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Submit your artwork for the Earth Day 2020 Teen Environmental Art Show

Calling all Teen Artists currently attending school in grades 6 through 12!

Take advantage of a great opportunity to have your artwork on display at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge environmental education center in Alviso from April through May 2020.

All submissions are due by March 21st at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso. Artwork should be no larger than 24" by 32", be prepared with a securely attached hanger, the registration form, and label including the artist's name, grade, and the title of the piece.

Artwork should incorporate the Earth Day 2020 theme, "Climate Change."

SFBWS Nature Stores stocked with new items

If you are passionate about environmental awareness and nature conservation, you can now share your values with those you love.

The Nature Stores at the Fremont Visitor Center and the Alviso Environmental Education Center are stocked with items to inspire and inform about the National Wildlife Refuges with a local focus.

Find pocket guides, books (including a book on Drawbridge), toys, T-shirts, hoodies, hats, and more--relevant and fun items--that you can proudly gift to your family and friends on any occasion, to share your love of the Refuge.

New items this quarter: informative fields guides, soft cotton hoodies (Water is Life and Foxie), and t-shirts: Salamanders in short and long sleeve, and Dive into Nature.

  • Fremont Visitor Center: 11 am to 4:30 pm - Wed through Friday
  • Environmental Education Center: Saturday - 10 am to 4:30 pm

Biological Field Technician

Location

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Fremont, CA

General Description

One part-time (30 hours/week) biological field technician is needed to assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge for a temporary position, expected to be from mid-February through September, 2020. Primary duty station is Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, but technician may also provide support to other refuges within the Complex- website: http://www.fws.gov/sfbayrefuges/

Responsibilities

This biological field technician position will provide diverse biological field experience and professional development opportunities, including: avian predator surveys, non-native vegetation removal including herbicide application, water quality monitoring in ponds managed for waterfowl and shorebirds, bird nest success monitoring, endangered plant and animal surveys, data entry, and report preparation. Technician will conduct some duties independently, but may work as part of a team to complete other duties. Duties may include early morning/late evening surveys, occasional weekend work, working with staff and volunteers, and supply and equipment inventories or preparation.

Volume 1 Issue 2 of Tide Rising, our new quarterly newsletter, is ready

by Ceal Craig

Tide Rising: Volume 1, Issue 2, Winter 2019

Tide Rising: Volume 1, Issue 2, Winter 2019.

The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society is happy to publish the second issue of its new, digital-only newsletter, Tide Rising: Volume 1, Issue 2, Winter 2019. This issue’s theme is Restoration, Reflection, and Discovery.

As the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society publishes its second digital online newsletter, we reflect on the work the Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and partners have done to restore habitats and locations that were changed by humans in past years.

In this issue:

  • Learn about the Antioch Dunes NWR from Louis Terrazas, USFWS Wildlife Resource Specialist.
  • Susan Euing, USFWS Wildlife Biologist, will share the Complex’s efforts to restore an endangered species, the Least Tern, at the Veteran’s Affairs Alameda Point (VAAP) colony.
  • Francesca Demgen describes how volunteers and USFWS staff are working to restore and grow the North Bay Refuges.
  • How USFWS staff help us all the time!
  • How volunteers make a difference.

Thanks for reading!

San Pablo Bay NWR propogates native plants on the refuge whlle fending off infectious agents

by Meg Marriott, Wildlife Biologist, San Pablo Bay NWR and Marin Islands NWR; Josh Nuzzo, Nursery Manager, Point Blue; and Jax Vernacchia, SCA intern

San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Formed in 1974, San Pablo Bay Refuge provides 21,000 acres of tidal and seasonal wetlands habitat. These acres located in the North Bay included historically a military base and lands for agricultural and hunting.

San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Credit USFWS.

San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Credit USFWS.

Salinas River NWR forms partnerships with neighboring communities

by Tracy Flor Figueroa, Student Conservation Association (SCA) intern, San Francisco Bay NWR Complex

Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge

Formed in 1973, within 367 acres, this Refuge has six habitat types: Beach, dunes, salt marsh, saline ponds, Salinas River/lagoon, and grasslands. Located south of Moss Landing, it protects several threatened and endangered species, including Western snowy plover, Smith’s blue butterfly, and Monterey spineflower.

Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge. Credit USFWS.

Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge. Credit USFWS.

Support us with your charitable donation this 2019 holiday season

Happy Holidays!

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

Help us in our mission 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.

A general donation is appreciated, or you can select these key projects: Summer Camp 2020, FWS & SFBWS Volunteer Recognition efforts, Tai Chi at Don Edwards, Habitat Restoration & Research at Ellicott Slough and Salinas River Refuges.

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

Click here to support us with your charitable donation this holiday season.

Microplastics found in the snow of Sierra Nevada mountains of California

Samples of some of the microplastics researchers found in snow from the Arctic. Credit: Bergmann et al./Science Advances.

Samples of some of the microplastics researchers found in snow from the Arctic. Credit: Bergmann et al./Science Advances.

Zoë Schlanger, an environment reporter with the news website Quartz, writes:

This is the year we found microplastic in the snow.

Read on to find out more about researchers who have found microplastics in the Arctic, the Pyrenees, the Swiss Alps and even the Sierra Nevadas of California.

World’s oceans are losing oxygen rapidly, posing a threat to marine life

Dead sardines in Redondo Beach, California. Credit: Noaki Schwartz/Associated Press

Dead sardines in Redondo Beach, California. Credit: Noaki Schwartz/Associated Press.

Kendra Pierre-Louis, a reporter on the New York Times climate team, writes in today's edition:

The world’s oceans are gasping for breath.

Read on to find out more about a new report that says oxygen levels in the world’s oceans declined by 2 percent over 50 years, threatening marine life around the planet.

Start your 2019 holiday gift shopping with SFBWS Nature Stores

Happy Holidays!

If you are passionate about environmental awareness and nature conservation, please remember to share your values with those you love.

The Nature Stores at the Fremont Visitor Center and the Alviso Environmental Education Center are stocked with items to inspire and inform about the Refuges with a local focus.

Find pocket guides, books (including a book on Drawbridge), toys, T-shirts, hoodies, hats, and more--relevant and fun items--that you can proudly give to your family and friends this holiday season, to share your love of the Refuge.

  • Fremont Visitor Center: 11-4:30 W-F, Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Environmental Education Center: Saturday 10am-5pm

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