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Last month, my family and I participated in a BioBlitz, an organized citizen science event, at the POST-protected Wavecrest Preserve near Half Moon Bay. We joined a number of other families to count, photograph and map the living creatures in the area. It was inspiring to see citizen science in action.
As we started our loop through the fields and cypress trees, a red-tailed hawk circled overhead and wildflowers crowded into the trail. Between observations with binoculars and owl pellet dissections, we paused to train our phone cameras at plants, insects and even distant birds.
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 75,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.