Category Archives: Ruins Habitat

Eucalyptus Tree Hosts a Flicker Family

Note: All these photographs are by wild-life photographer Janet Kessler. In San Francisco’s Presidio, there’s an old, rather dilapidated eucalyptus tree. The main trunk is broken off  and ragged shafts stick in the air. Though it’s still alive, you might … Continue reading

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Birds, Bees, and “Natural Areas”

One of the concerns we have with the way our wild lands are being managed is the disrespect for habitat. Many of those who support these actions – felling ‘non-native’ eucalyptus trees, removal of trees that are dead or dying … Continue reading

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Spinning the Bee-Tree Fiasco

We received this letter from Scott Mattoon, a bee advocate who is concerned not just by the killing of the bee tree in Glen Canyon Park’s Natural Areas, but by the reaction of San Francisco Recreation and Parks. If, like … Continue reading

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Glen Canyon: Nesting Season, Habitat Destruction, and Pesticide

The nesting season is in full swing, now, and pictures of baby owls and other baby wildlife are beginning to hit the Internet. Glen Canyon is – or has been – an exceptionally good nesting area, with many kinds of … Continue reading

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Glen Canyon Park Loses Another Bee Tree

Back in October of 2011, SF RPD destroyed a bee tree in Glen Canyon Park.  Now the second one’s gone too, presumably the victim of another mistake. THE FIRST HIVE The first bee hive was mistakenly killed when a park … Continue reading

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Glen Park Trees, Day 4: Only Two Await Their Fate

It’s nearly over. The magnificent tall eucalyptus, over a century old, are nearly gone. This video is entitled “Remembrance” and set to some very appropriate music. Look elsewhere, birds, bats, bees; look elsewhere, children who played among these trees and … Continue reading

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Bats About Glen Canyon Park

Bats are insect-eating machines. According to the USGS, “Bats normally eat about half their weight in flying insects each night.”  So even for those who don’t find these night-flying mammals charming, it’s good to know there are bats among us. … Continue reading

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Red Shouldered Hawk in a Natural Area

Hawks need tall trees for roosting, watching, and nesting. This one is watching from a non-native cypress tree. (Photo credit: Janet Kessler)

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West of Twin Peaks Central Council opposes Natural Areas Program, Part 3: Park Access, Habitat & Wildlife

This article is Part 3 of the West of Twin Peaks Central Council (WTPCC) letter opposing the Natural Areas Program (NAP). Emphasis has been added. Part 1 is HERE (Opposing the Natural Areas Plan) Part 2 in HERE (Trees and … Continue reading

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Natural Areas Plan: SFFA comments on the DEIR (Pt 3: Wildlife)

One of the reasons we oppose the Natural Areas Program is that it’s harmful to the birds and animals of this city. They destroy habitat — the trees and thickets that serve as cover and breeding grounds, exposing song-birds to … Continue reading

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It’s Still the Breeding Season!

San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) thinks the breeding season for birds is December to May. That’s according to an application the SF Rec and Park Department made to California Fish and Game (in the context of a streambed … Continue reading

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Writing Cal Fish & Game about Glen Canyon’s Breeding Season

As readers may know, we have been concerned about the aggressive bush and tree work at Glen Canyon, during the spring breeding season for birds and animals. (Relevant material: Glen Canyon Park – Chainsaws in the Nesting Season  also,  NAP … Continue reading

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NAP Lops Off Tree Limbs In The Middle Of Nesting Season

Three weeks ago, at a meeting with Recreation and Parks Department Director Phil Ginsburg and Natural Areas Program Director Lisa Wayne, we asked why there had been a huge amount of clearing in Glen Canyon Park during the denning and … Continue reading

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San Francisco Examiner: Trail proposal at San Francisco’s Twin Peaks up for debate

Some time ago, we’d posted here about the wonderful twisted willow trees in the “Outback Trail” in Glen Canyon Park that are threatened with removal. Recently, we learned about the “Creek to Peaks” trail planned to connect Glen Canyon to … Continue reading

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Run, Forest, Run!

The NAP’s going to get you!

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West Portal Monthly: Clearcut Case of Overkill at Mt Davidson Park

The West Portal Monthly today published an article by Jacquie Proctor explaining the problem of the NAP specifically at Mt Davidson and generally throughout the city.  The plan seeks to destroy at least 1600 trees on Mt Davidson alone. Read … Continue reading

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Preserving Our Urban Forests & Wildlife Habitat

This post has been reprinted with permission from Coyote Yipps. Some links, etc have been added. ——————————————————————————————– San Francisco Forest Alliance: Preserving Our Urban Forests & Wildlife Habitat By Janet Kessler I hope everyone is as concerned about our wildlife … Continue reading

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Action Alert: Destroying the Character from Glen Canyon Park

One of the things everyone loves the most about our Glen Canyon is that it’s a wilderness park with rough and tumble Huck Finn paths in the back area. It’s about to be ruined. We need your help to try … Continue reading

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How Unnatural can San Francisco’s “Natural” Areas get?

This post is republished with some modifications and permission from Save Sutro Forest. ————————————————————————— Why San Francisco’s Natural Areas are – Unnatural by Save Sutro Forest WHEN I first heard about San Francisco’s Natural Areas Program (SF NAP) some years … Continue reading

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