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Support us with your charitable donation this 2020 holiday season

Happy Holidays!

We hope you will consider the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex with a donation to the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society through PayPal (or you can send a check).

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.

During this holiday season, there are people across the globe celebrating in a variety of ways and on many different days, but what we all have in common are the values these holidays represent: gratitude, compassion, and giving. Although the holiday season might look a little different this year, we can still celebrate these core values that make ourselves, our families, and our communities better.

The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society is grateful that we have still been able to connect students and families to wildlife (even though we are all at home!), and we feel compassion for those that cannot stay home and are supporting our communities and our health on a daily basis.

This holiday season, you can give back to your local community by giving to organizations that you believe help make your community better. We hope that you consider giving to us, as your gifts will be used to connect with students and families right here in the Bay Area. If you can in these difficult times, help us help the Refuges continue our environmental education and interpretive programs, the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society will be able to keep working along with many Refuge volunteers to keep our public lands available for you and wildlife.

Online Nature Store

You can show your support by purchasing items from our online Nature Store. Please email Mary Deschene, our Program Administrator, at mary.deschene@sfbayws.org to arrange a phone call and place an order over the phone. Please allow three (3) weeks for delivery. Access to our inventory is somewhat limited as it is on Refuge property.

Click here to support us with your purchase from our online Nature Store this holiday season.

Donate

A general donation is appreciated, or you can select these key projects: Summer Camp 2021, FWS & SFBWS Volunteer Recognition efforts, Tai Chi at Don Edwards, Habitat Restoration & Research at Ellicott Slough Refuge and Salinas River Refuge.

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 (EIN: 94-3039253).

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

Celebrate Winter: Identify constellations in the night sky with a Star Chart activity

Star Chart

This weekend is a great time of the month to look up at the sky to see stars and planets! The moon will be entering the "New Moon" phase on Sunday, which means there won't be light from the sun reflecting off the moon, obscuring our view of the stars. A great time to identify constellations in the night sky!

Did you know we have a world-renowned observatory right here in the Bay Area? Since 1888, Lick Observatory has provided astronomers with equipment that allows them to study the stars, planets, and universe that surrounds us. It is owned and operated by University of California. To more about Lick Observatory, their research, and more educational opportunities, visit: http://www.ucolick.org/main/index.html

On #GivingTuesday 2020 help us conserve and preserve the essential wildlife habitat of the San Francisco Bay

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, falling on December 1, 2020 this year, has become a day to support not-for-profit organizations.

We hope you will consider the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex with a donation to the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society through PayPal (or you can send a check).

About Us

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.

Giving thanks

During this holiday season, there are people across the globe celebrating in a variety of ways and on many different days, but what we all have in common are the values these holidays represent: gratitude, compassion, and giving. Although the holiday season might look a little different this year, we can still celebrate these core values that make ourselves, our families, and our communities better.

The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society is grateful that we have still been able to connect students and families to wildlife (even though we are all at home!), and we feel compassion for those that cannot stay home and are supporting our communities and our health on a daily basis.

#GivingTuesday

Next Tuesday is #GivingTuesday, a day to give back to your local community by giving to organizations that you believe help make your community better. We hope that you consider giving to us, as your gifts will be used to connect with students and families right here in the Bay Area. If you can in these difficult times, help us help the Refuges continue our environmental education and interpretive programs, the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society will be able to keep working along with many Refuge volunteers to keep our public lands available for you and wildlife.

Online Nature Store

You can show your support by purchasing items from our online Nature Store. Please email Mary Deschene, our Program Administrator, at mary.deschene@sfbayws.org to arrange a phone call and place an order over the phone. Please allow three (3) weeks for delivery. Access to our inventory is somewhat limited as it is on Refuge property.

Click here to support us with your purchase from our online Nature Store this #GivingTuesday.

Donate

Your support of our education, interpretation, and research activities is more important than ever. Any amount you’re willing to donate this #GivingTuesday will be greatly appreciated! Donations may be fully tax-deductible (EIN: 94-3039253).

Click here to support us with your charitable donation this #GivingTuesday.

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos: Create your own animal mask activity

Dia de los Muertos

Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives and friends for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31st to November 2nd.

Download our activity to learn more about this important holiday, Salinas River NWR, and our local animal ancestors! And make your very own Dia de los Muertos animal mask!

Learn about animals at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Make your own animal masks using paper and crayons.

Celebrate Halloween: Get Spooky with a Nocturnal Landscape Drawing Activity

Nocturnal spooky landscape

Use your creativity to do a spooky, fun activity this weekend for Halloween or Dia de Los Muertos!

