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Best Human Guide to Endangered Species San Francisco 2009 - Brent Plater

Brent Plater, who teaches in the environmental studies department at San Francisco State University, possesses a seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of the endangered birds, plants, and fish found in the Bay Area. Last year he put his nature smarts to use. The former Bay Area director of the Center for Biological Diversity organized a massive treasure hunt to encourage people to see all 33 threatened and endangered species in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The contest, called the GGNRA Big Year, drew a few thousand people over the course of a year for trips to spots like Fort Funston to see California sea otters, or to the Presidio to find the yellow Lessingia flower. Plater has a story for every species: The Raven's manzanita is not merely an evergreen shrub but the "loneliest plant in the world," the Western snowy plover is "the cutest little puffball of feathers," and the humpback whale the "most acrobatic whale." This year Plater has been campaigning for the restoration of Pacifica's Sharp Park Golf Course into a habitat for endangered animals, and was recently awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach environmental law and policy in Trinidad in 2010.

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naturalhome
naturalhome

Please go to Trinidad and improve that neglected part of the planet, Brent. And then please come back!! We need you around here: you are an inspiration to many, many people to do good things for those that are least like us.

Vince Chutney
Vince Chutney

Please! Please! Please go to Trinidad, Brent. Or go back home to Michigan. But please. Leave us alone. This guy is completely obsessed, completely unbalanced, and a hypocritical, lying phoney. Just perform a google search on Center for Biological Diversity and Chilton Ranch. I rest my case.

Robert
Robert

Brent gives 100% to everything he does -- he is amazing!

nadira
nadira

We love Brent Plater and Sharp park loves Brent!!!

beatrice whipple
beatrice whipple

This is a really cool "best" category and Brent Plater sounds like a really cool guy.

I would like to take one of his classes.

Congrats on being recognized as a Best Human Guideto Endangered Species.

sfsustudent
sfsustudent

You'll be missed at SFSU while you are in Trinidad!

An inspiring teacher.

Come back soon!

Lucy Lyons
Lucy Lyons

Thanks for honoring such an amazing inspiring organizer! and on such an important issue.

sfplants
sfplants

One thing I liked about this was that the trips also highlighted plants.

Plants are too often overlooked, but Brent did a great job focusing our attention on the great diversity of non-animal life we have in the Bay Area.

Good luck in Trinidad too!!

Thanks Again for all the hard work.

Jiro
Jiro

A great project and a great guide.

I went on a few trips and he was always welcoming.

He also gave tips on how to save the species we went looking for.

Hope we get a chance to do it again one of these years!

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