Posts Tagged ‘species’

OMG, Bats! – Mexican Freetailed Bats Flying About Golden Gate Park – A Great Photo from Nature’s Lantern

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

See?

Taken by Joe Moss – click to expand

I’ll tell you, I’ve been all over GGP, but aint seen any bats.

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:

Tonight’s NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences Shares Scientific News from the Philippines

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

OMG, it’s a Filipino NightLife! June 30th, tonight only, starting at 6:00 PM in Golden Gate Park.

(I like the NightLife, Baby! She says, “Let’s go.”)

Our CalAcademy goes on expeditions all the time – find out what they’ve just found.

Stephanie Stone, California Academy of Sciences

Stephanie Stone, California Academy of Sciences

All the deets, below.

See you there!

California Academy of Sciences June NightLife Event Shares Scientific News from the Philippines

Thursday, June 30 at 6 PM

Our Scientists are back—be among the first to see what we’ve discovered

WHAT: At a special NightLife event on June 30, guests 21+ will be among the first to hear about the many new species discovered by scientists from the California Academy of Sciences in a recent expedition to the Philippines. This project was the most comprehensive scientific survey ever conducted in the Philippines.

For six weeks this spring, dozens of Academy scientists hiked, sweat and dove their way through this biodiversity hotspot to explore and document animal and plant life located in shallow coral reefs, deep sea and mountain forests.

Come hear their fascinating stories at this special NightLife. Newly discovered species include:

· A deep-sea swell shark—a shark that fills itself up with water to seem bigger and ward off predators
· “Laughing” cicada—an insect with the ability to make a high-pitched laughing sound
· Various nudibranch species—more commonly known as sea slugs, that have been overlooked in the past because of their tiny size

At this revealing edition of NightLife, guests will be able to explore new specimens from the expedition and experience a special preview of the results, straight from the scientists themselves. Guests will enjoy Filipino music, folk dance performances and delicious traditional Filipino food.

WHO:
· Fire urchins, ghost pipefish, a coconut octopus and other new arrivals as ambassadors to their ecosystem
· Kulintronica will be performing modern and gong music of the Philippines along with dancers from the Mabuhay Folkloric Society
· DJ Chicken Scratch and Marky (a.k.a. “Proof”) will be spinning some tunes
· Ramar Foods will offer tastes of traditional Filipino food
· Alberto A. Lim, (Cabinet Secretary, Philippines Department of Tourism) will introduce performances

WHEN: Thursday, June 30
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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

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

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

A Red-Eared Slider Gets Totally Pwned by a Great Blue Heron in Golden Gate Park

Monday, March 7th, 2011

First it was all like this:

But then it was all like this:

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See what I mean? Pwned!

How wude, huh?

Senator Leland Yee Throws Down: Goes to Chinatown, Supports a Nuanced Approach to Shark Fin Soup

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Senator Leland Yee made it clear today that he doesn’t support illegal finning of sharks. But he opposes the idea of an absolute ban on shark fin soup in CA. It’s a “cultural showdown,” don’t you know.

Your State Senator in Chinatown. (Is this hostile territory for him now? It sure wasn’t a few years back, that’s for sure. No matter, they love him in the West Side of town, you ought to see it sometime. He has loads of boosters out there, irregardless of what the politicos of Chinatown say or do. Those voters might come in handy during our next Mayoral election, non?)

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It looks like soup was on the menu at this particular presser, huh?

Don’t know a whole bunch about this issue, excepting for this back in aught-nine and the occasional sidewalk shark sighting you tend to have about town.

All the deets below, plus the minority report from Mssrs. Fong and Huffman, after the jump

“Senator Yee, San Francisco Chinese Restaurants Call for Greater Conservation Efforts, Not Ban on Cultural Cuisine. Yee Says Ban on Shark Fin Soup is the Wrong Answer to a Legitimate Problem

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) joined dozens of San Francisco Chinese restaurants to oppose a bill to ban the sale of shark fin soup and make it unlawful for any person to possess, sell, trade, or distribute a shark fin.
 
Yee released the following statement:
 
“I am very concerned with the plight of many shark species and the illegal shark fining trade.  That is why I support the federal law that bans the practice of killing sharks only for their fins and I would support state legislation to strengthen it.  I would also support legislation to create greater penalties for and enforcement of illegally killing sharks or selling any product from an endangered species. 
 
