Stories from the Field

Hear from POST’s experts in the field! Our blog features inspiring stories about landscape restoration, fascinating looks at our friends in the wild, tips to find hidden gems in the Bay Area and much more.

Monarch Butterfly: How You Can Save the Monarch Butterfly

Western monarch butterflies are on the brink of extinction. Learn what you can do to save this iconic species.

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Monarch Butterfly: Speak, Monarch. Tell Us How to Save You.

Western monarch butterflies are on the brink of extinction. Here author Mary Ellen Hannibal grapples with the future of this species what its decline means for us all.

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Snowy Plover: This Adorable Bird Needs Your Attention

The snowy plover has been pushed to the brink of extinction. But there's hope at the newly protected Tunitas Creek Beach near Half Moon Bay. Learn more!

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A New Era for Redwood Forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains

We have great news! We recently protected 937 acres of redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This land is now forever protected and will serve as a refuge for wildlife. Learn more here.

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Where to Find Spring Wildflowers

Want to see the spring bloom? Learn where to go and find information on 30 local flowers with our handy wildflower guide!

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Best ‘Instagrammable’ Places on the Peninsula and in the South Bay

We're lucky to live close to some seriously "instagrammable" places here in the Bay Area. Here are a few of our favorites.

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How to Spot Poison Oak Before it Spots You

Do you know what poison oak looks like? Learn how to identify poison oak and what to do if your exposed.

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Rewilding Barrett Canyon

When we protected 326-acres in Barrett Canyon, we acquired a bit of mess. Learn how we restored this canyon and prepared it for the public.

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San Mateo Coast: Coastal Community Update

Read more about POST's efforts to ensure the future of farming, the livelihood of community members and coast's rural character.

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Why We Need Wildlife Crossings for the Santa Cruz Mountains

add caption – Photo: m01229 People often ask me about the wildlife crossings they have seen or heard about in places such as Arizona, Banff, and Wyoming, and wonder whether…

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Celebrating Cesar Chavez Day with POST-Protected Farms

This Cesar Chavez Day, we’re celebrating all the farmers and farm workers that work so hard to make California’s agricultural output the nation’s largest.

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Why I Support POST – Harvey’s Memorial for Gina

As a fellow supporter of Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), I want to share my story with you.

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Get Your Veggies

Think about a small village on the San Mateo Coast in say, 1850. Now think about the households in that community. What did they eat for dinner?

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Fighting Nature Deficit Disorder

If you’re reading this, you likely know first-hand the restorative benefits of an afternoon spent outside. In fact, the intangible scenic and spiritual effects of open spaces often motivate conservation work just as much as ecological research does.

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What Will Be Your Legacy?

POST's Open Space Legacy Society is one way you can leave a legacy behind.

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Rare Bat Colony Discovered

We're back with more exciting wildlife news: Our partners at the Western Cave Conservancy discovered a colony of Townsend's big-eared bats (Corynorhinus townsendii) on POST-protected land in the Santa Cruz Mountains!

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Steelhead Stories: The Beginnings of the Watershed Project

Hidden in the shadows cast by willows, alders, and cottonwoods, a migrating female steelhead swam slowly upstream in the shallow waters of Pescadero Creek in the autumn of 1989.

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Pillar Point Bluff: From Dream to Reality

In 1976, a year before POST was founded, San Mateo County Parks completed their first comprehensive Trails Plan. In it, they envisioned a public trail hugging the coast all the way from Thornton Beach to Año Nuevo.

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Tour POST-protected Pillar Point Bluff

We know you love to hike, bike, and walk your dogs on our beloved local open spaces. One of those special places is Pillar Point Bluff, a POST-protected property just north of Half Moon Bay that’s a favorite destination for hikers, dog-walkers, and birdwatchers.

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