- Twain's Frog & the Beautiful Serpent: Hike at Mori Point & Sharp Park
Join Wild Equity’s (http://wildequity.org) Brent Plater for an exploration of the Bay Area’s best spot to see and save two wondrous and imperiled animals: the California Red-legged Frog (http://wildequity.org/species/22) and the San Francisco Garter Snake (http://wildequity.org/species/23). You'll stroll through Mori Point, one of the Bay Area's newest national parks, to search for these critters, and then learn about the species' greatest threat: a taxpayer-bailout of the money-losing, endangered species-killing Sharp Park Golf Course (http://wildequity.org/pages/3060). The fate of the land will likely be decided on December 15 when the City will vote on this terrible proposal. Only wildlife enthusiasts like you will be able to create a more sustainable and equitable world for all—including the plants and animals that accompany us on Earth. So join us December 11 at 11am at the Mori Point Entrance Gate rain or shine so you can see these animals, learn about the proposal to redevelop Sharp Park Golf Course, and find out how you can help create a better world for all.
- Visit the Tide Pools at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve!
Join the Wild Equity Institute for a guided tour of the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. One of the great treasures of the California coast, this hidden gem offers some of the best tide pools in the area! We will be visiting during low tide and will have a great opportunity to see all the amazing species living there. The tours encompass the land portion and the intertidal area of the Reserve and will involve a hike along dirt trails, and along the sandy beach. There are many stops as we explain the history and geology of the area, and it is a slow pace once we are off the beach and in the intertidal area. Waterproof footwear is always advisable, but be aware that depending on conditions shoes/boots could get wet. Always dress in layers, as the weather at the coast can be different than where you are coming from. The intertidal can be slippery and we will be walking on rocky, uneven surfaces. The tours are scheduled for 2 hours so be prepared to be walking for that long. The marine reserve is roughly a 35 minute drive from San Francisco. Meet at the parking lot at 9:15 am. The tour will run from 9:30 – 11:30 am. More info here (http://www.fitzgeraldreserve.org/newffmrsite/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/TideZoneGuide1.pdf) Watch this video (https://vimeo.com/84876675) to learn more.
- Movie Screening: Rebels with a Cause
Join the Wild Equity Institute for a screening of Rebels with a Cause. This incredible documentary recounts heroic efforts by California environmentalists in the 1950s-1970s to preserve northern California’s amazing landscape. Their hard work resulted in the creation of Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. If you don’t already know the amazing history of these parks, then this documentary is a must-see! You can view a trailer here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNbF4FSlm5s) The screening will take place on the second floor of Wild Equity’s office building, at 474 Valencia St. Hope to see you there!
- Explore the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, May 14, 10:00am Join the Wild Equity Institute and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on a guided tour of the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge! This is an opportunity to visit a unique area normally closed to the public. The Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge is home to three highly endangered species: the Lange’s Metalmark Butterfly (http://wildequity.org/pages/3046), the Contra Costa Wallflower (http://wildequity.org/pages/3047), and the Antioch Dunes Evening Primrose (http://wildequity.org/pages/3048). Join us to learn more about the history and ecology of this one of a kind ecosystem! The hike is schedule to last about an hour. Meet at the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge Entrance Gate. From Hwy 4, take the “A St/Lone Tree Way.” exit. Head north onto A St. Turn right at Wilbur Ave. Turn left onto Fulton Shipyard Rd. Travel approximately 1/4 of a mile until you see a dirt pullout to your right and a chain-linked fence. There will be a sign identifying the refuge. Wear sturdy shoes for this sandy 1.5 mile hike. No facilities. You can learn more about the Wild Equity Institute's work to protect the Wildlife Refuge's endangered species here (http://wildequity.org/pages/3049). photos by Pete
- Mori Point Hike with Save the Frogs!
Saturday, April 30, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm We’re joining forces with one of our favorite environmental groups, Save the Frogs! (http://www.savethefrogs.com/) to lead a hike at Mori Point. Join us to learn more about the endangered species living there (the California Red-legged Frog (http://wildequity.org/species/22) and the San Francisco Garter Snake (http://wildequity.org/species/23)), and to find out what’s been going on at Sharp Park and Mori Point over the past several months. The hike is relatively short and on flat terrain. A great opportunity for anyone who's interested in learning more about Bay Area conservation issues. All ages are welcome. Meet at the Mori Point Entrance Gate, at the intersection of Bradford Way and Mori Point Road, Pacifica, CA, 94044. See you there!
