Biodiversity in the city? You bet!
Scientists, and amateur naturalists will work together to find and identify as many different species as possible within Fort Funston – everything from sand dune plants to bank swallows (called a ‘bioblitz’). We’ll break the park up into zones and even encourage some friendly zone-to-zone competition. Bring yourself or a group of friends! We have 200 acres to explore.
We'll be using the iNaturalist app and helping the fine folks of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Parks Conservancy and the California Academy of Sciences document the many plants and critters that live here!
We'll start with an orientation, then hit the blitz. We will wrap up with lunch (bring your own!), show off the results, find out who saw the most different kinds of critters, and, yes, hand out some prizes!
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Parking: As you enter Ft. Funston off of Hwy 35, the SFUSD Environmental Science Center is down the short road to your left. Please park ONLY in the main Ft. Funston parking lot and walk over to the SFUSD Environmental Science Center. We need to leave the small southern parking open for rangers and emergency vehicles. Thanks!
9:00 - 9:30 AM: Introduction & Orientation
We'll chat about the bioblitz - why we're doing it, what we're hoping to accomplish. You'll meet your team and get ready to head out!
Where: SFUSD Environmental Science Center, Building FF-100 (map)
9:30 AM - 12 noon: Bio-blitzing!
Head out with your team to your assigned zone in the park to photograph & log as many organisms as you can!
Where: Throughout the park!
12 noon - 1:00 PM: Lunch, uploading, IDing
We'll return to the SFUSD Environmental Science Center to have some lunch (bring your own), upload observations, and check out what each team found.
Where: SFUSD Environmental Science Center, Building FF-100
What to Bring
Smart phone with the iNaturalist app installed. If you don't have a smart phone, bring a digital camera. If you have a digital camera with lenses for close-up macro photography or long-range bird photography, bring it!
Comfortable clothes & shoes for exploring Fort Funston: hills, sand dunes, beach, coastal scrub, etc.
Citizen Science Research Coordinator
(415) 379-5252 phone
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