Thirty years ago when Refuge Naturalist John Steiner, Dr. Chris Kitting, and others organized the Society, they were focused on raising funds to save the Fremont Pumphouse and support the newly formed San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The Society accomplished those early goals and much more over the past years.
Funded by the City of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff and Pollution Prevention Program, two Society employees were hired to staff the Environmental Education Center (EEC) in Alviso, and offer public programs and field trips for schoolchildren.
The Society has also provided funds to help kick start the Bair Island restoration project, to build the EEC boardwalk, and to support many other projects these past three decades.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 is National River Cleanup Day. Come help out with litter collection as we join others around the world in an effort to keep our rivers clean. Together with other concerned citizens, we’ll pick up trash and tidy up a local body of water. Come with a hat, sunscreen, and a great attitude, and we’ll provide the rest.
Our National Wildlife Refuges face many challenges. The Board of Directors at the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society (SFBWS) strongly believes that standing with them and their mission is an important task. Thus the SFBWS, along with more than a hundred other refuge Friends groups nationwide, has signed a letter stating opposition to two bills, H.R. 218 and H.R. 1157. Respectively, the bills would authorize a road through the Izembek NWR in Alaska and a boundary change at the Monomoy NWR in Massachusetts effectively cutting that refuge in half. This letter was sent to the House Committee on Natural Resources to enter into the record of a legislative hearing by the Subcommittee on Federal Lands on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST.
San Jose Conservation Corps cleaning up various ponds and levees in the south San Francisco Bay. Credit Olivia Andrus.
by Mary Deschene
The Litterati app-based pollution prevention and trash clean-up, sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Water District, is an ongoing success at the refuge. With the help of the San Jose Conservation Corps and volunteer groups, we have cleaned up nearly two tons of trash, keeping plastics and small pieces of trash often mistaken for food by wildlife and plastics out of the bay and ocean systems.
By funding interns to assist with refuge programs, we are providing environmental education for diverse audiences that open up a world of environmental appreciation and stewardship for future generations and their families.
The Conservancy’s Explore the Coast Grant program encourages all Californian’s to explore and experience our spectacular coast.
There is no minimum grant size but the maximum grant award is $50,000. If funding is available, the Conservancy will offer these grants every year. Since 2013, the Conservancy has awarded over $2.9 million to 109 projects.
Explore the Coast grants fund a wide range of programs that bring people to the coast, increase stewardship of coastal resources, and provide educational opportunities. The grant program prioritizes projects that achieve one or more of these objectives:
* Provide coastal experiences to lower-income or other underserved populations;
* Increase the number of people visiting the coast;
* Improve barrier-free access for persons with disabilities; and/or
* Provide a valuable recreational, environmental, cultural or historic learning experience;
* Increase stewardship of coastal resources; or
* Enhance the public’s coastal experience in a way that does not currently exist.
Sign up to receive notification of when Vernal Pool Tours are available. These popular tours to view wildflowers and endangered plants occur in an area normally closed to the public due to the sensitivity of the habitat. Tours are free of charge.
You will learn about the unique features of a vernal pool grassland, and hopefully observe the pools in what will likely be a good rain year! Participants will see endangered Contra Costa goldfields (Lasthenia conjugens), Downingia pulchella, several Plagiobothrys, and other native vernal pool and upland species.