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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 >>
“Tamalpais beckons with the mystery and delight that high places evoke…Just a mountain, but fixed in the imagination of a city.”
This year Mount Tamalpais State Park will not celebrate Earth Day alone. On Saturday, April 26 the agencies... more >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
From March 28-29, participants in the upcoming BioBlitz will be racing throughout the Golden Gate National Parks to survey the area’s biodiversity by finding and identifying as many species of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms as possible. During similar events around the country, observers are discovering that... more >>
Just two weeks before the BioBlitz in the Golden Gate National Parks, the Crissy Field Center’s Project WISE (Watersheds Inspiring Student Education) program will hold their annual Environmental Science Symposium. On March 19 and 20, Advanced Placement Environmental Science students... more >>