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Happy Earth Day!

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History

On this 46th anniversary of Earth Day we thought we’d share a brief inventory of the world’s flora and fauna with relation to the Presidio. It’s our way of thinking globally, acting locally and celebrating the wonderful natural diversity occurring within our own backyard. As of today, the Earth is comprised of…

  • 250,000 species of plants (including California poppies and coast live oaks in the park)
  • 4,500 species of amphibians (including our Pacific chorus frogs recently re-introduced to Mountain Lake)
  • 6,500 species of reptiles (the San Francisco alligator lizard can be seen in our dunes)
  • 4,600 species of mammals (including our resident coyotes)
  • 9,200 species of birds (including Great-horned Owls and Anna’s Hummingbirds)
  • 25,000 fish species (the tiny three-spined stickleback still lives in Lobos Creek)
  • 40,000 crustacean species (a tiny native shrimp lives in the Crissy Field marsh)
  • 100,000 mollusk species (including our local favorite, the banana slug)
  • and more than 1,000,000 insects! (including many butterflies, damselflies and bumblebees in the park)

For more information on the Presidio along with ways in which you can learn more about about how to protect our National Park and refuge for California diversity, go to www.presidio.govScreen Shot 2015-04-22 at 2.07.54 PM