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Help a Herp, Become a Bookworm!

Thanks to REI’s generous support of the 2010 GGNP Endangered Species Big Year, we are happy to bring you a new interim Big Year competition to win nature prizes during the month of June! From June 1 until June 30, any 2010 Golden Gate National Parks Endangered Species Big Year competitor that (1) completes the […]

Tiburon Paintbrush Habitat Restoration

Saturday, May 29, 2010, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Join Greg Reza of the Marin County Parks and Open Space District to help restore the Tiburon Paintbrush’s habitat. Lunch is provided. After the noon lunch, there is an optional 40 minute hike to see the Tiburon Paintbrush. This counts as a Big Year action Item for the […]

Go-Go Gobies! CANCELED

Sorry, this trip has been canceled due to the fact that Darren Fong, the trip leader has been called to help with the oil spill in the Gulf. You can still enjoy Endangered Species Day by participating with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy: http://www.parksconservancy.org/calendar Saturday, May 22, 2010, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Celebrate Endangered Species […]

Presidio Clarkia Monitoring

Thursday, May 20, 2010, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Join Michael Chasse of the National Park Service and Shelley Estelle of the Presidio Trust to monitor for one of the only remaining populations of the endangered Presidio Clarkia, a beautiful wildflower. This satisfies the GGNP Endangered Species Big Year conservation action item for Presidio Clarkia. […]

Congresswoman Speier Slowly Supporting Science-based Restoration

Congresswoman Jackie Speier has introduced a bill to spend a billion federal dollars and create a new federal office dedicated to San Francisco Bay wetland restoration. It’s a great sign that, after some early missteps, the Congresswoman finally understands the importance and timeliness of science-based wetland restoration projects. Now we need the Congresswoman to display […]

Oil and Equity

The Gulf Oil Spill is a heartbreaking disaster, more so because it could have been prevented if proper environmental review had been conducted before exploration occurred. And as oil reaches coastal communities and the explosion continues to spew carbon into the atmosphere, it is clear that those with the least resources to adapt to a […]

Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Habitat Restoration

Thursday, April 29th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Join Jennifer Maddox of the Golden Gate Audubon for an afternoon restoring habitat for the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse at Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline in Oakland. Participation counts as the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse action item for the Endangered Species Big Year competition; but because […]

May Day Is for Mission Blues

This week you’ll get one more chance to see the Mission Blue Butterfly with last year’s Big Year co-champion Liam O’Brien. With the recent sighting of a Mission Blue mud-puddling for reproductive success, this may be your best chance to see the species yet! Plus you can bend O’Brien’s ear for some tips on winning […]

Arrowhead Marsh in Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Park

Meeting spot is Arrowhead Marsh in Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Park, off of Swan Way, Oakland, CA 94621. For Public Transportation: Check with www.511.org Directions: From I-880 South take Exit 36 for Hegenberger Road toward the Coliseum/Oakland Airport, turn right onto Hegernberger Road, turn rigt onto Pardee Drive then turn left (east) on Swan […]

This Week’s Big Year Trip: Flying Pansies

This week get outside and search for the Mission Blue Butterfly with last year’s Big Year co-champion Liam O’Brien. With the recent sighting of a Mission Blue mud-puddling for reproductive success, this may be your best chance to see the species yet! Plus you can bend O’Brien’s ear for some tips on winning the Big […]

The Salmon Crossroads

Saturday, April 17, 2010, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Join fishery biologist Michael Reichmuth on this talk and walk discussing the coho salmon life cycle and, in particular, the changes salmon undergo during their freshwater to saltwater transition. The walk will include a visit to our downstream migrant trap where participants will view our current monitoring program […]

Search for the Mission Blue Butterfly

Saturday, April 17, 2010, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: Join butterfly monitors Susie Bennett and Caroline Christman, both from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, in the Marin Headlands to search for the endangered Mission Blue Butterfly in its beautiful and unique grassland habitat. They will lead you on a moderate hike where you will learn about […]

Golden Gate National Parks Earth Stroll

Saturday, April 17, 2010, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: Visit Wild Equity Institute’s table and learn about our local endangered species at the Golden Gate National Park’s Earth Stroll. Many fun-filled activities are planned for kids of all ages. The Earth Stroll will occur at the relocated Crissy Field Center, 1199 East Beach Drive, in the Presidio, […]

Secret Ridge, Endangered Wildflowers

Thursday, April 15, 2010, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Join Michael Chasse and Ellen Hamingson, ecologists and local botanical experts from the National Park Service, at Nicasio Ridge for a day monitoring rare and endangered plants, including the Tiburon paintbrush and the Marin dwarf-flax. Nicasio Ridge is usually closed to public access, so this is a rare […]

Northern Spotted Owl Hunting Grounds Restoration

Sunday, April 11, 2010, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Join Kevin Phuong to remove invasive plants crowding out Northern Spotted Owl hunting grounds and help promote the endangered bird’s population at Muir Woods. Note: this satisfies the Big Year Conservation Action Item. Meet at Muir Woods National Monument main parking lot, Muir Woods National Monument, […]

