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Movie Night at Wild Equity

Wednesday, July 24, 6:30pm – 8:30pm: Please join Wild Equity for a screening of the film The Legend of Pale Male. The International Wildlife Film Festival called the film a “triumph of wildlife and the human spirit.” Enjoy light refreshments and learn about Wild Equity’s work to prevent the destruction of migratory bird nests. Discussion […]

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Butterfly and Local Communities

For Immediate Release, July 24, 2013 Contacts: Laura Horton, Wild Equity Institute, (415) 235-0492 Jonathan Evans, Center for Biological Diversity, (415) 436-9682 x318 Roger Lin, Communities for a Better Environment, (510) 302 0430 x16 Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Butterfly and Communities in Contra Costa County ANTIOCH, Calif.— A coalition of conservation and environmental justice […]

Sunday Streets: Tenderloin/Civic Center

The Sunday Streets Tenderloin/Civic Center route: Larkin St (Between O’Farrell and Grove), O’Farrell St (Between Larkin and Post), Post St (Between O’Farrell and Jones), Golden Gate Ave (Between Jones and Hyde), Hyde St (Between Golden Gate and Grove) For a more detailed map of Sunday Streets, go to Sunday Streets

Wild Equity Gets Crafty at Sunday Streets

Sunday, September 29, 11:00am – 4:00pm: Come get crafty at the Wild Equity Institute table at Sunday Streets in the Excelsior. We will be making frog masks!!! The Sunday Streets Excelsior Route: Senceca Ave (Between San Jose & Mission) and Mission St (Between Seneca & Avalon). While we make frog masks, we will be highlighting […]

Go-Go Gobies!

Friday, September 27, 9:00am – 11:00am: You are invited to join Wild Equity and Darren Fong, Aquatic Ecologist for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, to learn about and see the Tidewater Goby in its natural habitat. Then spend an hour helping clean-up beautiful Rodeo Lagoon. This is our first goby outing since 2010! Don’t […]

Wild Equity Gets Crafty at Sunday Streets

Sunday, September 08, 11:00am – 4:00pm: Come get crafty at the Wild Equity Institute table at Sunday Streets in the Western Addition. We will be making frog masks!!! The Sunday Streets Western Addition Route: TBD While we make frog masks, we will be highlighting and gathering support for Wild Equity’s campaign to restore Sharp Park […]

Wild Equity Lawsuit Brings Millions of Dollars to Antioch’s Communities, Endangered Species

For Immediate Release, July 8, 2013 Contacts: Brent Plater, Wild Equity Institute, (415) 572-6989 Shana Lazerow, Communities for a Better Environment, (510) 302-0430 × 18 Jonathan Evans, Center for Biological Diversity, (415) 436-9682 × 318 Legal Settlement Brings Millions of Dollars to Antioch’s Communities and Endangered Species ANTIOCH, Calif.— A legal settlement announced today requires […]

California Seablite Habitat Restoration

Saturday, July 6, 9:00am – 12:00pm: You are invited to join the Wild Equity Institute and the Golden Gate Audubon Society at Pier 94 to clear the weeds and make room for the endangered California seablite. In the 1960’s, the California seablite population was so small that the plant could only be found in Morro […]

Judge: Wild Equity Wins Lawsuit, Sharp Park Golf Course Must Pay $386,000 for Legal Violations

July 2, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brent Plater, Wild Equity Institute, (415) 572-6989
 Conservationists Win Lawsuit Sharp Park Golf Course Must Pay $386,000 for Illegally Killing Endangered Species San Francisco— U.S. District Judge Susan Illston today found that six conservation organizations “prevailed” in a lawsuit against the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department’s (SFRPD) Sharp […]

New Study Adds Urgency to Eliminating Nitrogen Emissions in Antioch

A recent, well-publicized study suggests that cost-effective methods for eradicating invasive weeds may harm the Lange’s metalmark butterfly, adding urgency to the Wild Equity Institute’s efforts to eliminate the underlying cause of weed growth in the species’ habitat: nitrogen deposition from power plants in the vicinity of the species’ last stand at the Antioch Dunes […]

