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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 >>


November 2012 | 2 Comments | Leave a comment

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 >>


November 2012 | 3 Comments | Leave a comment

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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Our Parks' Birthday, Your Presents

Our Parks Birthday, Your Presents

On October 27 of this year, it will be 40 years since President Richard Nixon signed the legislation to create the 34,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Since then, the Golden Gate National Parks—as these parklands are popularly called—have grown to more than 80,000 breathtaking acres. So there’s a... more >>


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What's Your Park Personality?

Park Staff (Mason Cummings)

Are you ENTJ or INFP? What about FOFU or MUWO? Take this short quiz and discover your “park personality!” Learn if you’re adventurous and rugged like Fort Funston—or strong and silent like Muir Woods.

Through our completely unscientific (but totally fun!) system of 16 park-sonality types, you’ll find a whole new meaning... more >>


October 2012 | 2 Comments | Leave a comment

Red-tail, phone home!

Red-tail, phone home!

This season, the GGRO is able to use brand-new technology to help us track bird movements. On Friday, August 23 we put out a GSM (cell phone) transmitter on a female juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, nicknamed Augusta. This device utilizes a GPS device, similar to a hand-held or car GPS unit,... more >>


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A "LINC" to Nature, New Career Paths

2012 LINC Program

“If you want to sing out, sing out, and if you want to be free, be free, ’cause there’s a million things to be you know that there are, you know that there are, you know that there are...” A chorus of 20 voices trails off gradually, followed by enthusiastic... more >>


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Coastal Cleanup Day: A Watershed Event!

Coastal Cleanup Day: A Watershed Event!

California Coastal Cleanup Day 2012 was another tremendous success because of the amazing effort and enthusiasm of our community volunteers, as well as the leadership of our site captains and generosity of our sponsors. THANK YOU!

In San Francisco alone, 3,500 volunteers collected over 10,000 pounds of debris—from our shorelines,... more >>


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Back to School, Back to Trail Cool

Back to School, Back to Trail Cool

Teens on Trails is a volunteer program designed uniquely with high school students in mind: our volunteer work days are hosted on school holidays!

Our goal is two-fold: we welcome students to cool park sites where we’ll provide some education, snacks, and good times—and in turn, much-needed work gets... more >>


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The Importance of So Much Little White Fluff

The Importance of So Much Little White Fluff

Sometimes it seems like San Francisco summer finally arrives in September/October. It seems the endless bank of fog finally lifts and the sun shines down upon us all—making Baker Beach a popular destination.

If you find yourself strolling down the sand ladder to enjoy some time on the beach, look out... more >>


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