 2012 draws to a close, we want to give an enormous and heartfelt THANK YOU to all park volunteers! We are incredibly grateful that you choose to give the gift of your time and energy to these parklands. Read on to see your amazing year of accomplishments. more >>

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A Hawkwatcher’s View of the New Hawk Hill

Hawk in flight (Walter Kitundu)

A year ago, Monterey pines and Monterey cypresses were removed from Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands to restore endangered mission blue butterfly habitat. How did this affect the birds during fall migration? more >>

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