Search for Twain’s Frog and the Beautiful Serpent

Sunday, June 30, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Join Brent Plater of the Wild Equity Institute to search for two of the most imperiled vertebrate species on the San Francisco peninsula: the California red-legged frog and the San Francisco garter snake. This will be a leisurely walk to enjoy the restoration work being conducted at […]

Explore the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, June 27, 10:30 am – 11:30 am: You are invited to join the Wild Equity Institute and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on a guided tour of the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. This is an opportunity to visit a unique area normally closed to the public. The Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge […]

Movie Night: San Francisco – Still Wild at Heart

Wednesday, June 26, 6:00pm – 8:00pm: Please join us for a screening of San Francisco—Still Wild At Heart, the award winning documentary directed by Melissa Peabody. Still Wild at Heart is a virtual case study of the arrival of coyotes in our urban communities. This film has been described as “uplifting, lyrical, moving” and “an […]

This Week’s Big Year Trips

This Week’s Big Year Trips We’ve got two exciting trips this weekend to help you see and save the GGNP’s endangered species. Hope to see you outside! Mission Blue Butterfly Habitat Restoration. Saturday, January 16, 2010, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Enjoy stunning vistas and work-off those holiday calories while removing invasive French Broom from Mission Blue […]

Engaging Allies for the Underfrog

The Wild Equity Institute has engaged dozens of allies in our campaign to build a better public park at Sharp Park, and our list of allies keeps growing. This weekend we had a fantastic tour of Mori Point and Sharp Park to give people the facts about restoration opportunities at Sharp Park, and to search […]

Big Year Coach’s Corner

The 2010 Golden Gate National Parks Endangered Species Big Year competition is heating up! The leader board is populated, but even nascent competitors could take the lead with a little effort. To help you out, we are instituting a Coach’s Corner to help you win the Big Year! We’ll have Big Year experts answer your […]

Search for Twain’s Frog and the Beautiful Serpent

Sunday, June 30, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Join Brent Plater of the Wild Equity Institute to search for two of the most imperiled vertebrate species on the San Francisco peninsula: the California red-legged frog and the San Francisco garter snake. This will be a leisurely walk to enjoy the restoration work being conducted at […]

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Wild Equity Featured in a New Book, Wild Ones

In a new book on animals in America, Wild Ones, Jon Mooallem dedicates nearly 100 pages to the Lange’s Metalmark Butterfly. He describes the storied history and destruction of their habitat in the Antioch Dunes, no longer actual sand dunes due to extensive sand removal and industry. He also describes some of the famous lepidopterists, […]

Sharp Park Golf Course Loses Even More Taxpayer Dollars

San Francisco’s endangered species-killing Sharp Park Golf Course cost San Francisco taxpayers $177,000 more than it earned during the 2011-12 fiscal year, according to a new analysis by the Wild Equity Institute. The analysis also demonstrates that the Recreation and Park Department will save money if it closes the course even if RPD is incapable […]

Recap: Brent Plater Talks Talking Ecology with Shaping SF

In front of a packed audience last month, Wild Equity Institute Executive Director Brent Plater discussed communicating science to the public with Azibuike Akaba, an Environmental Policy Analyst at Public Health Institute, and Rose Aguilar, a journalist and radio host of Your Call on San Francisco’s KALW. Listen to the audio archive of the entire […]

Sharp Park Golf Course Caught Killing Endangered Frogs, Tampering With Evidence

March 5, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Brent Plater, Wild Equity Institute, (415) 572-6989 Jeff Miller, Center for Biological Diversity, (415) 669-7357 Arthur Feinstein, Sierra Club, (415) 680-0643 Sharp Park Golf Course Caught Killing Endangered Frogs, Tampering With Evidence Coalition Seeks Quick Legal Action Over Violations of Law and Permits San Francisco— Conservation groups asked for […]

