In the beginning this blog was centered on San Francisco parks and open space issues with special emphasis on natural areas and natural history. Over time it began to range into other areas and topics. As you can see, it is eclectic, as I interlace it with topics of interest to me.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

2012.09.25

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much....the wheel, New York, wars, and so on, whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time.  But conversely the dolphins believed themselves to be more intelligent than man for precisely the same reasons.”

1.   Pacifica City Council candidates forum Oct 2
2.   Because we spill not only milk...
3.   You can personally help restore Yosemite
4.   Be part of sidewalk planting project at 20th & Florida/Alabama
5.   South SF Weed Warriors Sept 28-29
6.   Open house at SFSU Biology Dept Oct 6
7.   The other climate change problem - ocean acidifcation
8.   Yellowjackets eating a katydid/more on pipevine pollination
9.   Flying math: Bees solve traveling salesman problem
10. Prison inmates and endangered species
11.  Encounter live insects around the world/edible adventures/& more
12.  It is time - Autumn by Rilke
13.  Todd Gilens talks about "Shade" at UC Botanical Garden Oct 7
14.  Charles Darwin celebrates worms

1.  City Council Candidates Forum on
Pacifica's Environmental Issues and Opportunities

WHEN: Tuesday, October 2, 7-9pm
WHERE: Pacifica City Council Chambers - 2212 Beach Boulevard, 2nd floor, Pacifica

WHO: all 7 candidates for City Council this November, 2012
Rich Campbell, Karen Ervin, Gary Mondfrans, Mary Ann Nihart, Mike O'Neill, Vic Spano, Susan Vellone

Come Learn about Pacifica's Environmental Issues and Opportunities
and what City Council Candidates want to do about them!

Co-Sponsors:
    •    Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives (PH1A)
https://www.facebook.com/PHwy1A
    •    Pacifica Climate Committee
    •    Pacificans for Sustainable Development
    •    and the following Pacifica's Environmental Family Projects:
    ◦    Pacifica Shorebird Alliance
    ◦    Pacifica Beach Coalition

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2.
Because we spill not only milk
Knocking it over with an elbow
When we reach to wipe a small face
But also spill seed on soil we thought was fertile but isn't,
And also spill whole lives, and only later see in fading light
How much is gone and we hadn't intended it
Because we tear not only cloth
Thinking to find a true edge and instead making only a hole
But also tear friendships when we grow
And whole mountainsides because we are so many
And we want to live right where black oaks lived,
Once very quietly and still
Because we forget not only what we are doing in the kitchen
And have to go back to the room we were in before,
Remember why it was we left
But also forget entire lexicons of joy
And how we lost ourselves for hours
Yet all that time were clearly found and held
And also forget the hungry not at our table
Because we weep not only at jade plants caught in freeze
And precious papers left in rain
But also at legs that no longer walk
Or never did, although from the outside they look like most others
And also weep at words said once as though
They might be rearranged but which
Once loose, refuse to return and we are helpless
Because we are imperfect and love so
Deeply we will never have enough days,
We need the gift of starting over, beginning
Again: just this constant good, this
Saving hope.

~ Nancy Shaffer ~

(Instructions in Joy)


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3.  YES ON PROPOSITION F



(JS:  The campaign to begin the restoration of Yosemite is in high gear.  You can help.)
Use these links to help the campaign succeed! 

-Yosemite Yes

-Host a House Party
-Send email to friends


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4.  Volunteers are requested for the installation of Plant*SF’s newest public sidewalk planting project, the 20th Street Biophilic Streetscape sidewalk landscaping demonstration garden, located at 20th, Alabama and Florida Streets in San Francisco’s Mission District. It will be held the weekend of October 6 - 7, 2012. A limited number of volunteer planting positions are available to those who would like to participate and receive workshop-style guidance on the process of sidewalk landscaping. Volunteer positions are strictly limited and pre-registration is required. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Materials, tools and supervision will be provided. Prior planting experience is not required. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and a canteen of water. Refreshments will be provided – catered by Central Kitchen and Humphry Slocombe ice cream. All confirmed volunteers will receive a confirmation email. Regretfully, unconfirmed volunteers will be turned away.

1.       Saturday, October 6, 9am-1pm (lunch and drink provided) – meet at the corner of 20th and Florida Streets
2.       Saturday, October 6, 1pm-5pm (snack and drink provided) – meet at the corner of 20th and Florida Streets
3.       Sunday, October 7, 10am-2pm (lunch and drink provided) – meet at the corner of 20th and Florida Streets

Please RSVP to info@plantSF.org with your name, email address and phone number and preferred shift. You are welcome to RSVP for more than one shift. Please only confirm if you definitely will attend – as we have only this time to get the plants into the ground.

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5.  Join the SSF Weed Warriors on San Bruno Mountain

Friday September 28th and
Saturday September 29th
9am to 12pm

Come out Friday or Saturday - or both days! - and help with this critical stewardship work to restore native grasslands that are important butterfly habitat.
    •    gloves provided
    •    wear long pants and layers
    •    wear long-sleeved shirt for protection
    •    wear sturdy shoes with long socks
    •    bring water!
Check out the San Bruno Mountain Watch website for all volunteer opportunities in our Stewardship Programs and Upcoming Events

Contact:
San Bruno Mountain Watch
(415) 467-6631
or email leaders
Chuck and Loretta

Meeting location:  behind the Mills Montessori School at 1400 Hillside Blvd in South San Francisco
View Google Map

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6.  Friends of Biology Open House

Saturday, October 6, 2012
2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Hensill Hall Lobby
San Francisco State University

Be sure to join us as we celebrate the tremendous achievements made by the Department of Biology at San Francisco State University.  Enjoy an afternoon of wine and hors d’oeuvres and a special tour of the facilities.  You will also learn from students about their cutting edge research and hear faculty member Dr. Vance Vredenburg’s talk “Can We Control a Deadly Infectious Amphibian Disease Before it is Too Late?” and Dr. Diana Chu's insights on “Using Worm Sperm to Understand Male Infertility”.  We look forward to seeing you!

RSVP to Joe Schillaci at (415) 338-2647 or e-mail jschill@sfsu.edu.


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7.  Scientists Focus on Ocean Acidification
http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201209250850/b

This week, scientists from around the world are meeting in Monterey to discuss what they call the "other" climate change problem--the oceans are becoming more acidic. It happens as oceans absorb the carbon dioxide we add to the air through burning fossil fuels. It can be bad news for oysters, mussels and the marine food web.

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8.  Phil Van Soelen:
The same yellow Jackets that eat the pipevine fruit, patrol my yard are very voracious carnivores.
They either killed a Katydid, exposed by the cutting back of my 15 x 20 ft meadow, or I inadvertently stepped on it & they consumed it entirely in about 2-3 minutes.