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A Hawkwatcher’s View of the New Hawk Hill

Hawk in flight (Walter Kitundu)

I wrote an earlier article on the background of the Hawk Hill restoration issue and its ecological intricacies (December 2011 Park E-ventures article), but here I wanted to address the big question that I heard only a few hundred times this autumn: what happened to the hawks as a... more >>


January 2013 | 7 Comments | Leave a comment

Public Dashboard Tracks Center’s Energy Use

Crissy Field Center Wind Turbines

Project FROG, the designers of the Crissy Field Center and Beach Hut Café, created an online dashboard that provides information on not only the output of our wind turbines and solar panels, but also the building’s energy consumption. The site, http://frogdashboard.com/crissy, shows the kW production of our renewable energy... more >>


November 2012 | Leave a comment

Native Plant Nurseries Build Bridges of Natural Habitat

Native Plant Nurseries Build

With the build-up to the joyous celebration for the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, I can’t help but think of what this amazing icon means and the role it plays in our beloved Golden Gate National Parks. What does this beautiful landmark bridge?

The naturalist in me thinks of the... more >>


May 2012 | Leave a comment

The Big Importance of Small Woody Debris

The Big Importance of Small Woody Debris

Small woody debris is an important component in repairing riverine ecosystems. The main purpose of small woody debris on Redwood Creek is to give adequate space for small fish to remain undetected by aerial predators and provide cooler temperature waters away from direct sunlight.

Greater amounts of this space, also called... more >>


May 2012 | Leave a comment

Move that Fence: Presidio Trail Upgrades Opening Soon

Golden Gate Overlook

After almost one year, the detour signs and k-rails are starting to disappear from the west side of the Presidio along Lincoln Boulevard.

Behind all those cyclone fences and barricades, Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and Presidio Trust staff and construction crews have been working on several trail improvement and resource... more >>


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Point Bonita Bridge is Open!

Point Bonita Bridge is Open

The original lighthouse, built in 1855 high upon a cliff face of the Marin Headlands, was buried in fog and considered ineffective. Therefore it was moved to its current location in 1877. To get there safely a hand-hewn tunnel was constructed through unstable rock. The tunnel and a trail walking... more >>


May 2012 | Leave a comment

Lands End Visitor Center Opening in April

Statue at Lands End Lookout

Lands End has landed its visitor center. Conceived with the community's input, supported by the community's generosity, and realized through the community's cooperation, the long-awaited Lookout will see its grand opening on April 28. And you're invited! The event--which features a ribbon-cutting, open house,... more >>


April 2012 | Leave a comment

Ten Years of Happy Trails, Countless Memories

Trails Forever Slideshow

This year, Trails Forever celebrates its 10th anniversary in the Golden Gate National Parks. Brought to our park by late Superintendent Brian O'Neill and modeled after its sister program in Acadia National Park, Trails Forever brings together staff and volunteers from the three partner agencies--the National Park Service, Parks Conservancy,... more >>


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A New Way Through Muir Woods

Muir Woods Boardwalk

Heading down the Redwood Creek Trail in Muir Woods National Monument, visitors will come to a winding walkway through a grove of old-growth coast redwoods, bay laurels, and oak trees.

This new addition to the landscape is a 620-foot boardwalk, consisting of over 600 certified second-growth redwood boards. As a replacement... more >>


March 2012 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

 

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