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great horned owl chicks hatch in golden gate park

Golden Gate Park Owl Chick A great horned owl and owl chick were spotted in a nest across the street from the bison paddock in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on Sunday. Richmond District resident David Cruz kept an eye … 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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coyotes in golden gate park

It seems we may be seeing coyotes more frequently in Golden Gate Park, according to this recent column by C.W. Nevius, for SF Gate: ‘Four years ago, the city was in a tizzy over coyotes. It culminated with two of … 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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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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urban ecology: how native ants are faring in golden gate park

Have you been worrying about the health and safety of native ants in Golden Gate Park?  I recently realized that maybe I should be paying more attention to these small creatures.  This epiphany occurred after I read a scientific paper published … Continue reading

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