Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Ken Bovero (pictured here) from Marin County Arborists says that he has seen a big increase in herbivory on blue-gum in the Bay Area due to Tortoise Beetle in the past 3 years.
Mantis of some sort
Sorry, the zoomed-in photo is terrible. There's a pretty good chance they really were Steller and not California sea lions. They were a lot paler, almost yellow, and decently large.
Growing out of a crack in the asphalt.
23 total seals
Still working on new Trail Signs for this place. It was decided today one of these guys will be included.
The restoration of San Francisco's only native turtle has begun back to Mountain Lake in the Presidio. I know SF Zoo has been breeding many for years. Saw two basking this morning with radio antennae. Cool to watch this amazing project grow from the beginning...
Obviously a dumped pet. The Presidio Trust has the Sisyphean task of stopping folks from doing this at Mountain Lake. I contacted Jon Young, Wildlife Biologist for the Trust. No doubt with all the hawks I saw around the lake this morning, this situation may work itself out "naturally"...
On the top of the main gate fence post into the Community Garden.
This was a big baseball-sized mass of what appeared to be eggs in hardened tubes the diameter of spaghetti. It did not feel soft - felt rough. Submerged just below the waterline. Really no clue what this is, could be fish or ?
About 1" across. Apparently it has lived so long on this submerged pipe that it adapted its shell to create the tightest fit! A flat limpet would have been eaten!
Two together (one about 3/4" long, other about 1/2" long), near two appropriately sized peach-colored egg spirals.