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100 Bird Species Spotted: Heron's Head Park in India Basin

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<span class="credit">[Photo via <a href="http://www.patriciachangphotography.com/">Patricia Chang</a>]</span>
[Photo via Patricia Chang]

[Photos via Patricia Chang]


Located along San Francisco Bay south of the Dogpatch neighborhood lies a peninsular park known as Heron's Head, so named for its shape when seen from above. Developed accidentally by an unfinished shipping terminal in the 1970's, the park that we now visit was officially opened in 1999. In 2012, the park completed further upgrades and today is visited by thousands for both recreation and education. Where it's located: On the eastern waterfront in India Basin. It's south of the Central Waterfront and Dogpatch, north of Hunter's Point.

What it features: Landscaped trails, benches with scenic views, a fishing pier, and a LEED Platinum EcoCenter education facility.

How to get there: Driving/biking is the easiest way here. Simply take Cargo Way off Third Street and you'll run right into it. If you're more into Muni take the 44 or 19 line.

Dogs allowed?: Not only are dogs allowed, there is also on off-leash dog run.

Don't miss: All the migrating bird species, native plants, and aquatic wildlife. The park is mostly made up of a tidal marsh that attracts all manners of bird species (over 100) throughout the year. The removal of invasive plant species will help ensure this park continues to thrive for years to come.
·The EcoCenter Achieves LEED Platinum Certification! [The EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park]
·Heron's Head Park [SFGov]
·Hunters Point's Heron's Head Park Gets a Facelift [Curbed SF]