The Golden Gate National Parks Endangered Species Big Year is a race against time to observe each of the 36 endangered and threatened species found within the Golden Gate National Parks, while taking 36 discrete conservation recovery actions that will prevent these species from going extinct. It is a competitive event: the person who sees and helps the most species between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012, will win the Big Year.
The GGNP Endangered Species Big Year will enable you to explore the diverse habitats of the GGNP while helping each of the 36 endangered and threatened species that call the Park home. In the process, we hope you will discover the humility, compassion, and hope embodied in the legal protections for this land and our imperiled neighbors.
Here is how the GGNP Endangered Species Big Year works:
- Sign-up for the 2012 Golden Gate National Parks Endangered Species Big Year. Signing up is a two-step process: first join the Wild Equity Institute’s on-line community to become a registered user of this website. An e-mail will be automatically sent to your e-mail account confirming your registration and giving you instructions for the next step. Second, click on the link in the e-mail automatically sent to you, and on the page where you land fill-out the form to become an official registrant in the Big Year Competition. If you have problems, e-mail us and we’ll help you out!
- Review and download your checklist of the 36 listed species found in the GGNP and the 36 conservation action items you can take to help these species recover.
- Check-out the calendar of GGNP Endangered Species Big Year events for special trips to observe endangered species and opportunities to help them recover, and sign-up for some trips. Or explore the park on your own.
- In order to check one of the 36 federally protected threatened or endangered species off your list, you must observe the species alive while you and/or the species are within the GGNP’s legislative boundary.
- If you are within the legislative boundary but the species is outside of the legislative boundary (for example, you witness a Humpback Whale breaching 5 miles off the coast while you are standing on Ocean Beach) you can still count it as a sighting. Similarly, if the species is inside the boundary but you are outside of the boundary when you observe it, you may still count it as a sighting. However, if both the species and you are outside the legislative boundary when you observe it, you may not count it as a sighting.
- In order to check one of the 36 conservation action items off your list, you need to complete the specific conservation action item listed on the checklist: no substitutions allowed. The action items are located at the bottom of each species’ page.
- All participants must agree to comply with the Endangered Species Big Year’s Ethical Principles. No exceptions.
- All sightings and all conservation action items must be completed no sooner than 12:00:00 a.m. on January 1, 2012, and no later than 11:59:59 p.m. on December 31, 2012.
- The Big Year runs on the honor system. No one will be looking over your shoulder to make sure you fill out your checklist accurately, but highly unusual sightings may be subject to verification.
- Enter all of your sightings on the Big Year web site.
- Build a conservation community by using the tools on the Wild Equity Institute’s website to communicate with other competitors. You can opt into forum discussions when you signup for the Big Year competition, but if you want to be added or dropped later, just e-mail us and we’ll help you out!