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Google wants to incorporate wildlife into new office project

Original post made on Jun 10, 2013

The planners behind Google's first ground-up office development in Silicon Valley want to bring wetland wildlife into the project, plans which a wildlife advocate described as "hopeful."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 7, 2013, 12:08 PM

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Posted by ric
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Does no one else see the irony in this development and Google's greenwashing of it?

For many, many decades, those 42 acres have been the habitat and hunting ground for snowy egrets, great herons, marsh hawks, redtail hawks, black shouldered kites, pheasants, hares, rabbits, california king snakes, western rattlers, foxes and many, many smaller creatures. On two occasions I've seen a golden eagles take a hare from that area.

That habitat and hunting ground has now been bulldozed into oblivion.

NASA Ames management should be embarrassed and ashamed to allow this to happen. But they are not because money talks and habitat be damned.


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Posted by Chuck
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm

ric makes a good observation.
I have seen an eagle take a snake there for brunch.
Also I have not seen an owl in two years out there.

Just curious:
How much did Google pay the government for the land they are building the expansion of a highly profitable company on?


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Posted by Ex-Serf
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 11, 2013 at 11:34 am

Rumor has it they plan on keeping wildlife there by giving the animals free meals and dry cleaning so they never have/get to leave the office area.


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Posted by Garrrett
a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I like the idea of this buildings, we have buildings that are near the bay, look at the Main Google campus, Moffett Park area, I think we can create space for birds, critters, wildlife and their support systems. I have seen some of those office parks built. Lawn and parking lots.


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Posted by Pam
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

I agree with Bob Power - no more development.

We need OPEN spaces more than we need Google or any other company. Isn't the traffic on Shoreline Blvd a sign??? Use existing bldgs or better yet get out of town.


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Jun 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Of course lets go find open land, lets build on the following open ground. Range land, farm land, horse property, grass land, dessert, yes lets build on somewhere that might have other wild life habit. We will just build more suburbs with strip malls, 6 lane streets, with more office parks, warehouses. Also create the need for more airports and freeways, create more water usage.

We could use this project to showcase the need to create wildlife habit inside of developments. We have miles upon miles of empty roofs, large parking area, lawns and more lawns. landscaping that looks nice but what does it support. A view from an office.


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Posted by Jean S.
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm

This is federal land and is going to be private property. Is there any requirement that the public will be allowed there? Seems like it should be public....did the taxpayers get to vote on selling this?


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2013 at 5:54 am

The land is leased to Google.


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Posted by Janet L
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 13, 2013 at 9:42 am

My co-workers and I have had the delight of having a nests of swallows in the eaves outside our office windows. A few co-workers complained of the mess they left on the ground below the nest, but overall people loved seeing the birds and raise their chicks. It made coming to work more fun for the few months the birds were there.


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Posted by Tod
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Good. Money helps the wetlands. We need interest and interaction, because everything will change when the water rises...


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of another community
on Jun 17, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Please try very hard to remember that wildlife is Wild. While I agree seeing nature in its natural state is a wonderful experience for humans, it is life threatening to wildlife.

Why I even learned in last summer in my travels across the west, that if you see wild life while driving your car you should not get out of the car. Any interaction with Wildlife reduces the natural avoidance that animals have to humans and may cause them to encroach more into human populations.

The world was not entirely created for our "entertainment."

Keep the wetlands Wild!


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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 18, 2013 at 9:43 am

Given the bloodbath that is the commercial real estate market in this Valley, I see no need whatsoever to ravage existing wetlands in order for the Googloids to nest together. There's plenty of vacant commercial space around in this severely overdeveloped Valley. There's a word for unlimited growth: it's called CANCER.


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Posted by Patrick
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm

How can you call your restaurant Steins and not even offer the beer in Steins. It is a disgrace. I went there once and was very unimpressed with how they set up the bar and restaurant. A true beer garden should have long tables from end to end and serve steins of beer to customers. This is just a regular bar/restaurant and nothing more.

As a side note the food and beer was good and the service was OK.


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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

That beer must have been fabulous. You're posting in the wrong thread, Patrick.


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Posted by Traffic Pained
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Has anybody even thought about the amount of traffic this is going to put on to the roads in an already congested area... yechhhhhh

Here we are worrying about birds, but what about all the noise, pollution and congestion we are now adding to our roads. First it was Google on Shoreline, now we are adding more traffic to Moffett Blvd, 101 and 85... isn't what we deal with now painful enough?


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Posted by SiliconHouse
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 8, 2013 at 10:26 am

Dear Googlers,

As you know, I am one of the co-founders of Silicon House (www.siliconhouse.us). I am an entrepreneur helping other entrepreneurs with our unique business hub concept. We make important business connections for visitors from all around the world that come to Silicon Valley to start their businesses. So far we've had people from Korea, China, Brazil, Austria, Romania and many other places stay for 3 weeks at a time, with a tailored program catered to the entrepreneur's needs.

REQUEST
Since we are based in Mountain View, we thought it would be a very positive, nice gesture for Google to provide 5 "Google Bikes" that could be housed in our garage for the entrepreneurs to use when they stay with us (we are biking distance to the Google campus). It would be good local PR, positive branding, and a nice touch for entrepreneurs that have traveled half way across the planet to be in this special place we call Silicon Valley.

Would a donation or lending of the bikes from Google to Silicon House be possible – and if so, would you be able to either make it happen or connect me with the appropriate decision maker?

Thank you for the kind and gracious attention – I genuinely appreciate the support!