Anticipation builds...

for the opening of the new California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.
"The first living full-time residents of the California Academy of Sciences took root inside the new Golden Gate Park building. Four of the six trees that will be part of the museum's rain forest exhibit completed an 18-month journey and were installed inside a four-story glass dome."

There is a short QuickTime video, and lots of pictures, at the link.

I think it's great we're going to have a tropical rain forest in Golden Gate Park to showcase biodiversity. But I'm always a little concerned that tropical biodiversity gets so much press, when the California floristic province is itself a biodiversity hotspot.

Conservation International's 25 biodiversity hotspots here.

Criticism of hotspot designations discussed here.

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