Talking About Ecology and Science in Public

Join a challenging conversation some have dubbed “environmental communications in the Anthropocene” to discuss the problems with presenting complex ecological information publicly. Rose Aguilar from KALW’s Your Call radio, Brent Plater of the Wild Equity Institute, and environmental scientist and climate change activist Azibuike Akaba discuss and debate issues of scientific literacy, critical thinking, basic […]

Rare Plant Treasure Hunt

Saturday, May 18, 9:00am – 1:30pm: The Wild Equity Institute is joining our friends from the California Native Plant Society to search for San Francisco’s rare plant populations. Search groups will be meeting at Fort Funston, Bayview Park, and Heron’s Head Park. Groups will meet at the three separate parks to look for and document […]

Endangered Species Day Celebration

Friday, May 17, 11:00am – 2:00pm: The Wild Equity Institute is going to be at the California Academy of Sciences to celebrate Endangered Species Day. Stop by the Wild Equity table to make a frog mask and learn more about how the Endangered Species Act helps protect the amazing biological diversity of the San Francisco […]

May 22, 7:30pm: Brent Plater Discusses the Anthropocene with Shaping San Francisco

Join a challenging conversation some have dubbed “environmental communications in the Anthropocene” to discuss the problems with presenting complex ecological information publicly. Rose Aguilar from KALW’s Your Call radio, Brent Plater of the Wild Equity Institute, and environmental scientist and climate change activist Azibuike Akaba discuss and debate issues of scientific literacy, critical thinking, basic […]

For People and the Plants and Animals That Accompany Us on Earth

In late October of 2012, Wild Equity Institute Executive Director Brent Plater was invited to a weekend workshop to discuss the future of the conservation movement with luminaries in several environmental fields. The following essay is one of several products we’ve produced based on that workshop. Back row, L-R: Michael Kellett, Brooke Williams, Michael Matz, […]

Rare Plant Treasure Hunt

Saturday, May 18, 9:00am – 1:30pm: The Wild Equity Institute is joining our friends from the California Native Plant Society to search for San Francisco’s rare plant populations. Search groups will be meeting at Fort Funston, Bayview Park, and Heron’s Head Park. Groups will meet at the three separate parks to look for and document […]

A Green Investment for You, Wild Equity, and the World

California members and supporters, I’m writing to let you know about a unique clean energy investment opportunity we recently learned about. Mosaic is an online platform that enables individuals to invest in solar projects being developed across the country. Warren Buffett has invested $4 billion in solar energy and now, with a minimum investment of […]

Earth Day Action for Environmental and Climate Justice

Monday, April 22, 12:00pm: Join the Wild Equity Institute and over 60 environmental and climate justice organizations on Earth Day to tell the White House, Congress, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop protecting polluters. It is time to start protecting our climate, our health, and our communities! Meet in front of the U.S. […]

Wild Equity Institute Gets Crafty at Sunday Streets

Sunday, April 14, 11:00am – 4:00pm: Come get crafty at the Wild Equity Institute table at Sunday Streets in the Mission. We will be making frog masks!!! The Sunday Streets Mission Route: Valencia Street (Between Duboce Avenue & 24th Street) and 24th Street (Between Valencia Street & Hampshire Street). While we make frog masks, we […]

Explore the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, April 13, 10:00 am – 11:00 am: You are invited to join the Wild Equity Institute and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on a guided tour of the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. This is an opportunity to visit a unique area normally closed to the public. The Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge […]

Lange’s Metalmark Butterfly

The Lange’s Metalmark Butterfly (Apodemia mormo ssp. langei ) is a brightly colored, fragile, and highly endangered butterfly that has been protected by the Federal Endangered Species Act since 1976. The species is endemic to the Antioch Dunes in Contra Costa County, and the only known extant population today is found at the Antioch Dunes. […]

Wild Equity Welcomes Back Laura Horton: as a Staff Attorney!