Climate, Coral Reefs, and Equity

Coral reefs provide billions of dollars of economic benefits to the world, and some 30 million of the poorest people on the planet are completely dependent on reefs for their livelihood and survival. But a new report on climate and biodiversity suggests that if we fail to stabilize carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere at […]

Coastal Erosion Forum

Sue Digre put this forum together with the help of Margaret Goodale. Attend if you can, it should be awesome! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In Pacifica, as elsewhere along the 700 mile coast of California, cliffs crumble and beaches wash away and return. Almost every year we are reminded that here along the San Mateo coastal erosion averages […]

More Legal Violations at Sharp Park Unearthed

December 15, 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: BRENT PLATER, WILD EQUITY INSTITUTE, 415-572-6989 MORE LEGAL VIOLATIONS AT SHARP PARK UNEARTHED GOLF COURSE HAS UNPERMITTED POLLUTANTS IN WATER ALL GOLF ALTERNATIVE WOULD VIOLATE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT SAN FRANCISCO— E. coli, fecal coliform, ammonia, phosphates, zinc, mercury, selenium, copper: these are just some of the pollutants found […]

Sea Watch for Endangered Sea Creatures

Sunday, March 14, 2010, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Join local naturalists for a sea watch looking for Marbled Murrelet, California Sea Otter, and Steller Sea Lion. Because you never know…you might get lucky! RSVP Required: see above and/or email mbzlat[at]yahoo.com. Meet at Louis’ Restaurant, 902 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, 94121 and then walk to the […]

California Least Tern Nesting Habitat Restoration

Sunday, March 14, 2010, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: California’s smallest tern is also its most imperiled. You can help prepare habitat for the California Least Tern’s nesting season while earning prizes through the GGNP Endangered Species Big year. Meet at the gate for the proposed Alameda Wildlife Refuge, northwest corner of the former Alameda Naval Air […]

Fish and Frogs at Muir Beach

Saturday, March 13, 2010, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Join Bob Flasher of the National Parks Conservancy at Muir Beach for a day of shared work to improve the habitat of a more natural creek and wetland system. Come improve the habitat for three species on the federal Endangered Species List: steelhead trout, coho salmon, and the […]

Mission Blue Butterfly Habitat Restoration

Saturday, March 6, 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 butterfly habitat in the Marin Headlands. Join Price Sheppy of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy at Alta Avenue , set atop a ridgeline above Sausalito and Marin City. Rain or Shine. […]

San Francisco Lessingia Habitat Restoration

Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Join the Presidio Park Stewards at the Lobos Dunes to remove invasive species and restore habitat for the San Francisco Lessingia. Meet at the Lobos Creek Valley parking area at the intersection of Lincoln Blvd, Bowley Street and Howard Road near the Presidio’s 25th Avenue Gate, Presidio, San […]

Snowy Plover Walk

Sunday, February 28, 2010, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Naturalist and Historian David Schmidt will lead a hike from the San Francisco Zoo to see snowy plovers. RSVP required: see above and/or email info[at]CaliforniaNatureTours.com. Everyone is welcome. Free. Meet at the corner of Sloat Blvd. and Great Highway, San Francisco, near the San Francisco Zoo.

Owl Wars

PROGRAM FULL. NO MORE RSVPs. Saturday, February 27, 2010, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.: Muir Woods marks the southern front in a battle for survival between two competing owl species. On this strenuous seven-mile dusk hike we will look and listen for the owls that make Muir Woods their home, learn more about their history and ecology, […]

Coho Salmon Habitat Restoration

Saturday, February 27, 2010, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: For thousands of years, coho salmon and steelhead have come back to Muir Beach. Coming up from the ocean they travel up Redwood Creek to spawn and die, thus nourishing the ancient redwood forest. Now, these species are on the brink of extinction. Join Bob Flasher of the […]

California Least Tern Habitat Restoration

Sunday, February 21, 2010, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: California’s smallest tern is also its most imperiled. You can help prepare habitat for the California Least Tern’s nesting season while earning prizes through the GGNP Endangered Species Big year. Meet at the gate for the proposed Alameda Wildlife Refuge, northwest corner of the former Alameda Naval Air […]

This Week’s Big Year Trip

This weekend we offer another opportunity to try and find the elusive endangered sea creatures of the Golden Gate National Parks, this time while doing some habitat restoration for non-Big Year species that call the Park home: Sea Watch and Habitat Restoration, February 20, 2010, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: Help protect and preserve the California coastline […]

Pacifica Climate Committee Urges Further Study at Sharp Park

The Pacifica Tribune recently reported on a letter written by Pacifica’s Climate Committee urging San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department to consider how climate change and sea level rise will impact the viability of the controversial Sharp Park Golf Course. In the letter the Committee states that the Department’s all-golf alternative report for Sharp Park […]