Nocturnal animals have amazing adaptations that make them unique (and naturally spooky)!

Learn about nocturnal animals at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Draw your own nocturnal landscape using chalk and nocturnal animal cutouts.

The Fall 2020 Issue of Tide Rising, our quarterly newsletter, is here

by Ceal Craig

Tide Rising: Volume 2, Issue 1, Fall 2020

Tide Rising: Volume 2, Issue 1, Fall 2020.

The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society is happy to publish the third issue of its digital-only newsletter, Tide Rising: Volume 2, Issue 1, Fall 2020. This issue’s theme is Partnerships & Supporters.

In this issue:

  • On our second year of Tide Rising, we begin by spotlighting partnerships that make a difference on the Farallon Islands and Salinas River National Wildlife Refuges.
  • Read an exciting report on the Summer Camp 2020 delivered virtually.
  • Watershed Watchers describes long-term partnerships that have made this program alive and making a difference.
  • Both Friends groups columns this year focus on partners that helped them deliver programs to support the Refuge and the Complex.
  • The SFBWS staff have created a wonderful story activity about bees for young people.
  • People of note this quarter will say goodbye to some, welcome others, and reflect on how indigenous people influenced habitats and wildlife in earlier days.

Editors: Ceal Craig, PhD; Renee Fitzsimons
Contributors: Ceal Craig, Diane Kodama (USFWS), Francesca Demgen (Friends of San Pablo Bay), Renee Fitzsimons, Gerry McChesney (USFWS), Hope Presley, Rachel Caoili, Tracy Flor-Figueroa.

Thanks for reading!

Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day 2020 • September 29, 2020

Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 was Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day! (But we are celebrating all week!)

A day to celebrate, you guessed it, URBAN National Wildlife Refuges! But what constitutes an Urban NWR exactly? And, why are they so special?

At-home Activity: Habitats & Food Chains

Wetland Diorama

This activity is great for parents to do with their kids at home, or for teachers to implement into their curriculum for students. Explore a local habitat and learn about a special bird that lives there, then create your own habitat and learn about the importance of food chains!

Celebrate Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day 2020 with online events

Join us this weekend in celebrating National Public Lands Day (Saturday, September 26) and Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day (Tuesday, September 29! We have lots of fun virtual, at-home, and self-guided on-Refuge activities for you to participate in!

DIY Binoculars and Bird Scavenger Hunt

Recycle your toilet paper rolls and turn them into your very own pair of binoculars! Then take them outside and use them to find birds, and signs of birds! Birds are incredibly important ecosystem contributors and we have over 280 species that live or stop at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge!

⮇ Click here to download the DIY Binoculars activity sheet (PDF 6 MB) ⮇

Drawbridge: History & Virtual Tour

Saturday, September 26th 10am
Sunday, September 27th 1pm
Join Ceal Craig, San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society Board President, for a special opportunity to dive into the history of Drawbridge, a ghost town that once lived on an island along the South San Francisco Bay.
Presentation will be approximately 1 hour and will end with time for questions/discussion from participants. Direct link to the program will be provided via email after registration. Platform that will be used is Zoom. To learn more and register visit: https://virtualdrawbridge.eventbrite.com
Questions? Contact Hope at watershedwatchers@sfbayws.org

Volume 1 Issue 4 of Tide Rising, our quarterly newsletter, is ready

by Ceal Craig

Tide Rising: Volume 1, Issue 4, Summer 2020

Tide Rising: Volume 1, Issue 4, Summer 2020.

The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society is happy to publish the third issue of its digital-only newsletter, Tide Rising: Volume 1, Issue 4, Summer 2020. This issue’s theme is Exploration & Learning.

In this issue:

  • Learn about the purpose and history of the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge from someone who dreamed about them as a teen.
  • Read the latest info on the Shoreline Levee Project in the southern part of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge (DESFBNWR)
  • Two Friends groups share their thoughts about the importance of supporting the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
  • Be inspired by a Community Science project studying insects and more.
  • Learn about Phase 2 of the Salt Pond Restoration Project.
  • More ideas to explore from home.
  • Read about our latest people of note.

Editors: Ceal Craig, PhD; Renee Fitzsimons
Contributors: Ceal Craig, Donna Ball (SFEI), Renee Fitzsimons, Aidona Kakouros (USFWS), Gerry McChesney (USFWS), Matt Brown (USFWS), SFBWS Staff.

Thanks for reading!

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