Wildlife

Mission blue butterfly seen landing on yellow flower.
Article
Wow, 40! It's eye-popping to think of all we've accomplished together since the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy was formed on Aug. 11, 1981. We wanted to look back at some of the people, park sites, and memorable moments that have made the biggest impact on the Parks Conservancy and...
Orange, black and white monarch butterfly seen landing on purple milkweed flowers.
Article
You can almost hear the resounding cry from the East Bay to San Mateo County to Marin: Let's help the monarchs! From our own backyards to the undulating landscape around Mt. Tamalpais, Parks Conservancy staff, partners, and our parks community are marshaling resources to study and help monarch butterflies.
Coyote in the Marin Headlands
Events
Enjoy this recording of our recent Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy membership event, "Coyotes in the GGNRA."
Aerial view showing the Quartermaster Reach wetlands
Gateways Article
For the first time in over 100 years, the Presidio’s Tennessee Hollow watershed will be connected to the San Francisco Bay.
Conservation
On 9/4, teams from GOGA NPS and the SF Zoo released western pond turtles at Rodeo Lagoon and Muir Beach in year 4 of their 5 year "Head Start" program.
Side-by-side photos two peregrine falcons, male on left and female on right.
Article
For the first time in recorded history, peregrine falcons have nested on Alcatraz Island! After months of observating the pair, park biologists have spotted two fledglings.
A coyote explores the Presidio of San Francisco.
Article
Spring is coyote pupping season in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Get tips on how you can safely enjoy the GGNRA alongside the wild animals that call it home.
San Francisco Critter Socks Collection.
Article
To help kids learn about park wildlife, we developed our San Francisco Critter Socks Collection. The collection celebrates three species that make their home in our park: raccoons, bobcats, and mule deer.
Green sweat bee (Agapostemon texanus) on flower
Article
In an era when insect declines are making international news, One Tam decided data about pollinators could help assess the resilience of Mount Tam’s ecosystems.
Horse Mounted Patrol out in the parks.
Park E-Ventures Article
The Horse Mounted Patrol is the only program in the GGNRA that allows volunteers to ride National Park-owned horses. The 43-year-old program is unique in that it’s run entirely by volunteers—some of whom have served for close to three decades.