Posts Tagged ‘sharks’

OMG, It’s SHARKTOBERFEST 2010 at Our Cal Academy of Sciences – Imagine an Entire Shark Week Compressed into One Night!

Friday, October 8th, 2010

First thing, forget all about Shark Week. It’s history.

Why? Because our California Academy of Sciences has compressed all that kind of excitement into just one night, October 14th, 2010.

Sharks + Beer = SharktoberFest 2010!

A baby shark in Golden Gate Park:

All the deets:

 WHAT:               NightLife celebrates two perennial favorites: sharks and beer. On the shark front, you’ll find specimens from the Academy’s collections, movies, experts ready to answer your questions, shark-inspired art, animatronics, and more.  In honor of Oktoberfest, participate in WIRED Magazine’s search for the “Most Wired Beer,” and enjoy a variety of local microbrewery beers available for sale at the bar.  In addition, the planetarium will feature a special show for the night, presented in conjunction with the Buckminster Fuller Institute.  In Perceiving Home: An Ecological Tour of the Cosmos, David McConville takes you on an interactive exploration of beautifully rendered Earth and space science visualizations, while Violist Christen Lien provides live musical accompaniment with her haunting ambient soundscapes.

WHO:                 DJ Laird and Rafael

WHEN:               Thursday, October 14
6 PM – 10 PM
Perceiving Home Shows at 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM; first-come, first-served seating

COST:                  $12 per person; $10 for Academy members
Adults 21 and up

WHERE:             The California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118

For more information:  http://www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife/

The California Academy of Sciences is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, and world-class research and education programs—all under one living roof. Admission to the Academy is: $29.95 for adults; $24.95 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students with valid ID; $19.95 for children ages 4 to 11; and free for children ages 3 and younger. The Academy is free to the public on the third Wednesday of each month. Admission fees include all exhibits and shows. Hours are 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Saturday, and 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Sunday. The Academy is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. During peak periods, including some holiday weekends, an admission surcharge and extended hours may apply. Visit www.calacademy.org or call (415) 379-8000 for more information.

And you taggers, forget about narwhales and unicorns. These days, sharks are the thang. See? For 2011, sharks are the fish to watch in the Arts world. It’ll be 2007 all over again…

Via that_james’ photostream - click to expand

KALW Does a Bit on Bolinas, That Marin County Town That’s Friendly, and yet Not Friendly

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

KALW‘s Steven Short finds Bolinas, CA a “friendly town” – check out his new CrossCurrents bit here, why not?

Now, here’s my version of the story. Enjoy:

Inbetwixt the friendly elephant seals of the Point Reyes National Seashore…

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(This was from at least double the official keep-away distance, we’re talking hundreds of yards, so I don’t want to hear it. Made using the remarkable 1999-2010 Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM and EF 2x II Extender, handheld.) 

…and the friendly regular seals of Bolinas Lagoon…

…you’ll find the unfriendly town of Bolinas, CA:

The reason why the locals, some of whom, for some reason, feel quite empowered to bully auslanders, always tear down the road signs on the Pacific Coast Highway is because their USPS letter carrier already knows how to get there.

Fin.

From the Cal Academy, Farallon Island Wildlife Webcam Kicks Off June 8

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Mark your calendar and get your popcorn – soon you’ll be able  while away those lazy afternoons at work glued to the images you’ll see from the “FIRST EVER WEBCAM TO STREAM LIVE FOOTAGE FROM THE FARALLON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE.”

“Just in time for the first annual World Oceans Day, the first ever webcam on the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge will go live on June 8 at http://www.calacademy.org/webcams/farallones/ Powered by solar energy and perched on a windswept lighthouse on top of Southeast Farallon Island, the webcam will provide an unprecedented view of the seabirds, seals, and possibly even sharks that call these isolated islands home.

“The live webcam feed will be accompanied by animal identification guides, Farallones history, and research and conservation information. This exciting new initiative is made possible through a cooperative partnership between the California Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and PRBO Conservation Science.”

It’s going to be mega.

See all them sharks and boids? Well, maybe not, but this is a relatively fog-free day in the Sunset District. Until the new webcam came along, this was as close as you could could get to the Farallones.

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

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From a higher perspective 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? That’s the site of the new webcam:

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

That will have to do you until Monday.

Remember their promise: “possibly even sharks.”

FIRST EVER WEBCAM TO STREAM LIVE FOOTAGE FROM THE FARALLON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Cooperative partnership between California Academy of Sciences, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and PRBO Conservation Science allows Web users to follow the action on the largest seabird colony in the continental United States

SAN FRANCISCO (May 27, 2009) – Just in time for the first annual World Oceans Day, the first ever webcam on the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge will go live on June 8 at www.calacademy.org/webcams/farallones. Powered by solar energy and perched on a windswept lighthouse on top of Southeast Farallon Island, the webcam will provide an unprecedented view of the seabirds, seals, and possibly even sharks that call these isolated islands home. The live webcam feed will be accompanied by animal identification guides, Farallones history, and research and conservation information. This exciting new initiative is made possible through a cooperative partnership between the California Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and PRBO Conservation Science.

Located 27 miles west of San Francisco, the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge is composed of three island groups that are home to the largest seabird colony in the continental United States. Approximately 250,000 seabirds representing 13 species and five species of seals and sea lions use the islands. Gray whales, blue whales, and humpback whales migrate past the islands every year. The area is also an important feeding ground for great white sharks. The refuge was established in 1909 by President Theodore Roosevelt as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds.

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