We’re excited to announce that Laura Horton, a long-time volunteer and law clerk, has joined Wild Equity as a Staff Attorney. She will be working with Executive Director Brent Plater and our amazing volunteers to help us unite grassroots conservation and justice movements to create a more equitable and sustainable world for all. Laura Horton, […]

Lecture at Mt. Diablo Audubon Society: What Nitrogen Deposition Can Teach Us About Birds, Butterflies, Native Plants, and the Future of Conservation

Thursday, April 4, 7:00pm – 9:00pm: Brent Plater, Executive Director of the Wild Equity Institute, will discuss the largely-unknown landscape of the Antioch Dunes. The Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge was created to protect extremely rare insects, and remains the only wildlife refuge specifically created for invertebrate conservation. An unforeseen problem threatens this dune community: […]

Search for Twain’s Frog and the Beautiful Serpent

Sunday, March 24, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Join Brent Plater of the Wild Equity Institute to search for two of the most imperiled vertebrate species on the San Francisco peninsula: the California red-legged frog and the San Francisco garter snake. This will be a leisurely walk to enjoy the restoration work being conducted at […]

2/22, 7:10pm: Brent Plater Discusses Wild Equity on KOWS, 107.3 FM

Brent Plater, Wild Equity’s Executive Director, will be interviewed on KOWS 107.3 FM’s Tommy’s Holiday Camp about Wild Equity’s work protecting people and the plants and animals within and surrounding the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. Listen in from 7:10-8:55pm to learn what nitrogen deposition can teach us about the future of conservation. Click here […]

Tune in for Wild Equity on the Radio – What Nitrogen Deposition Can Teach Us About the Future of Conservation

Brent Plater, Wild Equity Executive Director, will be interviewed on KOWS 107.3 FM’s Tommy’s Holiday Camp about Wild Equity’s work concerning the communities within and surrounding the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. The Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge was created to protect extremely rare insects, and remains the only wildlife refuge specifically created for invertebrate […]

Big Year Bike Ride

Saturday, October 20, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Join Wild Equity on a Big Year Bike Ride led by Brent Plater! The bike route will take you on a journey to view several threatened and endangered species within the Golden Gate National Parks: the Marbled Murrelet, Humpback Whale, Raven’s Manzanita, Stellar Sea Lion, […]

Wild Equity Unanimously Wins Rose Foundation’s 2012 Reality Grantmaking Award

In a reality grantmaking panel with $1,000 on the line, program officers from the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, the California Wildlands Grassroots Fund, the Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund, and the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment evaluated grant proposals from Wild Equity and five other groups live in front of over […]

Protections Sought for Endangered Frogs, Snakes at Pacifica’s Sharp Park

January 7, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Neal Desai, National Parks Conservation Association, (415) 989-9925 Jeff Miller, Center for Biological Diversity, (415) 669-7357 Protections Sought for Endangered Frogs, Snakes at Pacifica’s Sharp Park San Francisco — Conservation groups filed a legal appeal today to secure essential protections for endangered frogs and snakes that live at Pacifica’s Sharp […]

Holiday Happy Hour!

Friday, December 21, 2012, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm — Join the Wild Equity enviros for happy hour as we close-out the 2012 year and brainstorm on ways to get active in the environmental movement for the new year. We will also be saying good-bye to Brent as he journeys to the land down-under. Don’t […]

Golf Industry Front-group, San Mateo Politicians Caught Falsifying Official State Resolution on Sharp Park Golf Course

July 17, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Brent Plater, Wild Equity Institute, (415) 572-6989 Golf Industry Front-group, San Mateo County Politicians Caught Forging Senator’s Signature on Official State Resolution San Francisco — A controversial California Assembly Resolution requested by the San Francisco Public Golf Alliance, authored by Assemblyman Jerry Hill, and presented to the public by San […]

Help Move the World: Contribute to Wild Equity Today!

