Posts Tagged ‘botanical gardens’

The Red Foxes are Back in the West End of Golden Gate Park, Off of JFK Drive

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

After a period of time of no sightings of foxes in Golden Gate Park, it seems that they might be coming back, especially in the western end. They probably are able to travel back and forth to the Presidio and Land’s End fairly easily.

Here’s a report from Joyce W., who saw a Fantastic Mr. (or Mrs. Fox) yesterday:

“It was about 4:00 pm and the fox was within 15 feet of JFK BLVD at the far West end.
It was intently watching a gopher hole on a wide open patch of mowed lawn.
Two cars stopped and watched in silence which didn’t seem to bother the fox.
 It wasn’t until a jogger came by that the creature dashed into the woods.
I am 90% sure it was a Red Fox and not our local Grey Fox.  Very striking colour combination with the red, black and white.
How did these creatures end up in the park? Amazing.
 
I regret that my cell phone was tucked away.  I was mesmerized by the vision before my eyes and didn’t want to divert my gaze for a second.
I watched it be absolutely still for at least three minutes.”

So there you have it. Coyotes are a similar size, but they run with their tails down and they’re not red the way cute cute red foxes are. So let’s call this a reliable report of a red fox in the west end of GGP at the tail end of 2009. Elusive, aren’t they? (Not at all like San Francisco’s raccoons and parrots.) 

Here are photos of some east end foxes, from back in the day:

Foxes certainly don’t mind living in and around cities. Near Lincoln Boulevard in the Inner Sunset. Until we get some new photos, these old ones will have to do. Click to expand:

The last fox I photographed in Golden Gate Park. A wispy blur:

From 175 feet away in Strybing Arboretum. She’ll see you before you see her:

A kit (or pup or cub) with its mom:

Keep a look out, they’re out there somewhere.

Send in your reports or post them to Twitter, as Thrusty did.

The Lazy Allen’s Hummingbirds of Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Garden

Friday, February 6th, 2009

This tiny Allen’s Hummingbird at the Mexican Garden of the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park didn’t see the necessity for unnecessary hovering.

Just stick your tongue up there and num, num, num.

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The Hummingbirds of San Francisco Don’t Wait for Spring

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

This Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) was seen high above Golden Gate Park preparing for a display dive to impress the girls. These critters can start building nests during Christmastime, so keep a look out.

And this is the one species of hummingbird that can do tail chirps, as was revealed by UC Berkeley researchers last year. So keep an ear out as well.

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See animals such as this and others as well every first Saturday of the months at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens during the Birding Walk:

MONTHLY BIRDING FOR EVERYONE
This Birding Walk is especially designed for kids, age 7 and older, and their families, and focuses on the birds and flowers throughout the Garden. Participants are encouraged to bring a pencil and binoculars. Species from hummingbirds to hawks have been spotted! All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Meet at the Garden Bookstore near the Main Gate on the first SATURDAY of every month.
Co-sponsored by SF Botanical Garden Society, San Francisco Nature Education, and the Golden Gate Audubon Society.
When:         10am–12pm, Saturday, January 3, 2009
Cost:                  FREE

Good Luck in 2009, San Francisco. Things Will Get Better

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Spring is just around the corner at the lovely San Francico Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, and everywhere else for that matter, so let’s look forward to Spring and a great 2009.

Chin up, people! 

At the entrance to the Redwood Trail, click to expand. Get your Strybing-related podcasts on here.

All at once, the clouds are parted,
Light streams down in bright unbroken beams,
Follow our eyes as we look to the skies,
The shifting shafts of shining weave the fabric of our dreams

(Follow men’s eyes as they look to the skies.
The shifting shafts of shining weave the fabric of their dreams…)

Happy Holidays from SFCitizen

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

This is about as Christmas-sy as it gets around here, a little red, a little green, with a Strybing Arboretum hummingbird thrown in.

Say, have you heard about the bird?

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And now a word from our sponsor, which keeps the San Francisco Botanical Garden going, year after year.

“Help the garden continue thriving and providing habitat for many wonderful birds by giving to our end of year, Keep the Garden Thriving Challenge, or by becoming a member, or by volunteering! http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/

O.K. then. Happy Holidays!

(“Again, again, I love repetition!”)

What Happened to the Fences at Strybing Arboretum?

Monday, December 1st, 2008

This is the scene at the western end of popular San Francisco Botanical Gardens at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park. Officially, we only have the Main Gate and the Friend Gate for people to get in, but these days there are a few areas of squashed cyclone fence that function as open gates.

From an area near the Children’s Garden. Click to expand:  

Should “Thou Shalt Not Enter But Through Designated Entrances” be added to the Ten Commandments of Strybing?

Of course it could be that recent pruning has revealed fence holes that have been there a while, and it would be impossible to keep determined people out of the gardens at night anyway. But a solid foundation would seem to be called for here when repairs are made.

The people at the Botanical Gardens have a great 2009 shaping up anyway it looks like, with the “Echoes of Darwin” watercolor exhibit starting up next year. See details below. It’s all a part of Strybing’s involvement with mysterious Evolve2009, which is also sponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, and the California Academy of Sciences.

You’ll find out more about Evolve 2009 once they get the website at EvolveAlready.com (how cheeky!) fully operational. Here’s a preview:

Five Misconceptions about Evolution 

Evolution is a Fact and a Theory

God and Evolution: Can you accept both?


(Nothing controversial or anything!) 

Here are the details of the watercolor show, and check out the December 2008 schedule for Strybing after the jump.

See you there! Keep a lookout for the geese, and the foxes, and the quail, and the…

CALENDAR LISTING – ART EXHIBITS/GALLERIES:
What: “Echoes of Darwin” an exhibition of watercolors by the San Francisco Botanical Garden Masterclass Artists 

When: The exhibit is open to the public January 2 through March 31, 2009
            Library Hours: 10am-4pm, Open Daily

           Artists’ Reception celebrating Darwin’s 200th Birthday:
             5-7pm, Thursday, February 12, 2009
 
Where: Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture
               San Francisco Botanical Garden At Strybing Arboretum
               Golden Gate Park
                9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco

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The Rarest Passion Flower in the World Lives in Golden Gate Park.

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

This is the scene these days at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens (aka Strybing Arboretum). Can you see? It’s Passiflora parritae, the rarest passion flower in the world.

You can spot these vivid orange buds hanging off a Clethra suaveolenstree just south of the Chile area of Strybing.   

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A closer view:

This is the only animal that can pollinate this particular flower – Ensifera ensifera,the sword-billed hummingbird. But you won’t see this South American bird at Strybing.

via kookr’s photostream

Passiflora parritae might not be long for the world. You should try to notice it the next time you visit Golden Gate Park.

No More Foxes in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park?

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Back in the day, a few years ago, you could see Red Foxes in Golden Gate Park. No longer.

A vixen and her pup in Strybing Arboretum from several years ago:
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Some got run over by cars and others might have been poisoned. Seems like they’re no longer around.