Posts Tagged ‘beaches’

Monomaniacal Single-Issue Voting Run Amok: “DogPAC: I Have a Dog and I Vote!”

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

I’ll tell you, Supervisor Scott Wiener, for one, lives in fear of running afoul of these people, the very same people who vandalize the “no dogs allowed” signs our Feds put up on certain parts of our Federal lands:

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Our Feds wonder why Bay Aryans can’t abide the rules the rest of America accepts with no trouble at all…

So look out, little Western Snow Plover. The dog pacs of the world say that you’re nothing special and that, in fact, you don’t even exist – they say there’s no such thing as a Western plover anything. OK fine.

As seen at Ocean Beach near Taraval, 1200mm focal length:

Good luck, little plover.

The Feds Make a Deal to Set Aside More Space for Western Snowy Plovers, San Francisco’s Cutest Birds

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

The Center for Biological Diversity is crowing about more room being designated for the Western Snowy Plover along the west coast.

San Francisco isn’t getting more space for these critters but they already have as much as they need here now, not that some area dog owners agree with the way things are these days.

Anyway, here are some San Francisco Snowy Plovers and the also the deets of the new agreement with the Feds are below.

(Oh, and remember, as always, plover rhymes with lover.)

A snowy plover on Ocean Beach _not_ being harassed by a dog:

Now, Ocean Beach Dog, ooh, somebody over there got an off-leash ticket from the Feds a looooong time ago. (Can you guess what year by looking at the website design? Sure you can.) Oh well. Well, the Feds don’t like Ocean Beach Dog and people what behave like Ocean Beach Dog. The Feds consider us Whacko City, USA because of outfits like OBD, oh well.

Most dogs don’t bother the boids, of course. Can you see the snowy plover?

But some dogs do harass the birds. (These aren’t actually snowy plovers near Lawton and the Great Highway but the dogs don’t know or care about that.)

(Get those Ocean Beach birds, good boy!)

And here’s the sitch up in Crissy Field:

See the birds, see the unleashed dog?

Is is surprising to you that an unleashed dog could find and chase these plovers? What was surprising to me was to hear that this particular boid flew up from Morro Bay (where it was banded and which is like way south of here) all the way up to the Marina District:

Keep on keeping on, plovers:

More Than 24,000 Acres of Critical Habitat Protected for Western Snowy Plover

PORTLAND, Ore.— In response to a Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 24,527 acres (38 square miles) of critical habitat to protect the Pacific Coast population of threatened western snowy plovers in Washington, Oregon and California.

“Protecting critical habitat will help this lovely shorebird continue on the path to recovery,” said Tierra Curry, a conservation biologist at the Center. “Species with federally protected habitat are more than twice as likely to be moving toward recovery than species without it, so this puts a big safety net between plovers and extinction.”

Western snowy plovers breed primarily on beaches in southern Washington, Oregon, California and Baja California. Today’s designation includes four critical habitat units in Washington (covering 6,077 acres), nine units in Oregon (covering 2,112 acres) and 47 units in California (covering 16,337 acres).

Snowy plovers were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 1993, when the coastal population had dropped to 1,500 birds and plovers no longer bred at nearly two-thirds of their former nesting sites. That Endangered Species Act protection allowed the population to increase to more than 3,600 adults by 2010.

Plovers are recovering but still face many threats, including widespread and frequent disturbance of nesting sites by humans, vehicles and off-leash dogs; crushing by off-road vehicles; global climate change; pesticide use; and habitat loss.

The western snowy plover was first granted 19,474 acres of critical habitat in 1999. In 2005 the Bush administration illegally reduced the critical habitat to 12,145 acres, eliminating protection for thousands of acres scientists believed necessary for the snowy plover’s survival and abandoning key habitat areas crucial for recovery. In 2008 the Center sued over the unlawful reduction of the plover’s habitat protections, leading to a settlement agreement with the Service and today’s revised designation.

Today’s final rule includes the reinstatement of habitat areas identified by government scientists as essential that were improperly withdrawn in 2005; inclusion of some areas not currently occupied by plovers but important for their recovery; and addition of habitats such as back-dune systems in an attempt to offset anticipated effects of sea-level rise caused by climate change.

