The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) cooperating association, authorized by Congress to support the education, interpretation, and research activities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The primary mission of the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society is to promote public awareness and appreciation of the San Francisco Bay and its natural history, and to conserve and preserve the remaining bay lands as essential wildlife habitat.

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Become a Supporter of the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society. Your dues will include a subscription to Tideline and a 15% discount at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Bookstore.

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Volunteer at the Refuge and gain valuable, rewarding experience. Through nature walks, talks and slide programs, help visitors understand and appreciate the natural and cultural history of the Refuge.

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Your support of our education, interpretation, and research activities is more important than ever. Any amount you’re willing to donate will be greatly appreciated! Donations may be fully tax-deductible.

Tideline

Tideline is a quarterly newsletter published by the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, with funding from San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society.
Spring
2016

From our blogs

Mama Birds in the Marsh Festival

The eggs have hatched! Let’s celebrate the new mamas! Come with your family to experience the refuge for FREE guided bird walks, a live bird show, crafts for mom, and games.

Spread your wings for bird conservation as you get up close and personal with live refuge wildlife and their habitats.

Fun for the whole family, especially mom!

No reservations necessary. For more information call 408-262-5513.

Environmental Education Center, Alviso
1751 Grand Blvd, Alviso CA 95002
Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/don_edwards_san_francisco_bay/

Field Trips and Scout Programs

General Education Program Information

Free field trip programs are offered at two sites at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society, the City of San Jose, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offer the Living Wetlands program at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso. The Don Edwards Refuge offers Wetland Round-Up field trips at the Refuge Headquarters in Fremont, and at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso.

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Our Programs
 

Living Wetlands

The Living Wetlands program (previously called Slow the Flow) is a partnership of the City of San Jose, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society.

The purpose of the Living Wetlands program is to raise public awareness about watersheds and water conservation in relation to the salt marshes at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The program aims to raise public awareness about water use issues in an effort to slow the flow of freshwater effluent to the bay’s salt marshes and increase viable habitat for endangered species.

The program includes 15 unique interpretive programs, two to three special events a year, one summer camp, and field trips and classroom presentations for schools, community partners, and nonprofit organizations.

Watershed Watchers

The Watershed Watchers program is a partnership of the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program (SCVURPPP), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society.

The purpose of the Watershed Watchers program and SCVURPPP is to prevent urban runoff pollution (pollution coming from a myriad of sources, such as oils from vehicles, detergents from washing things outside, litter, and pet waste) and increase the surrounding communities’ knowledge of such pollution, and how to reduce its harmful effects through personal behavior.

This purpose is accomplished through many avenues, with the most popular being the interpretive programs offered at the Environmental Education Center.

Programs such as bird watching and photography, night sky parties, owl programs, bacteria programs, and others, give visitors an introduction to local wildlife and how they are directly affected by our actions. One of our programs, Water, Water, Everywhere delves into everything water related, from the water cycle, to how much potable water is on this planet, to building a personal watershed model, complete with mountains and rainfall.

Outreach is also an important component to spreading the message of pollution prevention, with visits to local libraries, sciences fairs, and other environmental organizations. Community service projects allow participants to really make a difference, removing invasive plants, learning about native gardening and eliminating the use of pesticides and other chemicals. Partnerships with other like-minded organizations, such as the City of San Jose, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, and the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, help further our reach to different areas of the community.

Highlights include large scale events such as South Bay Bird Fest, Shark Day, and Spooky Slough. These events often attract hundreds of visitors, who learn about local birds, sharks, and nocturnal wildlife. Activities are geared toward teaching people about the impact to local wildlife. California Coastal Cleanup Day and National River Cleanup Day get local communities involved in stewardship and are opportunities to help spread the message of preventing urban runoff pollution.

The Watershed Watchers program has been a vital part of the Environmental Education Center’s success, putting on great programs for the public, and giving the community opportunities to learn about urban runoff pollution and then make better choices in their everyday lives to help local wildlife and in turn, help improve their own quality of life as well.


Watching Our Watersheds

A powerful, interactive and free educational tool is now available for educators everywhere, and for visitors to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. If you’re curious about the creeks, baylands, and urban drainage networks, or would like to teach your students about the local watershed, this computer program using satellite technology may be just the tool.

Watching Our Watersheds (WOW) is a project to map the creeks, urban drainage networks, watersheds, baylands, and points of interest in Santa Clara Valley. Anyone can now download these maps and view them interactively through Google Earth.

These maps have many layers including past landscapes of the San Francisco Bay. With WOW you can compare the waterways and habitats of the late 1800s to the present-day landscape. Within the maps exist points of interest such as diaries of Forty Niners who stopped in San José on their way to and from the gold mines, lists of birds and plants from early botanists and ornithologists, and some of the earliest landscape photography taken in the state. Archives were searched for every photograph, map, and manuscript revealing aspects of the Santa Clara Valley’s former ecological landscape. Each map comes with a User’s Guide to navigating in Google Earth and answers to FAQs about the WOW project and the individual layers in the map. The maps cover western, central and southern Santa Clara County.

Seeking Donations for Yellow School Bus Transportation Fund

Donations for Yellow School Bus Transportation FundThe San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society (Society) is seeking donations to make the Yellow School Bus Transportation Fund permanent and sustainable. The Fund pays for buses that enable school field trips to visit the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge as a learning laboratory.

For the last two years, the Fund has enabled school groups to participate in the Wetland Round-up Field Trip (grades K-6) and Living Wetlands (grades 5 – 12) programs at the refuge. These programs actively involve teachers, adult volunteers, and students in investigating the diverse habitats and wildlife of the refuge. Hands-on, small group activities are designed to teach basic ecological concepts and to introduce endangered species, migratory birds, and wetland habitats to the students. The programs are relevant to the appropriate State of California Education Standards.

Drawbridge

Drawbridge in 2011. Photo courtesy Cecilia Craig. Copyright CC-BY-NA 3.0Drawbridge is a ghost town nestled on an island in the salt marshes of south San Francisco Bay. In its heyday around the 1920s, as many as 600 people visited Drawbridge on weekends to enjoy its rustic atmosphere, and to go hunting, fishing, boating and swimming. Some people remember it as a quiet, peaceful town full of nature lovers, while others claim it was a rip-roaring town full of two-fisted rowdies. Over time, residents and visitors abandoned the town. In 1979 Drawbrige saw its last resident move out. Since then, it has become a ghost town and is slowly sinking into the marshlands.

Warning: No Trespassing Allowed! Drawbridge is now part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and is no longer open to the public. It is illegal and unsafe to visit the town. Trespassers on federally-managed land may be penalized with large fines. Drawbridge can be briefly viewed from the Altamont Commuter Express, Capitol Corridor, and Coast Starlight trains. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts a Drawbridge Van Excursion led by long-time volunteer Ceal Craig on a periodic basis. The tour does not visit the town itself; it only goes to the closest spot from which one can legally view Drawbridge.