CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Natural History: On the Presidio, the Vagrant Shrew is active year round, both during the day and night. It feeds on insects and other invertebrates. This species is found primarily in areas with deep ground cover. It nests in logs or stumps. Breeding season runs from January through May and October or November.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species may be found in annual grasslands and forests with blackberry thickets.
Frequency: This species is may occur in the Presidio. It has not been sighted in recent years.
Identifying Characteristics: This species takes on a red-brown appearance in summer and appears virtually black during the winter. It is distinguished by dark feet.
Did You Know?
Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of the Pacific branch of the army, prepared the defenses of the San Francisco Bay and ordered the first garrison of Fort Point. Kentucky-born Johnston then resigned his commission to join the Confederate Army; he was killed at the battle of Shiloh in 1862.