Nature at Alcatraz Island National Park
September 11, 2013 2 Comments
Alcatraz Island National Park is San Francisco’s number one tourist attraction. Most people visit “The Rock” to learn about its role as a Federal Penitentiary housing criminals such as Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly (1934-1963). But some visitors come for a different reason – they come to see its historic gardens and nesting sea bird colonies in spring.
The gardens were important to everyone living on the island. Park rangers say the gardens demonstrate the importance of plants to the human spirit. More info is at: http://www.alcatrazgardens.org/index.php A self-guiding brochure of the gardens is at: http://www.alcatrazgardens.org/pdf/AZ%20Garden_05_12.pdf
Sea birds nest on the island from February – September. Birds that breed on the island include California and Western Gulls, Pigeon Guillemot, Brandt’s Cormorants, Black-Crowned Night Herons, and Snowy Egrets. A brochure on the “Waterbirds of Alcatraz” is at: http://www.nps.gov/alca/naturescience/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=388749