However, the proposed state law to ban all shark fins from consumption – regardless of species or how they were fished or harvested – is the wrong approach and an unfair attack on Asian culture and cuisine.   Some sharks are well-populated and many can and should be sustainably fished.
 
Unfortunately, this proposal is just the latest assault on Asian cultural cuisine.  Last week, we had to fight a proposal at the California Fish and Game Commission that would have banned frog and turtle consumption.  I had to pass legislation last year just to allow for the production of Asian rice noodles, and similar bills were needed to allow for Korean rice cakes.  There have also been previous efforts to end live food markets, roasted duck, and several other cultural staples.
 
Rather than launch just another attack on Asian American culture, the proponents of the ban on shark fin soup should work with us to strengthen conservation efforts.”
 
Demonstrating Yee’s steadfast commitment to environmental protection, this past week he earned a 100 percent voting record with the California League of Conservation Voters.  Yee was one of only two senators to receive perfect scores on every environmental scorecard in 2010, including the Sierra Club and Clean Water Action. 

PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY
Senator Yee, San Francisco Chinese Restaurants Oppose Ban on Shark Fin Soup
Yee calls for greater conservation efforts, not ban on cultural cuisine

WHAT:Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) will joined dozens of San Francisco restaurants to oppose a bill to ban the sale of shark fin soup and make it unlawful for any person to possess, sell, trade, or distribute a shark fin. Yee is calling for greater conservation efforts including greater penalties for and enforcement of illegally killing sharks, but believes the proposed state law to ban all shark fins from consumption – regardless of species or how they were fished or harvested – is the wrong approach and an unfair attack on Asian culture and cuisine. Some sharks are well-populated and many can be sustainably fished.

WHO:Senator Leland Yee

Bill Lee, Far East Cafe

Willy Ng, Koi Palace
Timothy Lee, Imperial Palace
Hon So, New Asia Restaurant
Elaine Chiu, Grand Place Restaurant
Kon Hung Chan, South Sea Seafood Village
Michael Ou, The Kitchen
Henry Cheung, Charlie Seafood Inc.
Michael Kwong, Hop Woo Co., Ltd.
Best Trade Company
Paul Lee, City Super

WHERE:Far East Café
631 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, California

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The White Fallow Deer of Point Reyes – Originally from SF Zoo in 1948 – “NPS Genocide” and “The Bambi Effect”

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

This is the closest I’ve ever been to The White Deer of 4.5 star Yelp-rated Point Reyes National Seashore. It was the view I had from Pierce Point Road.

Now, back in the day, the National Park Service was hiring snipers to hunt down the non-native Fallow and Axis Deer so that Tule Elk and other native species would have an easier life. Well, as detailed by Zachary Zoblig, the Bambi Effect” kicked in like you wouldn’t believe. Thusly:

“They’re just beautiful — they’re like unicorns when they come bounding out of the mist.”
 
After all the commotion, the NPS gave up on the hunting idea. The new approach is a massive contraceptive program that will eliminate these critters by 2025 or so.

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The Friends of the White Deer and Save the Point Reyes Deer are just going to have to live with that…

Good luck, Bambi.

Details of the plan, after the jump

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The Bay Area Plover Wars Continue into 2009 – R U a Plover Lover?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

San Francisco has had its share of battles about beaches, dogs and Western Snowy Plover birds so it’s only logical that nearby Pacifica, CA gets into the act as well. Some dog owners down there are hopping mad, as you might expect in light of San Francisco’s recent experience.

But, as you can see from this shot from Ingrid Taylar‘s About.com San Francisco, these little dickens have cuteness on their side. And that always helps.

Stay smooth, Pacifica.

Brace yourself, this photo of an adult plover on Ocean Beach gets extra big when you click on it:

Of course San Francisco is for Plovers, as the T-shirt says:

More deets after the jump.

Godspeed, little plovers!

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The Exotic, Invasive Red-Eared Slider Turtles of Golden Gate Park

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Here are your clues about whether your turtle is a red-eared slider – does it slide off of rocks into the water when you get too close and does it have red where you’d expect it to have ears, as shown? Well then, you’ve got yourself an exotic, invasive animule that doesn’t belong in Golden Gate Park.

The best place to see these critters is Golden Gate Park – here’s one from Stow Lake.

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Bad turtle! That’s a bad turtle, go away!