• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco


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Western Gull

(Laurus occidentalis)
Western Gull
A Western Gull drops a clam to break it open at Crissy Field.
Will Elder, NPS

Natural History: The Western Gull is omnivorous like the California Gull. It is a scavenger but also feeds on fish and invertebrates. It nests on ground in rocky terraces and cliffs.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in the ocean, bays, ponds, tidal sand and rock areas, and around piers, pilings, and lawns. It is a potential nester in the Presidio.

Frequency: This species is considered abundant in the summer, fall, and winter months and common during the spring.

Identifying Characteristics: This gull can be distinguished by its dark back and wings. It has a white underneath with pinkish feet.

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Did You Know?

Refugees in line for supplies, 1906

In the three days following the 1906 earthquake, the Army's refugee camps at the Presidio issued 3,000 tents, 12,000 shelter halves, 13,000 ponchos, 58,000 pairs of shoes, and 24,000 regulation blue shirts.