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Endangered Species Day - May 18, 2013

Endangered Species Day  - May 18, 2013

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act and take a tour of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR’s Warm Springs Unit. This unit is normally closed to the public.

When: May 18, 2013

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Description: Take this tour on Endangered Species Day and hear how the Endangered Species Act protects threatened and endangered species like the California tiger salamander, vernal pool tadpole shrimp, and the Contra Costa goldfield. Wildflower blooms and dipping for California tiger salamander larvae will be dependent on the amount of rain received in the winter.

Call Kirsten at 510-792-0222 ext 362 for reservations. Space is extremely limited and reservations are required. Driving directions will be emailed once reservations are confirmed.

Earth Day Service Day - Apr 20, 2013

Earth Day Service Day - Apr 20, 2013

Earth Day Service Day Saturday, April 20, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Help us protect wildlife and the environment while enjoying great Bay views!

11th Annual Going Native Garden Tour - Apr 20/21, 2013

11th Annual Going Native Garden Tour - Apr 20/21, 2013

Visit gardens at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center in Alviso and other local gardens during the eleventh annual Going Native garden tour.

Saturday April 20, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Southern Gardens

Sunday April 21, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Northern Gardens

Watching Our Watersheds now available!

By Julie Kahrnoff

A powerful, interactive and free educational tool is now available for educators everywhere, and for visitors to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. If you’re curious about the creeks, baylands, and urban drainage networks, or would like to teach your students about the local watershed, this computer program using satellite technology may be just the tool.

Watching Our Watersheds (WOW) is a project to map the creeks, urban drainage networks, watersheds, baylands, and points of interest in Santa Clara Valley. Anyone can now download these maps and view them interactively through Google Earth.

These maps have many layers including past landscapes of the San Francisco Bay. With WOW you can compare the waterways and habitats of the late 1800s to the present-day landscape. Within the maps exist points of interest such as diaries of Forty Niners who stopped in San José on their way to and from the gold mines, lists of birds and plants from early botanists and ornithologists, and some of the earliest landscape photography taken in the state. Archives were searched for every photograph, map, and manuscript revealing aspects of the Santa Clara Valley’s former ecological landscape. Each map comes with a User’s Guide to navigating in Google Earth and answers to FAQs about the WOW project and the individual layers in the map. The maps cover western, central and southern Santa Clara County.

Let’s Go Outside! Be a Refuge Rambler!

Refuge Rambler Club

Explore the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge with others in US Fish and Wildlife Service's walking club, Refuge Rambler. It’s a great way to meet new people and see wildlife while getting physically fit. Once a month from March to October, we will gather at designated times and locations on the Don Edwards Refuge (or areas adjacent to the refuge) to walk the trails together. Staff or a volunteer will be present to greet the group, check off trail passports and walk the trail. These walks will range from 1.5 - 9 miles and will be located in Fremont, Alviso, Menlo Park, Sunnyvale, Redwood Shores and Mountain View.

Watching Our Watersheds

Freshwater marshes seen in Google Maps via the interactive maps provided by the Watching Our Watersheds project. Screenshot courtesy SFBWS. Copyright CC BY-SA 3.0.

Freshwater marshes seen in Google Maps via the interactive maps provided by the Watching Our Watersheds project. Screenshot courtesy SFBWS. Copyright CC BY-SA 3.0.

Watching Our Watersheds is a project to map the creeks, urban drainage network, watersheds, baylands, and points of interest in Santa Clara Valley. You can now download these maps and view them interactively through Google Earth or Google Maps.

You can even compare the waterways and habitats of the late 1800s to their present day configurations. Each map comes with a User's Guide to navigating in Google Earth, and answers to FAQs about the WOW project and the individual layers in the map. The maps cover western, central and southern Santa Clara County and the data is current as of November 2012.

Free Wifi at the EEC

Environmental Education Center, Alviso, CA

The Environmental Education Center at Alviso now offers free Wi-Fi courtesy of the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society!

BioBlitz 2012 at the Don Edwards SF Bay NWR

iNaturalist.org - BioBlitz 2012 Map. Screenshot courtesy www.inaturalist.org.

iNaturalist.org - BioBlitz 2012 Map. Screenshot courtesy www.inaturalist.org.

Scientists and naturalists gathered at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge last weekend to document plants and wildlife at the refuge.

Termed BioBlitz 2012, participants at the event uploaded their photos and findings to iNaturalist.org. The website recorded a total of 126 different types of wildlife that were spotted in the 24 hours from 3 PM on October 21 through 3 PM on Oct 22.

Spooky Slough! Oct 27, 2012

Grab a flashlight and head to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso for this FREE Special Event celebrating our nocturnal neighbors!

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