Posts Tagged ‘resident’

The “World’s Most Rodent-Packed Island” is in San Francisco – When Will We Let the Feds Kill the Mice on South Farallon?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Here we go, from the USA Today from a few months back:

“Those suffering from musophobia would be wise to steer clear of the South Farallon Islands. The archipelago, which sits just 27 miles off San Francisco, is the most rodent-dense island in the world, with an average of 500 Eurasian house mice occupying each of its 120 acres (that’s 60,000 total).”

Now I’ll tell you, I have had it with these motherfucking mice on this motherfucking island.

So why don’t we finally get rid of them, like this:

South Farallon Islands Invasive House Mouse Eradication Project: Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement

(That’s posted on a either pro-mouse or anti-mouse website – I just can’t tell and don’t really care.)

A few years back, up in Alaska, the Feds killed off all the rats on Rat Island in the Rat Island Group:

THE RAT ISLAND RAT ERADICATION PROJECT: A CRITICAL EVALUATION OF NONTARGET MORTALITY - Final report issued December 2010

See? That was a huge success. Now the chopper pilots were nervous up there ’cause a big storm was coming so they wanted to bug out of there with a quickness so they didn’t follow their marching orders very well so more bald eagles died than was necessary. But they killed all the rats on Rat Island, hurray!

All we need to do is nothing. Then the feds can get off their asses and start killing all the mice.

“More study” is NOT needed.

That’s your update.

A relatively fog-free day in the Sunset District.

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Through the tinted glass of the ginourmous windows of Yelp-rated Sava Pool

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From a higher sperspective in the Twin Peaks area, on an exceptionally clear morning.

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Can you see the lighthouse on the top of South East Farallon Island?

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Noisy Canon 10D at 840mm, from Christmas Tree Point Road, a skosh more than 30 miles away…

The Wild Coyotes of Golden Gate Park: Richmond District Resident Gets Some Great Shots on Easter Sunday

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Look what Richmond District resident and photographer David Cruz spotted yesterday afternoon:

“Early this morning, I was walking through the forrest on the West end of Golden Gate Park when I saw 2 ears and 2 eyes watching me. I stood still and was able to take a few pictures.

Big ears like an Easter Bunny but it turned to be an Easter coyote :)

Via David Cruz – click to expand

I’ve never been this close to a coyote in San Francisco and I haven’t seen any lately…

It’s good to know that San Francisco’s urban coyotes can live in peace out there…

 

The Feds Don’t Know Jack About Solyndra or the Central Subway, But They DO Know How to Kill Mice on the Farallones

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Obviously, non-targeted species will be affected when the Feds airbomb the Farallon Islands with rodenticide to kill all those mice.

Like this one. See it? Here’s the big version, via nature photographer Jenny Erbes.

But so what. What’s the deal?

This is one of the things that the feds do right.

Like, they were so effective up north not too long ago that Rat Island will need a new name after 229 years.

So, hurry up Feds, we’re waiting on you…

Alaska’s Rat Island is Free of Rats after 229 Years, So Why Can’t Our Farallon Islands be Free of Rodents as Well?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

You see, the Feds had a plan to kill the famous rats of Rat Island, Alaska and they did that, with extreme prejudice, just a few years back.

See? No more Japanese rats from that shipwreck of the 18th century:

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So why can’t the Feds do the same thing with our Farallon Islands?

Get cracking, Feds.

Oh Marin, You So Crazy (OMYSC)! Saving the Non-Native, Bird-Killing Siberian House Mice of the Farallon Islands

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

You know, one of these days, I’ll start a half-assed non-profit, pay myself a six-figure salary, put the wife on staff, hire the kids too, put cute animal pictures on the homepage to keep the cash coming in – whew, good times.

Anyway, unrelated to that, srsly, comes now WildCare Bay Area to object to the Feds’ plans to airdrop a couple tons of poison on the Farallones (or Farallon Islands, (Spanish for pillars or “rocky outcrop,” see comments)) to kill the thousands of resident, non-native house mice what eat the eggs of endangered native birds.

Like this one. See it? Here’s the big version, via nature photographer Jenny Erbes.

Via Los Farallones

All right, enough of Marin, let’s hear from the people on the scene:

Dec 31, 2010
In general, however, it is known that owls are an opportunistic eater, feasting on the introduced house mice, but also preying upon songbirds, small seabirds (such as the ashy storm-petrel), beetles, and other terrestrial invertebrates …

May 25, 2010
While they rate very high on the cuteness quotient, overwintering Burrowing Owls are major predators of storm petrels during the spring, after abundant housemice have their seasonal population crash. Western Gulls also take many storm …
Feb 19, 2007
In 1969, south farallon was declared a national wildlife refuge. the lighthouse was automated in 1972, ending 117 years of continuous occupation. the last rabbit and cat were removed from the islands in 1974…

In closing, Marin, You So Crazy!

A relatively fog-free day in the Sunset District.

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Through the tinted glass of the ginourmous windows of Yelp-rated Sava Pool

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From a higher sperspective in the Twin Peaks area, on an exceptionally clear morning.

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Can you see the lighthouse on the top of South East Farallon Island?

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Noisy Canon 10D at 840mm, from Christmas Tree Point Road, a skosh more than 30 miles away…

Breaking the Code: Why are These Colorful Marks All Over San Francisco Sidewalks These Days?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

It’s a Mystery…

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[UPDATE: It’s no longer an mystery – it’s all about mosquito abatement, per Bill in the Comments section. So cyclists drop a pill or whatever they drop and then leave a colored mark to show the job was done.

As they say, Mors Ab Alto (Death From Above). Thanks Bill!]