I’m starting this note with two short stories that inspired our work this year. After reading them, I believe you’ll be inspired to become a Wild Equity Institute member, so we can continue our extraordinary work. Recently I returned from a weekend workshop where I discussed the future of the conservation movement with giants in […]

Muir Woods Big Year Salmon Stroll

Sunday, December 2, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. — Join Brent Plater on another epic Big Year hike at Muir Woods to see the threatened Coho Salmon, Central California Coast Evolutionary Significant Unit, and the Steelhead, Central California Coast Distinct Population Segment. Witness the semelparous spawning behavior of the Coho Salmon and take an […]

Win a Patagonia Bag!

In December we are giving away a sling bag from Patagonia to the first person who a) completes the conservation action item for the Gowen Cypress, or b) records a sighting and/or action item for the Coho Salmon. The Gowen Cypress Action Item for the Gowen Cypress: Consider how to best save nature in an […]

Critical Sharp Park Legislation Hearing!

On Monday, November 19, at 1:00 p.m. in San Francisco’s City Hall Room 250, the Board of Supervisors will vote to remove a plan to redevelop Sharp Park Golf Course from the Significant Natural Resource Areas Management Plan, so that these two different projects with very different purposes can stand or fall on their own […]

Movie Night: Pale Male

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Join Wild Equity for Third Thursday Film Night with SF Environment. We will be showing the moving documentary, Pale Male, the story of a notorious red-tailed hawk who made his home above a 5th Avenue apartment building in New York City. A sensational movement transpired […]

It’s Time to Win Some Big Year Prizes!

Folks, we have some great prizes to give away during the remaining months of the GGNP Endangered Species Big Year! In November we are giving one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to Sports Basement. Here are the details: The first person to record a sighting for the Western Snowy Plover and fulfill the conservation […]

Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:30 pm: Pale Male Documentary

You don’t want to miss this coming Third Thursday Film Night with SF Environment! We will be showing the moving documentary, Pale Male, the story of a notorious red-tailed hawk who made his home above a 5th Avenue apartment building in New York City. A sensational movement transpired when the building’s co-op board ordered Pale […]

Plover Lovers Take a Hike!

Thank you to all who came out this weekend to search for, and help, one of the smallest and rarest shorebirds in San Francisco, the Western Snowy Plover. On Sunday, a group of birders and plover-lovers journeyed out to sunny Ocean Beach for a hike, led by David Schmidt, to find this tiny bird in […]

Gift Certificate Give-Away for the Snowy Plover!

In November we are giving one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to Sports Basement! Here are the details: The first person to record a sighting for the Western Snowy Plover and/or fulfill the conservation action item will be awarded a gift certificate to Sports Basement. The Conservation Action Item: Reduce Harassment for the Snowy […]

Western Snowy Plover Walk-about

Sunday, November 11, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. — Join us on a leisurely walk around Ocean Beach, led by Plover docent David Schmidt, to search for and help the threatened Western Snowy Plover. This small shorebird is highly threatened by human activities and habitat degradation. Join us to see this adorable species in […]

Sunday, Nov. 11, 11 am: Snowy Plover Walk-About

This weekend we will be heading out for a leisurely walk, led by David Schmidt, to see the endangered Western Snowy Plover at Ocean Beach. This small shorebird is highly threatened by off-leash dog disturbance and habitat degradation: but you can help it recover. Join us to see this adorable species in its largest remaining […]

Anna Sylvester Joins Wild Equity’s Board of Directors

The Wild Equity Institute is glad to announce that Anna Sylvester has joined our Board of Directors, serving as our newest Board Secretary. Anna Sylvester, Board Secretary. Anna traces her love of nature to her Swiss heritage. She is focused on “legacy living”, working to preserve species, habitats, and precious coastal areas (like Sharp Park) […]

More Reasons to Vote NO on B!

