Category Archives: urban ecology

the ecology of the park, including humans

Did you know that you could be spreading Golden Gate Park Honey on your breakfast toast these foggy mornings?  Disadvantaged bees make it;  they have been rescued and relocated to a rooftop near Golden Gate Park out by Ocean Beach.  The … Continue reading

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coyote pups In golden gate park

“Although coyotes have been in Golden Gate Park since 2007, the Huffington Post reported last April that the animals were becoming more agressive in order to protect their young. Now we have the pictures to prove it.Cruz, however, doesnt just … Continue reading

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heron watching in golden gate park

“Its a sight to behold: an elegant four-foot tall heron slowly stalking across the field above the Big Rec baseball diamonds in Golden Gate Park. Suddenly, from a motionless stance, it strikes out and nabs an unsuspecting pocket gopher, swallowing … Continue reading

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central park, new york (notes): diagnostic lab for an 843-acre patient

It’s always interesting to see what’s going on in the mother park! This is from today’s New York Times: ‘On a recent morning inside a nondescript laboratory building in the middle of Central Park, Tina M. Nelson was watching for … Continue reading

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new bison arrive at golden gate park

‘Far longer than there’s been a Golden Gate Bridge, Treasure Island or Coit Tower, there were bison roaming Golden Gate Park. ‘The first herd moved into a  pen in the park’s Music Concourse in 1891, and to its current west-end … Continue reading

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pocketing gophers in golden gate park and golf courses

‘Sheila Bradford [a gardener with the Recreation and Parks Department] has recorded on a tally sheet the 1,290 gophers she’s trapped in city parks the past two years: 1,004 at Alta Plaza Park, 239 at Crocker Amazon Park, 12 at … Continue reading

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urban ecology: duckweed and african frogs clog golden gate park pond

‘About a decade after a quickly growing weed and a vicious frog species infested a secluded pond in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco officials say they are close to a solution.  Once a crystal-clear reflecting pond sequestered on a short … Continue reading

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urban evolution right under our noses

by Carl Zimmer, New York Times, July 25, 2011 ‘Dr. Munshi-South has joined the ranks of a small but growing number of field biologists who study urban evolution — not the rise and fall of skyscrapers and neighborhoods, but the … Continue reading

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New York Moves to Stop Foraging in City’s Parks

A recent article in the New York Times about foraging in city parks is food for thought.   People collect mushrooms in Golden Gate Park (Google “picking wild mushrooms in golden gate park).  Not sure what else.  Here’s what’s going … Continue reading

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quail in golden gate park

According to the Golden Gate Audubon Society web page: “The haunting call of the California Quail, the California State bird, is now rarely heard in Golden Gate Park. Historically, San Francisco’s streams and coastal scrub vegetation provided the food, cover, … Continue reading

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