Sea Watch for Endangered Sea Creatures

Saturday, February 13, 2010, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Join local naturalists for a sea watch looking for Marbled Murrelet, California Sea Otter, and Steller Sea Lion. Because you never know…you might get lucky! RSVP Required: see above and/or email mbzlat[at]yahoo.com. Meet at Louis’ Restaurant, 902 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, 94121 and then walk to the […]

Beach Erosion Study session

Study Session BLUFF EROSION NORTH OF MANOR DRIVE, PACIFICA February 10, 2010 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. City Council Chambers 2212 Beach Blvd. Pacifica, CA 94044 Public Comments/Q&A – Please limit comments/question to three minutes Attend if possible to give input re beach armorning

Sea Watch for Endangered Sea Creatures

Saturday, January 30, 2010, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Join local naturalists for a sea watch looking for Marbled Murrelet, California Sea Otter, and Steller Sea Lion. Because you never know…you might get lucky! RSVP Required: see above and/or email mbzlat[at]yahoo.com. Meet at Louis’ Restaurant, 902 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, 94121 and then walk to the […]

Cosco Busan Oil Spill Restoration Beginning

More than two years after the Cosco Busan oil spill devastated San Francisco Bay, government agencies announced that they will move forward with restoration actions to mitigate for the harms caused by the spill. However, their plans aren’t final yet, and you can help ensure that restoration work benefits people and the plants and animals […]

Restore Twain’s Frog and the Beautiful Serpent

Saturday January 23, 2010, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Get your fingers dirty and help restore habitat for the critically endangered San Francisco garter snake, with a chance to see California red-legged frogs! Join Price Sheppy of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy for a day of planting around several newly created frog ponds at Mori Point […]

Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout Habitat Restoration

Monday, January 18, 2010, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Join naturalist and historian David Schmidt to restore the habitat for Coho Salmon and Central California Coastal Steelhead Trout. Have fun planting native seedlings and/or removing invasive plants to help restore the Muir Beach wetlands and give the Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout a place to transition from […]

Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout Walk

Saturday, January 16, 2010, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Join naturalist and historian David Schmidt on a moderate 3-mile journey and learn about the lives of Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout as the fish return from the Ocean to spawn in the waters of Redwood Creek. Dress for cold, wet weather and wear boots as […]

Mission Blue Butterfly 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 butterfly habitat in the Marin Headlands. Join Price Sheppy of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy at Alta Avenue , set atop a ridgeline above Sausalito and Marin City . Dress in […]

The Happiest Holidays & the Wild Equity Institute

Here at the Wild Equity Institute we spend most of our time concerned about the fate of our communities and the fate of our Earth—and we wield every fiber of our collective being to create a healthier and more sustainable global community for all. But the holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on […]

2010 GGNP Endangered Species Big Year Kick Off Celebration January 9, 1pm Sports Basement, Presidio

Announcing the 2010 GGNP Endangered Species Big Year! The 2010 Golden Gate National Parks Endangered Species Big Year begins January 1, 2010! Celebrate the incredible diversity of life around you by participating in the 2010 GGNP Endangered Species Big Year Kick-off Celebration on January 9, 2010 at 1pm at the Sports Basement in the Presidio. […]

Attend an Important Sharp Park Hearing Wednesday, December 16, 1pm, San Francisco City Hall Room 263

The Recreation and Parks Department released its controversial report about the future of Sharp Park last month. Now the San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s Government Audit & Oversight Committee will have an opportunity to hear from the Department—and from you—about the future we desire on this land. Please attend this important hearing on Wednesday, December […]

San Francisco’s Namesake Plant Found Seventy Years After Going Extinct in Wild

December 14, 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: BRENT PLATER, WILD EQUITY INSTITUTE, 415-572-6989 DRIVE-BY SCIENTIST MAKES MIRACULOUS DISCOVERY: SAN FRANCISCO’S NAMESAKE PLANT FOUND SEVENTY YEARS AFTER GOING EXTINCT IN WILD SAN FRANCISCO— A San Francisco resident recently got an astounding view while driving the Golden Gate Bridge—the first sighting of San Francisco’s namesake manzanita in […]

Wild Equity Institute Meets with Congresswoman Speier

Thanks to the thousands of calls, letters, and email messages sent by all of you, Congresswoman Jackie Speier met with a delegation of people working to build a better public park at Sharp Park on Monday, November 30. The Congresswoman heard our voice, but is continuing to chair behind-the-scenes meetings with the golf lobby—and without […]

Important Sharp Park Hearing December 16, 1pm San Francisco City Hall

The Government Audit and Oversight Subcommittee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s will hear a report on the Recreation and Parks Department’s fatally-flawed alternative report on the future of Sharp Park December 16, 1pm at San Francisco’s City Hall. The report has been heavily criticized by scientists, geologists, and biologists because it fails to […]