Beginning with a bookstore and financial support for projects like remodeling the Fremont pump house into a classroom, SFBWS over the decades continued to fund activities like summer camps and outfit environmental education programs with microscopes, binoculars, and publications at both the Environmental Education Center (EEC) and Fremont Headquarters. We spearheaded a fund raising campaign to build the EEC Boardwalk and worked with Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on many more projects, notably funding the Refuge Complex’s quarterly newsletter Tideline since its inception. Since 1992, SFBWS has managed employees that support the Watershed Watchers Program funded by the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program and the Living Wetlands Program funded by the City of San Jose.
Lange’s Metalmark Butterfly was the subject of poachers in the early 1990s. Photo by Susan Euing. Photo courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Three poachers were convicted in 1993 for poaching endangered insects including the Lange’s metalmark butterflies at Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. The trio received a combination of monetary fines, hundreds of hours of community service, months of in-house imprisonment, and years of probation.
The Environmental Education volunteer internship 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.
Volunteers collecting scat in the Santa Cruz mountains. Photo courtesy conservationscats.com. Copyright Conservation Scats.
The Conservation Scats program run by the University of California, Santa Cruz is looking for volunteers to collect carnivore scat samples for research. The purpose of the citizen science project is to understand how human development and activity impacts how carnivores compete with each other for prey.
Scat collection days are on December 7 and 14. Volunteers can look forward to a short introductory training session, starting at 7:30 AM followed by hiking for 3 to 5 hours and collecting scat samples.
Due to the reeds, this is recommended for those who have some kayaking experience. Slough Keepers will provide garbage bags and even some garbage barges. To sign up, contact Eric Norris at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.sloughkeepers.org for more information. Space is limited to 25 kayakers.
Help save water use by landscaping your yard with California native plants and attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your neighborhood. Sale will be held at the Visitor Center located at the first parking lot to your right.
Saturday, October 18, 2014 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.