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During the eclipse last night, the moon's bright glow grew dim, taking on a coppery hue as shimmers of sunlight bent across the Earth's atmosphere.

(Photos by Alison Taggart-Barone)

#bloodmoon #eclipse #lunareclipse #SF #SanFrancisco  
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"Public spaces always need vigilant champions, not only to claim them at the outset for public use, but to design them for the people that use them, then to maintain them to ensure that they are for everyone, that they are not violated, invaded, abandoned or ignored." - Amanda Burden, former director of the New York City Department of City Planning and chair of the City Planning Commission

Click the link below to watch her TED Talk about the basics of what makes viable and lively public spaces.

#TedTalk #PublicSpaces #Placemaking
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Time Warp Tuesday: With “Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field” soon disappearing in our rearview mirror (exhibit closes May 26), we're pleased to finally announce our newest initiative: "KART in the Parks.”

The project harkens back to Crissy Field’s place in the earliest days of auto racing. In case you didn't know, the meadow owes its very existence to the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and the American Grand Prize auto race that was held during that “world fair.” Read more:

(Photo courtesy of Park Archives collection)

#SF #parks4all #History  
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Birders are abuzz after Day 1 of BioBlitz: there was an extremely rare sighting of a bald eagle in our parks, along the northern bayshore of San Francisco! Did YOU see anything amazing today while observing, identifying, and counting organisms? #BioBlitz2014

(Photo by George Eade)
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Wild Things Wednesday: Life is full of infinite possibilities for this endangered Mission blue butterfly caterpillar.

(Photo taken in Oakwood Valley by Ruby Kwan)

#BioBlitz2014 #butterfly #parks4all #endangeredspecies
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Make Plans Monday: On Earth Day this year, Tamalpais Lands Collaborative (TLC) kicks off their partnership with a celebration and volunteer opportunity to restore this popular destination. Register by e-mailing at

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And the grand total number of species counted is... 2,304! Here's a breakdown of what was found during #BioBlitz2014:

- Plants: 655
- Insects: 128
- Arachnids: 11
- Fish: 17
- Amphibians: 9
- Birds: 150
- Mammals: 39
- Mollusks: 60
- Seaweeds: 33
- Protists: 2
- Archaea: 68
- Bacteria: 916

(Photo by Alison Taggart-Barone)
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Earlier today, as a part of ‪#‎BioBlitz2014‬, Humboldt State University’s Stephen Sillett began his climb into the canopy of Muir Woods National Monument to measure the heights and widths of these giants. Stephen and Marie Antoine will use methods developed for Save the Redwoods League Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative (RCCI).

(Photo by Alison Taggart-Barone)

#MuirWoods   #GoldenGateNationalRecreationArea  
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Photo Phursday: Since we're taking a closer look at the species in our Golden Gate National Parks tomorrow for #BioBlitz2014, let's take a closer look at what butterfly and moth wings under intense magnification. Photographer Linden Gledhill turned this curiosity of the texture of these insect wings into a macro photo series. Click the link below to check out his album on Flickr.

  #parks4all #insects #macrophotography  
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Time Warp Tuesday: Let's skip ahead to the near future to a time when the freshly started Tamalpais Lands Collaborative (TLC) has successfully enhanced, preserved, and restored the beloved mountain's many treasures.

In case you haven't heard about TLC yet, read more on our partnership with the Marin Municipal Water District, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and California State Parks:
A NEW AGREEMENT among four land management agencies will look to nurture and help restore Mount Tamalpais in the coming years.
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(415) 561-3000
Building 201, Fort Mason San Francisco, CA 94123
Parks For All Forever
Established in 1981, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit partner that supports and assists the Golden Gate National Parks in research, interpretation, and conservation programs.