- / Manager’s Messages
How wildlife coexists and thrives in Mission Bay Parks
The Mission Bay Parks System is home to an abundance of wildlife, particularly along the riparian zones of the Mission Creek shoreline. In this area, park visitors can spot a wealth of birds and other animals that thrive in the nutrient-rich mud and bay waters. Mission Creek is linked directly to San Francisco Bay. The tides flow twice a day. Many of the animals that live in the San Francisco Bay venture up Mission Creek to visit the calm, nutrient-rich waters.
One of the best locations for wildlife viewing in Mission Creek Park is just steps from Arterra at the 5th Street Overlook, which can be reached from Berry and 5th Streets. Park Management does not allow direct pedestrian or dog access on the shorelines to protect the wildlife in the Creek and ensure the safety of park visitors by keeping them off of the slippery rip rap. From the 5th Street Overlook, park visitors may notice ripples in the water. Just beneath the surface, there are often schools of fish swimming. There may even be a cormorant or sea lion in pursuit! A wide array of sea creatures can be spotted swimming in Mission Creek, including:
Wildlife on display
| California sea lions
| Bat rays
| Schools of Anchovies
| Shiner Surfperch
| Dungeness Crab
Abundance for birders
Mission Creek is also home to a thriving community of birds and a favored urban location for local bird watchers. Bird watchers can look for great blue herons, western grebes, buffleheads, bushtits, hummingbirds, white-crowned sparrows, American robins, northern mockingbirds, snowy egrets, double-crested cormorants, and many more species. Incredibly, this bountiful community of birds can be found in the heart of a formerly industrial zone of San Francisco!
See what you’ve been missing
Come on out to Mission Bay Parks to share this hidden gem in San Francisco with all of the wildlife that thrives here every day. The parks are open from sunrise to 10 pm every day. And there’s no better place to see all that the SF Bay has to offer.
SAN FRANCISCO’S FREE MUSEUM DAYS
Visiting the many impressive museums in the Bay Area is an absolute must, but admission fees can really add up. Luckily most of them offer Free Monthly Museum Days. With a little planning, you can enjoy these culturally enriching experiences without breaking the bank. Some even offer free admission daily for residents of San Francisco. Here’s a list of some of our favorites, just to name a few…
- SFMOMA free every first Thursday
- Asian Art Museum free every first Sunday
- Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) free every second Saturday
- Contemporary Jewish Museum free every first Friday
- San Francisco Botanical Garden free to SF residents and to everyone every second Tuesday.
And check out this comprehensive list of local free museum day deals HERE
CRISP AND BRIGHT: ARTERRA NAMED AMONG THE TOP 10 SF TOWERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY
The architectural critic for the SF Chronical has included Arterra on their short list of standout towers erected in San Francisco since 2000. Describing Arterra as crisp and bright, buoyant, and exercising colorful restraint, we couldn’t agree more with Arterra being included on this list. Arterra is no doubt an esteemed part of the architectural landscape of San Francisco that we are proud to call home.
Check out the Chronicle article released on March 12th HERE
The Giants Are Back!
Our local MLB heroes played their first game of the season today in an away game against the Yankees. Don’t worry though, you haven’t missed Opening Day at Oracle Park taking place at 1:35pm on Friday, April 7th. Check out the full season schedule, Giants news, and everything else Giants right HERE.
And definitely don’t miss out on PROMOTION & GIVAWAY DAYS.
See you at the game!
Celebrate Spring by Donating Blood!
A blood drive is coming up in your area so this is a great time to consider donating blood. The region is facing a severe blood shortage. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now and help patients who are counting on lifesaving blood.