The western snowy plover is a shy, pocket-sized shorebird that weighs less than two ounces and lives for three years. Plovers forage for worms, insects and crustaceans in wet sand and in kelp that has washed ashore. The word “plover” is thought to come from the Old French”plovier” or “rain bird” because plovers were seen on sandy French beaches during spring rains.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 375,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.”

Oh, and also remember that San Francisco is for Plovers:

Better Know Your Pacific Ocean Beaches of the Bay Area: NASA Photos Shows Half Moon Bay to Point Reyes

Friday, July 15th, 2011

NASA just posted a photo from the last Space Shuttle flight. It’s big, like 4000 pixels.

Here are some annotations. (The white line is the mighty San Andreas fault.)

Click to expand.“This image featuring the San Francisco Bay area was recorded with a still camera using a 180-mm lens by one of the Expedition 26 crew members aboard the International Space Station, flying 220 miles above Earth.”

And here’s the plain version at 1800 pixels:

Surf’s up.

Meet MUNI’s Most Popular Bus Route, the #76 Marin Headlands – Only on a Sunday

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Finally, the Yelpers agreethe 76 Marin Headlands rulez!

Check it, Per Helen L:

“I hate that this bus ONLY runs on Sundays and certain holidays.
I hate that this bus ONLY runs once an hour.
I hate that this bus stops running in the evening.
However, this is still the bestest MUNI route EVER!!!”

Here it is, in action near the Golden Gate Bridge:

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See you on the 76!

All the deets after the jump

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Precautionary Closure of Western Beaches and the Great Highway This Morning – Tsunami Warning Due to Japanese Quake

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management is up early today, concerned about a possible small tsunami hitting San Francisco due to the recent 8.9 earthquake near Sendai, Japan.

Per Capt. Richard Corriea of Richmond Station:

Officers have closed the Great Highway to vehicle traffic between Balboa and Skyline Blvd. Please avoid the area.”

And Mayor Edwin Lee will be at our Emergency Operations Center bright and early this A.M. as well.

Deets below.

Via tofuart

This went out at 6:17 AM today:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 11, 2011
Contact:  Department of Emergency Management

*** PRESS RELEASE ***

SAN FRANCISCO CONTINUES TO MONITOR TSUNAMI WARNING
Precautionary Closure of Beaches and Great Highway

San Francisco, CA – The City and County of San Francisco continues to monitor the Tsunami warning issued this morning and is assessing risks to California Coastal areas. As a precaution, the Police Department has closed the upper and lower Great Highway and the National Park Service has closed Ocean Beach, Baker Beach, China Beach, and Fort Funston.

This is in response to the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan, which caused a tsunami warning to be issued for the US West Coast, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (DEM) has activated the City’s Emergency Operations Center.  DEM is currently in contact with the California Emergency Management Agency.

The City has not ordered an evacuation.  Residents are advised to monitor local media for information updates.”

UPDATE: And here’s his statement:

MAYOR EDWIN M. LEE’S STATEMENT ON THE RECENT EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI IN JAPAN

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan:

“On behalf of the residents of the City and County of San Francisco, I extend our deepest condolences to the people of Japan and to the families and friends of those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck there today.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been impacted by this tragedy. I have contacted the Counsel General of Japan in San Francisco with our expression of sympathy and our willingness to join any international assistance effort.

We will continue to monitor the tsunami warnings that have been issued for the California coastal regions and act accordingly. This is a stark reminder to our City that we must always be prepared for the next disaster to ensure our families are safe.”

Some of the Nude Beaches in Marin County Can be a Little Hard to Get to These Days

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

You’ll have to figure out for yourself just exactly where in Marin County this nude beach is, in this mostly-SFW photo from a while ago. The place was officially closed at the time due to an unsafe stairway and it’s more-than-likely officially closed at this time.

But actually, your nudist types like out-of-the-way places anyway, the kind that require long descents from the nearest road.

Now, your San Francisco Bay Guardian occupies the field of nude beach field scouting – their link appears to be down right now but feel free to give a try later on.  

The nude types were to the east of the stairway and the never-nudes were to the west - it all worked out. All the while, a couple of fun fearless females felt free to parade up and down the whole beach by the low tide line, on the catwalk, they did their little turn on the catwalk, yeah on the catwalk, on the catwalk, yeah, they did a little turn on the catwalk for about half-hour:

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By the way, is there a special law that disallows photography on Public Nude Beaches? Not that I’m aware of.