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A Record-High Number of Plovers: What Does It Mean?

A Record-High Number of Plovers: What Does It Mean?

In January, a record number of Western snowy plovers were spotted at Ocean Beach. What are some possible reasons for this sky-high count? Read the latest on park monitoring of these threatened species—and learn what you can do to help their chances of survival. more >>


March 2016 | Leave a comment

Buffalo Soldiers: The First African American 'Park Rangers'

Buffalo Soldiers: The First African American 'Park Rangers'

On the 150th anniversary of the formation of the African American Buffalo Soldiers regiments, learn about their vital role in the history of the national parks (and of the Presidio)—and discover why Teddy Roosevelt had a special place in his heart for them. more >>


February 2016 | Leave a comment

'Wanna Be My Plover?' Print-N-Clip Valentine’s Cards!

Valentine's Day e-cards

Open the Golden Gate to your sweetie’s heart with seven free and cheesy V-Day cards—guaranteed to make them smile (or groan). And if you ever wanted to work “oak savannah ecosystem” into a pickup line, well, these are for you. more >>


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Plight of the Pinnipeds: El Niño and Suffering Seals and Sea Lions

Sea lion

The Marine Mammal Center, based at Fort Cronkhite, rescued 1,800 animals in 2015—three times the average. Learn about one culprit, domoic acid, and how it’s produced, how seals and sea lions are affected, and why El Niño exacerbates its effects. more >>


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Keep it Simple in ’16: Resolve to Get Outside!

Resolve to Get Outside!

Nothing could be easier—or more healthful—than resolving to spend more time outside in 2016. Learn about the benefits of exercise and experiences in nature—and discover helpful resources for beginning new explorations of your Golden Gate National Parks. more >>


January 2016 | Leave a comment

GGRO Helps Raptor Conference Soar to New Heights

GGRO Raptor Conference

Nearly 400 biologists from 12 countries gathered in Sacramento last month for a milestone conference on birds of prey. How did it go? Read the reflections of Allen Fish, director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, which helped host the historic event. more >>


January 2016 | Leave a comment

Parks Grow Girls’ Interest in Science, Restoration Ecology

Parks Grow Girls’ Interest in Science

In November, four staff members from our parks showed a group of 3rd to 5th grade girls that women play an important role in heavy-duty ecological field work. In response, one young student shared her love for working in the mud too—through a poem. more >>


January 2016 | Leave a comment

An Art Piece—in a Park Place—That Will Move You to Tears

40 Part Motet

If you loved @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, it’s time again to experience art in the parks. Janet Cardiff’s masterpiece, The Forty Part Motet, is wowing visitors at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Learn about this amazing sound installation in partnership with SFMOMA. more >>


December 2015 | Leave a comment

Are There Really More Great Whites Off Our Shores?

Are There Really More Great Whites Off Our Shores?

Media have been buzzing about recent great white shark sightings in the area. But we went to find out the truth about these mysterious (and unfairly maligned) fish, by asking noted biologists such as Parks Conservancy Trustee Dr. John McCosker. more >>


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Five Bone-Chilling Date Spots to Warm Your Boo’s Heart

Five Bone-Chilling Date Spots to Warm Your Boo’s Heart

With “boo”-tiful sites aplenty, the Golden Gate National Parks are full of places to take your date on Halloween (or some other dread and dreary night by the Bay)—especially if you want him or her seeking safety and comfort in your arms. more >>


November 2015 | Leave a comment

 

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