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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.

Environmental Outreach Associate

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


GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Environmental Outreach 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 Outreach 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.

The Amazing Refuge Race • August 19, 2017

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and REI Outdoor School present The Amazing Refuge Race.

2 Marshlands Rd, Fremont • August 19, 2017 • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Armed with GPS units, you and your team will “race” against other teams by attempting to complete required taskson the refuge first. Teams will be given a set of coordinates where they must try to locate using a GPS unit. Once at that location, teams must work together to complete a task. When that task is completed, teams will receive the next set of coordinates. Those who complete all tasks and arrive at the finish first wins!

Intrigued? Log on to http://www.fws.gov/refuge/don_edwards_san_francisco_bay or call Carmen at 510-792-0222 ext. 476 for additional information and rules. Don’t have a GPS unit? Borrow one of ours!

Registration is required! You may register up to 5 people for your team. A minimum of 2 people per team. The refuge may place individuals on teams containing fewer than 5 people to ensure maximum participation. Registration deadline is August 17. Go to amazingrefugerace.eventbrite.com or call 510-792-0222 ext. 476 to register. There is no cost to enter.

A look back at the last 30 years of the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society

The First Decade 1987 - 1996

 

1987: Donated funds for old Fremont pumphouse restoration, making it an environmental education classroom. Runs bookstore & purchased a copy machine for Refuge.

1988: Bought first computer at Refuge. Established bookstore at Klamath Basin NWR. Began publishing The Tideline. Established Explorer post (Boy Scouts) with emphasis on conservation & natural resources.

1989: Published Drawbridge, A Hand-Me-Down History. Began Exploring The Wilds seminars. Purchased computer and slide projector for EEC. Held first Winter Wildlife Arts & Crafts sale.

1990: Klamath Basin & Sacramento NWRs became part of SFBWS scope. Established bookstore at Sacramento NWR. Funded Summer Art Academy. Published Wetland Wildlife Viewing Guide with funding from several grant. Purchased another computer for Fremont site. Purchased electron microscope for Pumphouse classroom and Bio-Scope for EEC.

1991: Began financial support of NWR Volunteer program.

1992: Purchased a laser printer for Refuge. Part-time environmental education employees hired to keep Alviso EEC open n weekends. Positions funded with grants from the City of San Jose and Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program.

1993: Funded Latin American Internship for Hopper Mountain Condor Recovery Program through grant agreement with FWS. Malheur Wildlife Refuge, Oregon, added to SFBWS scope. Purchased a laptop computer for the Refuge.

1994: Hired Program Administrator to support growing needs of 7 programs.

1995: Grant funded up-grade EEC Pavilion & new EEC Butterfly Garden. Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention program expanded to full time position.

1996: Funded EEC Disabled Access Pathway. Published Endangered Species brochure. Purchased a video microscope for Pumphouse, a lamination machine and funded mural in the Fremont Pavilion. Salt Marsh Manual developed as a tool for teacher training for class room visits to the Refuge.

Podcast by Bay Curious narrates the history of Drawbridge

I’d like to know more about Drawbridge. Anything about the history and when and why it was created and when it became a ghost town. ~ John Aird
Drawbridge, California

Drawbridge, California. Photo courtesy Wikipedia. Copyright CC-BY 2.0

John Aird, a fifth-generation Californian who lives in Santa Cruz, had visited the ghost town of Drawbridge, CA decades ago when a few people were still living there. Now he’s back and curious about its history. A podcast by Bay Curious answers his questions about the island ghost town in the middle of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Enjoy the 10 minute podcast:

and read the accompanying KQED News article.

2017 Annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet

by Ceal Craig

On Saturday April 1, 2017 I joined the staff of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society to welcome and thank a large number of refuge volunteers at the annual volunteer appreciation luncheon in Fremont.

The San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex Volunteer of the Year was Ken Roux, a retired member of law enforcement who supports the Environment Education Center Marsh-In summer camp every year by providing security during the overnight sleepover. Ken also trains interns, conducts interpretive programs, and volunteers at several special events.

Volunteers who contributed many hours and in unique situations were recognized as well: Larry Rosenblum was named Rookie Volunteer of the Year, and the Environmental Education Restoration Crew was named Team Volunteers of the Year.

Mary Deschene, the Society’s Program Administrator, recognized Adam Champoux for his work in the Fremont Nature Store.

I am always inspired and encouraged by the many volunteers, young and old, singles and families, who give their most precious gift to us: their time and labor. Thank you all!

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