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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 >>


April 2014 | Leave a comment

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 >>


March 2014 | Leave a comment

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 >>


March 2014 | Leave a comment

Beyond BioBlitz: Project WISE Youth Bring Science to the Parks

Beyond BioBlitz: Project WISE Youth Bring Science to the Parks

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 >>


March 2014 | Leave a comment

Bioblitz: Test Your Species Spotting Skills

Bioblitz: Test Your Species Spotting Skills

On March 28–29, you can join expert-led teams at sites all across the Golden Gate National Parks for a historic Bioblitz—a 24-hour event in which volunteers count as many birds, insects, fish, mammals, lichen, and other organisms as possible!

Organized by... more >>


February 2014 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Five Lessons I Learned from the Mission Blue Butterfly

Mission blue butterfly (Rachel Lorenz)

By Price Sheppy
Community Program Manager, Park Stewardship

This winter the Golden Gate National Parks will be planting over a thousand lupines, the host plant of the mission blue butterfly. As we begin this restoration work to help this endangered species, I can’t help but reflect on all that I have learned... more >>


December 2013 | 6 Comments | Leave a comment

The Smaller Winged Creatures Flying Through the Headlands

Variegated meadowhawk (Chris Heaivilin)

Odonates are dragonflies and damselflies that are associated with water. As flying adults, they are carnivorous that prey on other insects. Their name comes from the Greek word odṓn meaning “tooth”—even though it is now known that their strong mandibles (jaws) do not have teeth but rather serrations.

Dragonflies are fairly... more >>


December 2013 | Leave a comment

Park Quiz: Bones of Contention

Bones of Contention

In honor of Halloween and the Day of the Dead, we’ve got a bone to pick with you. Put on your thinking (skull)cap and see how many of these skeletal remains you can identify—of animals found in the Golden Gate... more >>


November 2013 | 14 Comments | Leave a comment

Golden Gate Selected for the 2014 National Geographic BioBlitz

Black-tailed deer (Jessica Weinberg)

National Geographic and the National Park Service have partnered to conduct a BioBlitz in a different national park each year during the decade leading up to the NPS Centennial in 2016. For 24 hours, volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members try to find and identify as many... more >>


October 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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