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Wing-Wing Proposition: See Raptors, Advance Science as a GGRO Volunteer

Wing-Wing Proposition: See Raptors, Advance Science

The Bay Area is home to the biggest migration site for hawks, eagles, kites, falcons, harriers, and vultures—collectively known as raptors—in the Pacific States.

“Raptors migrate?” you might ask.

They do! Or rather, some do. We see Osprey and Peregrine Falcons each autumn that may be winging their way to the far... more >>


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Two Ways “TLC” Brightens the Future for Mount Tam

Two Ways “TLC” Brightens the Future for Mount Tam

“Tamalpais beckons with the mystery and delight that high places evoke…Just a mountain, but fixed in the imagination of a city.”
—Tom Killion artist and co-author of Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History, and Poems. 

This year Mount Tamalpais State Park will not celebrate Earth Day alone. On Saturday, April 26 the agencies... more >>


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Listen to the Spin of the Parks’ Restoration Cycle

Restoring the Park, ‘Touching the Future’

In this premiere episode of the Parks Conservancy’s new podcast*, “From Seed to Ecosystem,” correspondent Sami Fink explores how we choose project sites, explains how they become “stewardship sites,” and checks on the progress of the Mountain Lake restoration work, in interviews with Eric Klein (Parks Conservancy Restoration... more >>


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Did You Know: Start Your Engines!

Did You Know?

With “Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field” soon disappearing in our rearview mirror (the successful exhibition closes May 26), the Conservancy is revving up an exciting new attraction on the grassy meadow at the west end of Crissy Field.

In the coming months, the eight steel sculptures that have graced the... more >>


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One Finch, Two Firs, Red Fox, Blue Fish

One Finch, Two Firs, Red Fox, Blue Fish

A flash of silver in the creek. A whir of wings from the branches above. A bushy tail disappearing into a tangle of undergrowth.

For most of us, encounters with wildlife in the Golden Gate National Parks are fleeting. Rarely do we have the opportunity to document, share, and fully appreciate... more >>


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Feeling Proactive in a Time of Drought: Don’t Panic, Plant Natives!

Feeling Proactive in a Time of Drought: Don’t Panic, Plant Natives!

Even though Mother Nature was kind enough to turn the waterworks on in mid-February, California continues to be affected by a severe drought and the recent rains may not be enough to reverse the trend.

According to dendrochronology, or the dating of past (climactic) events by measuring tree ring growth, trees... more >>


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The Ravens of Hawk Hill: Intelligence, Play, and Social Behavior

The Ravens of Hawk Hill

On any visit to Hawk Hill, you might notice the resident common ravens (Corvus corax) hanging out on fencing, sitting on platforms, or acrobatically tumbling through the air. 

Ravens belong to a taxonomic family of birds called the corvids, which also... more >>


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Little Changes, Big Problems? Why Phenology Matters

Little Changes, Big Problems? Why Phenology Matters

With an unseasonably warm and dry winter, spring appears to have come early for many Bay Area flowers. While these displays are beautiful, their early arrival may indicate significant changes in climate or long-term weather patterns. The study of phenology holds the key to unmasking the consequences that climate change... more >>


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Muir Woods’ Boardwalk Empire Expands

Muir Woods’ Boardwalk Empire Expands

Muir Woods is a peaceful place of wonder. The parking lot and visitor center welcome visitors to explore the remarkable coast redwood trees. Once inside the woods, the Main Trail’s boardwalk leads visitors deep into a gentle valley ringed with old-growth trees. One such ring of old-growth trees, Founders Grove,... more >>


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Feeling Proactive in a Time of Drought: Don’t Panic, Plant Natives!

Feeling Proactive in a Time of Drought: Don’t Panic, Plant Natives!

Even though Mother Nature was kind enough to turn the waterworks on in mid-February, California continues to be affected by a severe drought and the recent rains may not be enough to reverse the trend.

According to dendrochronology, or the dating of past (climactic) events by measuring tree ring growth, trees... more >>


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