The Golden Gate National Parks are notably rich in biological diversity due to the broad spectrum of habitats and unique geology within the parks.

Nearly 53 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles, and 11 species of amphibians call the Golden Gate National Parks their home during some part of the year.

The Golden Gate National Parks are also host to an extensively diverse array of plant species. Almost one third of California’s plant species are found inside of park boundaries.

Western snowy plover, photo by Jessica Weinberg Endangered Species >>
There are 35 federally threatened or endangered species in the parks. Most of the Park Stewardship sites host one or more of these special-status species.

Native fern Native Plant Information >>
Information on native plants within the Golden Gate National Parks.

Red-tailed hawk Raptors >>
Many species of raptors inhabit the Golden Gate National Parks; GGRO research programs study hawks in the Marin Headlands.

Native fern Wildlife Encounter Safety Tips >>
Information on what to do if you encounter wildlife within the Golden Gate National Parks.

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