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Saving wild nature in San Francisco

Green Hairstreak butterfly

KALW’s Julie Caine sat down with Amber Hasselbring to talk about nature corridors.

Over 830,000 people live in San Francisco and that number is growing. Yet beneath the dense urban atmosphere is a hidden world that goes about its own business and even has its very own roads. Well, you might call them roads, they're actually nature corridors that connect one habitat to another.

Amber Hasselbring directs a program called Nature in the City, dedicated to taking care of these miniature wild places. Her group maintains over a dozen sites that all foster life for bees, birds, and even a tiny butterfly called the green hairstreak, which nearly disappeared.

Hasselbring: “And in San Francisco alone there are 10 different endangered species and those are everything from the snowy plover, which is a bird that nests on ocean beach, to the San Francisco lessingia which is a plant in the Presidio, and the red legged frog which has some very small and isolated populations and also the mission blue butterfly which is flying up on Twin Peaks again due to restoration work there.”

Amber Hasselbring directs a program called Nature in the City.

Click the audio player above to listen to the complete interview.