- Movie Night: A Dangerous Game
Thursday, April 14, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Join us for a screening of A Dangerous Game, an explosive documentary from filmmaker and investigative journalist Anthony Baxter (You’ve Been Trumped), which examines the eco-impact of luxury golf resorts around the world, including one particularly deplorable course built by Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Featuring exclusive interviews with Alec Baldwin, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Donald Trump, the film takes viewers on a globe-spanning journey to a World Heritage site in Croatia; the extravagant desert city of Dubai, the explosion of new but supposedly illegal courses in China and back to the filmmaker’s native Scotland, where Donald Trump continues his controversial building. You'll also have an opportunity to learn more about the work the Wild Equity Institute (http://wildequity.org/) is doing to protect endangered species from the threats posed by Sharp Park Golf Course (http://wildequity.org/sections/5), a municipal golf course located in Pacifica and owned by the city of San Francisco. Watch the trailer here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0tUarO33Ac). Note: On April 30, we'll be leading a hike at Mori Point (directly adjacent to Sharp Park golf course). We'll look for wildlife and talk more in depth about the problems the golf course is causing for the San Francisco Garter Snake and the California Red-legged Frog.
- Hike: Finding San Francisco's Lost Species – The Franciscan Manzanita
Saturday, April 2, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (Reschedule of March 5 Hike) Join us on a beautiful coastal hike as we explore the history and ecology of the rare Franciscan Manzanita. We'll also discuss what the National Park Service and other conservationists are doing to protect this magnificent species. We’ll be joined by Michael Vasey (https://baynature.org/articles/mike-vasey-the-magic-of-manzanitas/) and Tom Parker, co-authors of the Field Guide to Manzanitas (http://www.amazon.com/Field-Manzanitas-Michael-Edward-Kauffmann/dp/1941624022). Meet us at Baker Beach North Parking Lot off of Battery Chamberlin Road. From there, we will hike north along the Pacific bluffs and through the manzanita’s critical habitat. Once we reach the Golden Gate Bridge, we’ll pour some Manzanita drinks (apple juice and champagne) and make a toast to the survival of this wonderful species! In the spirit of resource conservation, please bring a reusable cup if you wish to participate! We’ll also have books, t-shirt, and water bottles for sale. Hope to see you there! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ More info on the Franciscan Manzanita: Although there are over 100 species and subspecies of manzanita, until 2009, it was thought that San Francisco’s own manzanita, the Franciscan Manzanita, had gone extinct. The Franciscan manzanita's tragic history is filled with heroic acts by botanists striving to keep the species alive. In 1906, the specimens first used to identify the species were rescued from the California Academy of Sciences as fires driven by the San Francisco earthquake ravaged the Academy’s collections. In 1947 a famous botanist stood in front of earth-moving equipment to wrest the last known wild plants from a construction site. The plants were sent to a botanical garden, and no one found the plant in the wild again. Fortunately, the Franciscan Manzanita was rediscovered in the wild in 2009, and has since been listed as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The National Park Service reports there are now over 30 Franciscan Manzanita plantings alive on the Presidio Bluffs! You can watch a short documentary about the recovery of the Franciscan Manzanita here (https://youtu.be/ovTU4FXfB1Q).
- Movie Night: Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World
On Thursday, March 31, we’ll screen Werner Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World. In this tremendous and unique documentary, Herzog travels to Antarctica, where he finds a desolate, beautiful landscape, largely untouched by human hands, and a group of truly unique people who risk their lives to study it. Centered at McMurdo Station, the United States’ largest Antarctic research center, Herzog explores the minds of the scientists willing to abandon civilization and endure volatile conditions to learn more about the continent’s wildlife and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Join us for snacks, great company, and a fascinating documentary from one of the greatest filmmakers of our time!
- Snowy Plover Walk About!
Sunday, Feb. 28, 9:00am – 11:00am: Join the Wild Equity Institute for a leisurely walk along Ocean Beach to search for the threatened Western Snowy Plover. We’ll be meeting at 9 —an early start should give us the best chance of spotting the Plover as well as other shorebirds! The Snowy Plover is a small shorebird threatened by human activities and habitat degradation. Join us to see this adorable species in its native habitat and learn more about what the Park Service is doing to help save this little puffball of feathers. BONUS: We’ll also be starting the morning with the famous Snowy Plover (http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7278-the-snowy-plover-is-the-tastiest-drink-in-san-francisco) coffee beverage from Andytown Coffee Roasters (http://www.andytownsf.com/)! Meet at the patch of grass at the intersection of Pacheco St. and the Great Highway.