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Golden Gate National Parks BioBlitz Reaches New Heights – National Geographic Society Press Room

I read this press release with delight and wondered how many species a BioBlitz would turn up in Golden Gate Park.  Wouldn’t it be interesting to compare? “SAN FRANCISCO (March 31, 2014)—After two intensive days of exploration and documentation, the Golden … Continue reading

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Golden Gate Park is a favorite running route.

“Nathan Yau at FlowingData created maps tracing popular running routes in 22 major cities and San Francisco is one of them.”   As a runner, I’m not surprised to see my favorite route show up bold on this map;  it … Continue reading

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Closing the park overnight

This week the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a long-discussed plan to close the park to the public from midnight to 5 a.m., citing vandalism and dumping as concerns.  City leaders approve overnight park closure plan | http://www.ktvu.com Opponents … Continue reading

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native plant strikes again

“Three San Francisco cops remain on disability after suffering “severe” reactions to poison oak during a Sept. 9 scuffle with a tree-branch-wielding homeless man in Golden Gate Park, police said Thursday.  The incident erupted about 9:15 a.m. when transient William … Continue reading

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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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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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victory gardens in golden gate park

Urban farming and community gardening have been time-tested in San Francisco.  Few people today realize that Golden Gate Park was a productive urban farm during World War II. ‘Victory Gardens, also called “war gardens” or “food gardens for defense”, were … 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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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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