By Georgia I. Hesse
The Aleutian Canada Goose, once thought to be extinct, is one of the rare success stories of the federal Endangered Species Act. Recognized as an endangered species in 1967, they numbered fewer than 500, so few that they went unseen for nearly 25 years and were presumed extinct. They were "rediscovered" by an intrepid lone biologist and researcher called Bob "Sea Otter" Jones, who rowed out in a wooden dory to the rocky, wave-tossed remote island in the western Aleutians where he suspected -- and found -- a small remnant population hidden away. Today, they number more than 60,000, and are one of only about a dozen species ever recovered enough to be taken off the endangered species list.
The HI-USA Golden Gate Council is proud to sponsor Bands That Rock, a series of monthly shows at 330 Ritch in San Francisco, featuring the Bay Area's hottest emerging bands. Shows unfurl the fourth Friday of every month, and Hostelling International members get in free!
California will provide the stunning backdrop for the inaugural Amgen Tour of California, a professional cycling race modeled after the Tour de France. From Feb. 19 to 26, 16 teams from around the world will compete across 600 miles of scenic California roadway from San Francisco to Redondo Beach.