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Shark Day • October 21, 2017

Bring a picnic and enjoy the Bay Area's wetland wildlife at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Take part in Shark Day at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Take part in one or all of these free activities:

  • Live leopard sharks
  • Nature walks
  • Arts & Crafts

For directions and more information: USFWS website or call 408-262-5513.

Shark Day is sponsored by the City of San Jose (Living Wetlands Program), Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Prevention Program (Watershed Watchers), The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Marine Science Institute, and the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society.

NorCal wildfires sweep over parts of San Pablo Bay NWR

NorCal wildfires swept over parts of San Pablo Bay NWR from October 9 through 11, 2017. Credit Google Maps.

NorCal wildfires swept over parts of San Pablo Bay NWR from October 9 through 11, 2017. Credit Google Maps.

Wildfires sweeping the wine country in northern California destroyed 222 acres of refuge land at the Sears Point Unit of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge on October 11, 2017. A back burn conducted two days earlier by the Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department on the 5 acre compound of the refuge headquarters ensured that all the structures there survived intact.

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week (Oct 8 - 14) at Don Edwards SF Bay NWR

Come celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week this year from October 8 through October 14 at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. On October 14, drop by the refuge to celebrate nature by exploring your creative side. Whether it’s browsing artwork by local artists, crafting animals out of paper, or creating an animal-shaped yummy treat, there’s something for everyone. Take part in some or all of the activities listed below.

  • Origami: Transform paper into animals
  • Nature Quilt Project: Put your stamp on a fabric square
  • 2017 California Jr. Duck Stamp Winners Display
  • Create your Fish Print Tote Bag: (While supplies last)
  • Animal Desserts: Get ideas for your next wildlife-themed party.
  • Art Show and Reception

Annual Sale of Native Plants • October 7, 2017

Time to landscape your yard before the rains start with drought-tolerant, native plants from the San Francisco Bay Area. Create habitat for pollinators and birds around the San Francisco Bay. Plants sold by the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
2 Marshlands Rd, Fremont, CA
For more information, call Carmen Minch at 510-792-0222 ext. 476.

For driving directions to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, go to http://www.fws.gov/refuge/don_edwards_san_francisco_bay/drivingdirection...

Dr. Chris Kitting presents at the 13th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference • October 10 - 11, 2017

Dr. Chris Kitting, a founding Board Member of San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society, is submitting a poster titled Celebrating 30 years of Francisco Bay Wildlife Society: A pilot study on macro-invertebrate recolonization at the bottom of dredged Stockton ship channel in the California Delta, at the 13th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference in October 2017.

Every two years, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership brings a focus on the management and ecological health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. The State of the Estuary Conference showcases the latest information about the estuary’s changing watersheds, impacts from major stressors, recovery programs for species and habitats, and emerging challenges.

A Poster Session Reception will be held in the early evening on October 10th. The poster session allows participants to present findings and meet colleagues in an informal setting, including the presentation of detailed, technical information on individual topics and studies that cannot be covered adequately in the plenary sessions. The posters will be on display for the duration of the conference.

October 10 – 11, 2017
Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA

Minnesota artist Bob Hautman wins 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

Bob Hautman's acrylic painting of a pair of mallards is the winner of the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Credit USFWS.

Bob Hautman's acrylic painting of a pair of mallards is the winner of the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Credit USFWS.

Bob Hautman, an artist from Delano, Minn., is the winner of the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made today by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Principal Deputy Director Greg Sheehan at the annual art contest, held at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at the Noel Fine Arts Center.

Volunteers needed to prepare duck hunting blinds

Come help Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge prepare for the upcoming hunt season by volunteering to clean up the hunting site and repair hunt blinds in the Alviso Pond area.

The refuge relies on volunteers to maintain the hunt blinds.

When: September 16, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Alviso Ponds by Moffett Field in Mountain View
What to Bring: Blinds are in ponds. Bring a flat bottom boat. Boats with a Go devil Motor or Beaver Tail motor highly recommended. Canoes and Kayaks also good.

Traffic delays on Marshland Road in Fremont this fall 2017

A 0.4-mile stretch of Marshlands Rd. from Thornton Ave. to the first parking lot is undergoing construction beginning September 1, 2017 and is expected to end February 1, 2018.

The bridge that crosses over the slough is to be replaced with one that meets earthquake safety standards.

To minimize disturbance to endangered species habitat, a short section of the road will be reduced to one lane with traffic controls. Expect delays when leaving and entering the refuge.

The Harrier Spur Trail and the LaRiviere Marsh Trailhead that connects to Marshlands Rd. will be closed during this time.

Seeking legal, business and finance skills on the SFBWS Board of Directors and Committees

by Ceal Craig

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

The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society seeks to nurture in the public a sense of understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuges, their natural and cultural history, and to support the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the bay lands as essential wildlife habitat.

We envision wildlife and its habitat thriving in a healthier San Francisco Bay area as a result of increased citizen stewardship of the environment.

Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Society is supported by over 2,000 individual members and by donations and grants from corporations & foundations. The Wildlife Society operates bookstores at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Refuge Visitor Center in Fremont and the Environmental Education Center in Alviso.

We are accepting new Board of Director members. Those with legal backgrounds and business financial experience are particularly needed.

Environmental Education Associate

Update on Sep 6, 2017: This position is now filled. Thank you for your interest.


GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Environmental Education Associate position is located at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center in Alviso, CA. The Environmental Education Center provides free programs to schools and the public, while teaching about the local wildlife, conservation, and how to help the environment. The Living Wetlands program is designed to teach about wetlands and the properties of wetlands including watersheds and water conservation. We need a highly motivated individual who has an interest in education and visitor services and will assist in educating, planning, and developing the Living Wetlands program.

The Environmental Education Associate will be a part-time employee for the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society (SFBWS), a non-profit friends group to the Refuge. The primary mission of SFBWS 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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