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Volunteer Opportunities: Spring 2014

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Opportunities: Spring 2014 at the Environmental Education Center (Alviso, California).

If you have an interest in wildlife and their conservation, enjoy working with people, and are enthusiastic and dependable, the Environmental Education Center’s Volunteer Program is for you! As a volunteer, you’ll receive on-the- job training from staff and other volunteers in the project area you choose.

Prior to volunteering at the Environmental Education Cen- ter, you must attend a Volunteer Orientation. You can also attend the orientation just to see what opportunities there are, and if it is the right fit for you.

Upcoming Volunteer Orientations

Volunteer orientations will meet in the auditorium of the Environmental Education Center in Alviso from 11 a.m. to noon:

  • Tuesday, March 4
  • Sunday, March 30
  • Tuesday, April 8
  • Saturday, April 19
  • Tuesday, May 6
  • Saturday, May 31

Children's books based on endangered species available at Society bookstores

Two children’s books based on endangered species in the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex are now available for purchase at the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society bookstores. Follow the adventures of the salt marsh harvest mouse and the Lange’s metalmark butterfly. These stories will be cherished by children and adults for generations to come. Available for $6.99 each plus tax.

Sardis and Stamm, written by Matthew P. Bettelheim and illustrated by Nicole M. Wong.

Sardis and Stamm, written by Matthew P. Bettelheim and illustrated by Nicole M. Wong.

A Home for Salty, written by Stephanie Stuve-Boden and illustrated by Diane Adams.

A Home for Salty, written by Stephanie Stuve-Boden and illustrated by Diane Adams.

Volunteer Opportunities: Winter 2013-14

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Opportunities: Winter 2013-14 at the Environmental Education Center (Alviso, California).

If you have an interest in wildlife and their conservation, enjoy working with people, and are enthusiastic and dependable, the Environmental Education Center’s Volunteer Program is for you! As a volunteer, you’ll receive on-the- job training from staff and other volunteers in the project area you choose.

Prior to volunteering at the Environmental Education Center, you must attend a Volunteer Orientation. You can also attend the orientation just to see what opportunities there are, and if it is the right fit for you.

Upcoming Volunteer Orientations

Volunteer orientations will meet in the auditorium of the Environmental Education Center in Alviso from 11 a.m. to noon:

  • Tuesday, January 7
  • Saturday, January 25
  • Tuesday, February 4
  • Saturday, February 22

Junior Refuge Manager Program Now Available

Maximize your time spent on the refuge and participate in our Junior Refuge Manager Program. The activity book will teach your children what a National Wildlife Refuge is and what it is like to be a refuge manager.

Self-guided activities include puzzles, birdwatching, nature journaling and a stewardship project.

After completing the activities, you become a Junior Refuge Manager and receive your button. Great for individuals, girl scouts and boy scouts, and home-schooled groups.

Get Involved! Become a Citizen Scientist!

Citizen scientists at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge

Citizen scientists at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge. Courtesy USFWS.

Does science fascinate you? Do you want to make a difference and assist scientists, land managers and policy makers in decision making? Consider becoming a citizen scientist. The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge has three projects you can get involved with, ranging from recording bird use on a re-vegetated trail, uploading photographs of King Tide events, to helping document effects of climate change. These projects are ideal for individuals who come to the refuge regularly to hike, and for families and school groups who want to make a difference and take part in the scientific process. Join in one, or all of the projects listed below. No experience necessary.

Interpretation and Environmental Education Internships

The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society is looking for two interns to develop and implement interactive educational and interpretive programs for visitors to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. These volunteer internships are located at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso, CA.

The internships are provided by the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society (SFBWS), a not-for-profit working with the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife 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 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 Watershed Watchers and Living Wetlands programs are designed to reduce pollution in urban runoff and connect people with nature and their watersheds.

Recovery Plan for Tidal Marsh Ecosystems of Northern and Central California

Geographic Scope of the Tidal Marsh Ecosystem Recovery Plan that addresses endangered and threatened species of tidal marshes in California from Humboldt Bay to Morro Bay

Geographic Scope of the Tidal Marsh Ecosystem Recovery Plan that addresses endangered and threatened species of tidal marshes in California from Humboldt Bay to Morro Bay. Courtesy USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today the largest ever tidal marsh recovery effort attempted on the west coast of the United States, a plan that could cost $1.24 billion over 50 years and involve multiple federal, state and non-profit agencies.

The plan aims to restore several endangered species to a healthy enough condition that they no longer need the protection of the Endangered Species Act. These species are found predominantly in the tidal marshes running along 500 plus miles of the California coastline.

Their populations are threatened by habitat loss, population fragmentation, altered hydrology and salinity, non-native invasive species, predator attacks, disturbance, contamination, and sea level rise due to climate change.

Annual Sale of Native Plants • November 17, 2013

The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is holding its annual Native Plant Sale in Fremont by the Visitor Center from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. this Sunday, November 17.

Help save water use by landscaping your yard with California native plants and attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your neighborhood.

National Wildlife Refuges open gradually after end of government shutdown

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services employees returned to work on October 17, 2013 after a statement from Sylvia Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, officially signaling the end of the United States federal government shutdown.

Now that the bill has passed the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, the President plans to sign it tonight and employees should expect to return to work in the morning. Employees should be checking the news and OPM's website for further updates.

Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of Interior, greeted returning employees in person.

Managers at National Wildlife Refuges across the nation spread the word on social media.

So glad to be back! Your national wildlife refuges are open again and eager to serve you. Some previously scheduled special events may have been postponed or cancelled by the shutdown. Call or check ahead: http://www.fws.gov/refuges/ -- USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System

Shark Day • October 19, 2013 • Canceled

Following the US federal government shutdown, the Shark Day celebration has been canceled.


The original event planning is outlined below. Please note that this event is now canceled.

Come celebrate the National Wildlife Refuge Week October 13 through19 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 19, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Take part in one or all of these free activities:

  • Guided Walks
  • Games & Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Make a Shark Tooth Necklace
  • Pet live Leopard Sharks

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, and the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society.

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