An Early Morning Shot from Sky1Ron Shows Just What Kind of Nothingburger Treasure Island Actually Is

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Sky1Ron, San Francisco’s very own Arnie Pye In the Sky, has another nice shot, this time from sunrise above Alameda County.

That three-foot-high sand spit you see jutting into San Francisco Bay is your vaunted Treasure Island.

Doesn’t look like too much, huh?

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And here’s how she appeared 75 years ago. Is this terra all that firma?

Borne on the wings of time
It seemed the answers were so easy to find

Too late, the prophets cry
The island’s sinking, lets take to the sky

OMG, Attention Treasure Island Residents: Mayor Gavin Newsom Wants You to Serve on Development Authority Board!

Friday, October 15th, 2010

This is your chance to become the next Big Macher of Treasure Island. All’s you have to do is shoot an email to “Gavin” (really it’s his staff, but whatever). 

And then, if you’re lucky, you’ll be able show up for the Cattle Call at City Hall. Dress nice, be sure to suck up, can’t hurt.

And then, if you’re lucky, you’ll be granted a seat on the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) Board of Directors, along with six other souls.

That’s my overture to you, all the deets are below.

TI, the Magical Sandbar:

As seen from San Francisco. Click to expand

Borne on the wings of time
It seemed the answers were so easy to find

Too late, the prophets cry
The island’s sinking, lets take to the sky

MAYOR NEWSOM INVITES INTERESTED TREASURE ISLAND RESIDENTS TO APPLY FOR TREASURE ISLAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Gavin Newsom today invited interested Treasure Island residents to apply for one seat on the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) Board of Directors.  The candidate must be a resident of San Francisco and must live on Treasure Island.

The TIDA Board of Directors makes policy decisions critical to the future of Treasure Island, approves large contracts, approves TIDA’s annual budget, and acts as both the redevelopment agency and the trustee of the Tideland Trust for Treasure Island.  All seven members are appointed by the Mayor, with certain seats approved by the Board of Supervisors.

“The entire City will benefit from the new, environmentally sustainable community planned for Treasure Island, but it’s critical that we maintain a resident’s perspective to help oversee the transformation,” said Mayor Newsom. “Calling the island home provides a unique experience and a voice for the community as we embark on a new era for Treasure Island.”

The deadline for submission of applications is November 15, 2010.  Applicants interested in receiving an application should email gavin.newsom@sfgov.org or call 311.

Civil Sidewalks (aka Sit Lie Law) Update: Kick Off Rally in Haight Ashbury This Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Say what you will about the Civil Sidewalks people, but, no matter, you can’t say that they are afraid to enter the Fortress of Reaction, the Belly of the Beast. ‘Cause they’re going to Bring It to the Upper Haight this Saturday morning.

You know, everybody will be there, starting with Mayor Gavin Newsom and SFPD Chief George Gascon, starting at 10:00 AM

Get all the deets from the BOMA, below.

Haight Street on any given Saturday:

 

Ashbury Street on free Ben & Jerry’s day:

The deets:

UPDATE: Civil Sidewalks | Campaign Kick-Off Rally on October 9, 2010

UPDATE – As of October 4, 2010

BOMA San Francisco Members:

Join Mayor Gavin Newsom and Chief of Police George Gascon at a Civil Sidewalks campaign kick-off rally on Haight Street this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The Mayor will be there to meet you and thank you for your support and commitment to restoring civility to our sidewalks. Please join us and be sure to bring your family and friends!

Civil Sidewalks Campaign Kick-Off Rally with
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Chief of Police George Gascón
October 9th @ 10:00 am
FTC, 1632 Haight Street

This is a family-friendly event – there will be fun activities planned for all attending children!

This rally will send a strong message that San Franciscans are serious about creating safe, civil sidewalks for residents and businesses across the City.

Please take a moment to watch the video above ( click here to view the video on YouTube if you can’t see it) of community leaders in support of the Yes on Proposition L, for Civil Sidewalks, and No on Proposition M effort. 
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The time has come to rally around the most important issue facing San Francisco’s neighborhoods and commercial corridors; Yes on Proposition L, for Civil Sidewalks, and No on Proposition M, the “poison pill.” ‘

Who wants Civil Sidewalks?
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Chief of Police George Gascon
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd
Supervisor Carmen Chu

900 + small businesses
1,000 + SF residents
& over 25 merchant and neighborhood associations
Proposition L will ensure public sidewalks are accessible for everyone, and that all San Franciscans can enjoy the public right-of-way without fear of harassment. This is a commonsense law that is being used with success in 60 other U.S. cities including Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Seattle.
Proposition M is a political ploy by the Board of Supervisors intended to kill Measure L with a “poison pill.” Prop M neither changes deployment of foot patrols nor resources; this Measure puts politics ahead of your public safety.
If Yes on Prop L/No on Prop M is not successful in November, it is highly unlikely that we will have the opportunity to address this problem for decades. This is why we need YOUR help. Do you have two hours to give between now and Election Day?
PLEASE, take a moment and imagine how tremendously our city would benefit from passage of this law, and if two hours of your time is worth seeing that change through.

Pro Sit-Lie Law (aka Civil Sidewalks) Video Hits YouTube – George Gascon Says, “Yes on L, No on M”

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Well, here’s a punchy three minutes from the “Yes on L, No on M people (aka the “sit-lie” people and the “Civil Sidewalks” people.)

Note the chickens mentioned at 0:24 - you can’t miss it, and oh, Jay Barman has the transcript. (Also note the confirmed NIMBYs, a far greater danger than poultry, throughout.)

Anyway, enjoy.