Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

An Amazing Scene: Feathered Man High Atop Twin Peaks Confronting Strong Winds ‘Neath a Murder of Crows

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Dude was having a moment here, so I didn’t make it all the way up the hills we call Twin Peaks.

I’ll tell you, back in the day I’d see hawks and falcons patrolling the slopes of Twin Peaks. But now it’s flocks of crows / ravens? OK, but this is the first I’ve seen like this:

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Anyway, after going to the parking lot and coming back, Dude was still up there:

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He was having a Moment.

It must have been cold…

Does San Francisco Really “Need” a Coyote Mapping Mobile App Tool? – NOT AT ALL – And Yet, Here We Are

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Here you go, one of your purported CIVIC NEEDS:

“Animal Care and Control (ACC): Coyote Mapping Tool

Context: The Department of Animal Care and Control (ACC) is committed to the delivery of effective, courteous, and responsive animal care and control services to the residents of San Francisco. Coyotes play an important role in a healthy ecosystem by keeping the rodent population under control. Problems arise when people help coyotes lose their natural fear of humans by feeding and interacting with them and by not using vexing techniques to keep them fearful. Coyote safety is rapidly becoming a hot button issue for communities throughout the City.

Technology Tool: ACC seeks a mobile app that contains helpful information for the public about coyotes and has the ability to mark and map coyote sighting locations in the City and send alerts to the public.”

Or, in other words:

“San Francisco needs a mobile app to monitor coyote sightings…”

So who would install this app, this Foursquare For Specific Canines?*

I don’t know.

I mean, how would you get people to download the app?

And what’s its purpose – to get people to follow the rules here PLUS record recent sightings as if coyotes are at all dangerous?

Hey, is there a Porcine Mapping Tool out there? ‘Cause I have a recent sighting of useless pork barrel spending.

(And then we’re supposed to thank the Tech Bros for all they’ve done for us, now that they’ve “GIVEN BACK?”)

Thank You, Drive Through.

Who’s the Monster, who’s the Visitor?

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*Or is the idea to target frantic citizens who think they’ll be like volunteer spotters during the Battle of Britain only to discover, after reading through the webpage-of-coyote-tips-masquerading-as-an-app part of the app to discover that the Enemy Is Us? Mmmm… That’d be nice, but nobody’s going to download this app. Sry.

Oh, “DOG MANAGEMENT RULE BOUNDARY” Means “NO DOGS ALLOWED” AT ALL on Ocean Beach in the Sunset? Oh

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Yeah, me right near the beach
Right near my reach is the fire for the streets
If the feds test me, me gwan take aim
Crunch like Nestle, Snipe from the planes
Snipe like Wesley, punch like Hawaiian
Snipe from the planes, yeah we shoot while we flying

Take a look, here’s what our Feds have planned for Ocean Beach:

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Or, IOW, San Francisco is for plovers:

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Let’s take a look to some of the reasons why the Feds want to protect things and critters from dog owners. Here are some Western Snowy Plovers up north at Crissy Field:

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Dogs mess with the boids, that’s the problem:

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Now let’s head over to Ocean Beach. These aren’t snowy plovers, but the dogs don’t care:

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Actually, that’s one of the beefs of some of the unhinged dog activists, that volunteers keeping track of these critters can’t tell a rare plover from a quite-common sanderling…

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…but it’s real easy IRL.

Here we go, Ocean Beach again:

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There are pros and cons to banning dogs from most of Ocean Beach of course.

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But so far, attempts to fix things, like this…

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…haven’t really worked…

Antler House, Haight Ashbury

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

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Antler House/
Antler House/
It’s Not Your Fault!

RAT PATROL UPDATE: Rec and Park Takes Away Trash Cans at the Panhandle Playground, But Citizens Simply Replace Them with Garbage Bags

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Like this.

You know, for better or worse.

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Get up to speed on this pressing matter right here, but TRIGGER WARNING: Rats!

Oh Look, No More Garbage Cans at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Playground – Why? – Rats – Lots and Lots and Lots of Rats

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Bye bye new-school garbage cans – this is the west side, near Oak and Clayton, and the one on the east side of the playground just recently disappeared as well.

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Why? Because of all the roof rats. I hear tales of ppl seeing up to ten together, scrambling around, generally in the evening hours. Oh here’s the best shot I have at this particular location, taken from far away:

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Speaking of tails, if you see a rat with a tail longer than its body and you’re in Frisco, then you’re looking at a roof rat (Rattus rattus, I’m srsly), which is your basic black rat, I s’pose (as opposed to your Norway rat and whathaveyou)

And here’s what wants to eat it/them at the Panhandle Playground:

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So I suppose the closest trash can is now on the bike path near Fell and Ashbury (or maybe inside the Panhandle Bathroom, but I’ve never ventured inside there).

The Raptors of Rec and Park: Hawk Patiently Awaits Arrival of Roof Rats at Panhandle Playground

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Here’s what’s at the northeast corner of the Panhandle Playground in Golden Gate Park:

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And here’s what wants to eat it/them:

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Someday I’ll get a shot like this, except with a roof rat instead of a gopher.

Someday…

The Simple Joy of a Scuba Selfie at Our California Academy of Sciences

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

At the Philippine Coral Reef:

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California Academy of Sciences Fever – Catch It

But Is It Art? Huge DinoCar, Central Valley Near the I-80

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

In my day, we’d call this a brontosaurus, but then again we also called Frisco Frisco, plus at that time they learned us that Pluto was a full-on planet so oh well don’t listen to me, I’m sure they have a better word than brontosaurus these days, when kids don’t learn (how to smoke and) how to name dinosaurs from Flintstones reruns…

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The Rat Lady of Golden Gate Park – Is This a Roof Rat Model on the Bicycle Helmet of This Woman?

Monday, December 21st, 2015

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