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tagged Turkey Vulture
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I have always loved Turkey Vultures. It all started when I met Toulouse, the Turkey Vulture, when I was a volunteer at the Animal Resource Center at the San Francisco Zoo. As a GGRO Intern in 2008, I watched the Turkey Vultures do their wobbly, effortless soaring around Hawk Hill...
volunteers restore natural habitat using tools
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You have seen it, you have likely walked by it countless times, but what really is ice plant and what are its effects on our parks?
fog drifts through a coastal forest
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Fog is a staple of San Francisco and its surrounding neighborhoods, especially in the summer. How do the natural ecosystems of the area take advantage of this mysterious mist?
two people smile for the camera while holding plants they removed during a volunteer event
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The National Parks have a never ending “To-Do” list and a great portion of this list is taken on by our amazing volunteers. This season we are pointing a spotlight to a very special volunteer who has been working with us for almost a year!
Myotis yumanensis (Yuma myotis)
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Did you know that there are bats in California? Or even in the Bay Area? Not only do we have a large bat population in this region, but bats are an essential part of California’s ecosystems and they may be at risk.
Salix lasiolepis (Arroyo Willow)
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Do you know the wonders of the willow? A native plant of the Bay Area, the willow has cultural and medicinal significance.
A trail cuts through tall grasses in a green field overlooking rolling hills in Rancho Corral de Tierra
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Only about 1 percent of original grasslands remain in most of California. Read about what caused the decline of grassland habitat throughout much of the state, as well as efforts by the Parks Conservancy and volunteers to help maintain and restore habitat for our endangered and threatened species.
Attendees form a circle during an event
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The indigenous Ohlone people were the first to live, steward, and walk in the coastal hills and scrubland of San Mateo County and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Read about the legacy of their stewardship and the evolving relationship between indigenous people and the parks.
Boardwalk trail along Redwood Creek through Muir Woods
Park E-Ventures Article
Here is a list of our top accessible trails you can enjoy on your next visit to the Bay Area or if you’re a local, on your next weekend.
Researcher wearing white gloves holds a bat delicately in hands
Park E-Ventures Article
The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, a plague-like disease decimating species of hibernating bats in North America, has been found in California.
Lands End overlook with views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Park E-Ventures Article
The wonderful idea of the newly unveiled San Francisco Crosstown Trail is to make one big link, from Candlestick Point to the Presidio and Lands End, so you can walk or bike from one end of the city all the way to the other.
A group of interns pose together outside of a building while smiling at the camera
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It’s time to meet the new trail interns! Get to know the fresh faces.