Sunday, November 07, 2010

A glimpse of the new El Polin

When the skies cleared this afternoon I visited the Presidio and got a view of the transformed El Polin area. Up the slope from the spring, and past the patch of restored habitat, a huge area has been freed from army-era landfill. The freshly contoured soil is now covered with the green fuzz of weedy grasses, sprouting quickly after the recent rains.

A great spot to see birds, El Polin did not disappoint. A flight of four American Kestrels took off from the brush when I neared a fenced off area. One came back and settled in a tall tree. What a spectacular bird.
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Saturday, October 09, 2010

In the meadow

We had a visit to Yosemite last weekend. The clouds were heavy Sunday morning.
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Friday, August 13, 2010


So exciting finding this Common Buckeye (Nymphaliidae) this afternoon in the Presidio at El Polin
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Friday, May 07, 2010

A dune is born

San Francisco has a new sand dune, bare for the time being but ready for native plants soon. In the Presidio just east of Battery Caulfield Road.
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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Scenes from rare wildflower monitoring

I joined an excursion Thursday to Nicasio Ridge, in the GGNRA, where the spring bloom was erupting in yellow energy and blue dicks.

Together with park rangers and community botanists, we tramped through ceanothus to count up the castilleja affinis ssp. neglecta, an endangered species, aka Tiburon Paintbrush.

We also estimated and geo-tagged population of a threatened perennial herb, Fragrant Fritillary.

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Hello, Eyjafjallajökull. Nice to meet you.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Scrub Jays return

Hello, scrub jays! I'm glad we left some twigs and roots for you in the garden. We haven't seen you since last spring.
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Saturday, March 13, 2010

I love Mona's murals

Greetings from Mona Caron's new mural in the Tenderloin.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

So much strange news today - a suicide bomber attacked the IRS in Texas, San Francisco's police chief wants our police to carry more lethal weapons. I started watching The Hurt Locker, then interrupted that to see a preview of a new production at ACT tonight: The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Yow, more bombs exploding and machine guns! Wacky accents and verbal takedowns, CNN/Fox style.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Habitat restoration at Battery East

Tree removal over the past few months has re-opened a stellar view of the Golden Gate from Battery East in the Presidio.

I just felt lucky to get to do habitat restoration in such a location. Removed non-native grasses and planted yarrow, native iris, lizard tail, sticky monkey, cow parsnip, nettle, sea daisy.

Nearby, last year's planting along the pathway is not so great looking - yet! There are hundreds of native plants, most of them in the ground for less than a year and they are slowly getting better established. The soil was incredibly hard there, and maybe they need a little more time to take root.
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Monday, February 01, 2010


After the storms of the last month, the hills of the Presidio are alive with bubbling streams and seeps, like this one near Inspiration Point.
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Blue Bike Rack

I loved all the blue on the bike rack at the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Branch Library on Sunday.
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Friday, January 15, 2010

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Happy New Year, news about The Share Fund

New Year with New Bike Racks
Originally uploaded by firesigned

A belated Happy New Year to my blog readers. Here I am welcoming 2010 at Ocean Beach.

On a completely unrelated note, a friend told me about her work with a local/global project, The Share Fund. This project promotes the understanding of indigenous cultures. It is supporting sustainable development in Ecuador, Kenya, and elsewhere.