With the campaign mailer deluge hitting our mailboxes, it appears that the supporters of San Francisco’s Proposition B are spending almost as much money trying to pass the proposition as the City might generate with the bonds Prop B. authorizes! To cut through the clutter, the Wild Equity Institute provided some initial reasons to vote […]

Got Conservation Training? Apply for Training Grants Today!

Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders, an initiative aimed at mentoring and training up-and-coming leaders in conservation, is now looking for exceptional conservationists with over 3 years previous commitment to the environment, and at least 15 more years ahead of them in the field, is now accepting applications for its 2013 class. Successful applicants will be offered […]

Monthly Big Year Prize!

Hello GGNP Big Year participants! Today, October 1st, is the first day to start working towards the monthly GGNP Big Year prize. This month we are giving away a Better Sweater fleece scarf and beanie from Patagonia, perfect for staying warm when you’re out saving endangered species! Just be the first person to spot and […]

Vote Yes on Prop F, SF!

Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park was one of John Muir’s most treasured landscapes. But in one of San Francisco’s greatest environmental transgressions, a century ago the City built a dam across the Valley, and has been using a huge swath of the National Park as a water storage reservoir ever since. Today San […]

WCN Wildlife Conservation Expo

Saturday, October 13, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Join Wild Equity at the WNC Wildlife Conservation Expo. We will be tabling alongside many wonderful, environmental organizations dedicated to wildlife conservation. There will also be a speaker series with twenty of the world’s most committed wildlife conservationists. “Hear first-hand their stories of pioneering conservation […]

CANCELED! Movie Night: Pale Male

Event has been postponed for now. A future date is coming soon! Thursday, October 11, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. — Wild Equity is hosting a movie night at Sports Basement on Bryant St. We will be showing the moving documentary, Pale Male, the story of a notorious red-tailed hawk who made his home […]

TogetherGreen: Case Studies in Community-based Conservation with People in Mind

Join the Wild Equity Institute’s Executive Director Brent Plater for a panel discussion about innovative environmental education projects at the 2012 North American Association for Environmental Education Conference. The discussion begins at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 11 in Junior Ballroom 4 at the Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland CA 94607. Brent Plater, Wild […]

Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 am: WCN Wildlife Expo

Visit the Wild Equity Institute table at the WNC Wildlife Conservation Expo this Saturday, October 13, from 10 am – 5 pm. We will be tabling alongside many wonderful, environmental organizations dedicated to wildlife conservation. There will be several opportunities to meet wonderful organizations from all over the world, and hear stories about conservation efforts […]

Thursday, Oct. 11, 8:30 am: Wild Equity Presentation at National Enviro. Ed. Conference

Join the Wild Equity Institute’s Executive Director Brent Plater for a panel discussion about innovative environmental education projects at the 2012 North American Association for Environmental Education Conference. The discussion begins at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 11 in Junior Ballroom 4 at the Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland CA 94607. Brent Plater, Wild […]

Celebration for the Franciscan Manzanita!

Friday, October 5th, 2012, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. — Celebration for the Franciscan Manzanita! Join the Wild Equity Institute at the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA, 94110 to celebrate October 5: the day the Franciscan Manzanita finally becomes protected under the federal Endangered Species Act! We’ll […]

Vote NO on Prop. B San Francisco!

San Francisco voters: the Wild Equity Institute urges you to vote NO on Proposition B. Proposition B is a bond measure that puts the financial position of the park system at risk while implementing anti-environmental infrastructure projects in San Francisco’s last open spaces. For years the Recreation and Park Department, particularly under the leadership of […]

Humpbacks Spotted: Go Forth and Score Points!

On Sunday, September 23rd around 1pm, Golden Gate National Parks Endangered Species Big Year stalwart Matt Zlatunich observed several Humpback Whales from the Cliff House, well within the legislative boundary of the Golden Gate National Parks! From Matt: The leviathons were easily observable spouting and frolicking about. There was seemingly an abundance of food in […]