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Take a stroll in Golden Gate Park at dusk and if you’re lucky, you’ll hear a sound perhaps unexpected: the hooting of wild owls. Jessie Bushell of the San Francisco Zoo debunks some common myths about owls while introducing us to several rescued owls currently living at the zoo—from a 3-ounce northern saw-whet owl that was hit by a snowmobile to a 10-pound Eurasian eagle owl confiscated from a smuggler.
Twenty-seven miles beyond the Golden Gate, the craggy Farallon Islands have been home to fur-seal hunters from Russia, a gold-rush-era egg business, and even a nuclear waste dump. Today they’re home to 250,000 sea birds, not to mention seals, sea lions, whales, and sharks. What makes these stark-looking islands so attractive to wildlife?