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Twitter 1.0: Dissecting Five Types of Bird “Tweets”

Marsh Wren (Dave Freund)

Most of us are aware that birds frequently vocalize. Some might find the sounds inspiring and soothing (scientific studies have shown that birdsong tends to make humans feel relaxed), or bothersome (a pesky house sparrow that begins bleating outside your bedroom window before dawn). Some sounds are distinctive (most people... more >>


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Crissy Field Center Summer Camp Slideshow

Crissy Field Center Campers

Summer Camp 2013 at the Crissy Field Center is finished! We had a great summer with the campers and can’t wait to do it again next year! Check out our video slideshow to see some of the fun we had.

          

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Is the Prohibition of Poppy Picking Purely Poppycock?

California Poppies

Often when I use my smartphone to look up the subject of some insignificant curiosity, I have this feeling that surely there are no more believers of harmlessly romantic legends in this age of information.

Yet, time and again, I’ve been asked, with a hint of excitement, “Is it true that... more >>


September 2013 | 5 Comments | Leave a comment

Surf’s Up for California Coastal Cleanup Day

Beach volunteer (Maria Durana)

California Coastal Cleanup Day is always a watershed event here in the Golden Gate National Parks. The reason? You! Our dedicated community of enthusiastic volunteers, motivated site captains, and generous sponsors is what makes this annual event such an incredible success every year.

Last year was no exception. In 2012, in... more >>


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The Speedy Swifts: Living Up to Their Name

White-throated Swift (Dave Kutilek)

Undoubtedly, the best place in California to view migrating raptors is Hawk Hill. Hoping to view some impressive birds of prey, you grab your binoculars and head up to the hill. While you are scanning the skies for hawks, a cloud of tiny birds zooms into view, filling your binocular... more >>


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Institute Explores Role of Parks in Urban Environments

Crissy Field

We’ve seen the statistics. For the first time in history, the majority of people now live in cities. What’s more, urbanization is rising rapidly, with today’s 3.5 billion city dwellers swelling to 5 billion in 2030 and 6.3 billion by 2050.

Is there a role for parks in ensuring that such... more >>


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Time For One More Summer Free-For-All

Park Ranger and Roving Ranger

It’s August—one last chance for a big summer outing with the kids! Taking the family to an amusement park this summer can cost hundreds of dollars. Why not bring the gang out to the Golden Gate National Parks, where 80,000 acres of redwood groves, sandy beaches, rocky coastline, secluded coves,... more >>


August 2013 | 6 Comments | Leave a comment

Scouting the “Top Seeds” in the Field

Castilleja

We pay attention to the plant life that colors the trail sides and provides the textured backdrop for our photos. We seek out spring blooms and marvel at nature’s varied flower art.

But when was the last time you stopped to appreciate the seeds that create and propagate these beauties for... more >>


August 2013 | 39 Comments | Leave a comment

Making His Point: One Volunteer’s Mori Story

Volunteer Ron Maykel

“Renaissance man” is an apt sobriquet for Ron Maykel. A close neighbor of Mori Point in Pacifica, Ron not only has a dazzling array of interests befitting someone with such a moniker—he also played a key role in that park site’s rebirth.

Professionally as a planner, Ron had served on Pacifica’s... more >>


August 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

The Origins of Feathers

Bluebird

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is a great place to see birds. You can see the largest migration of raptors in western North America in the Marin Headlands, find spotted owls in Muir Woods, or see shorebirds at Lands End (to name just a few).

Arguably, the quintessential part of... more >>


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