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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.

Fish and Wildlife Service cancels all Refuge Week events

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cancels Refuge Week events at National Wildlife Refuges due to Federal Government lapse in appropriations

Because of the lapse in appropriations that has caused the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced that all Refuge Week events at national wildlife refuges across the country are cancelled because the Service cannot meet the logistical requirements to support them. Refuge Week occurs annually from October 13 - 19.

Facilities and operations on refuges across the country remain shuttered as a result of the lapse in funding for the fiscal year that began October 1. The current lack of funding affects all activities on national wildlife refuges, including wildlife - related recreation , such as hunting, fishing , wildlife watching, hiking, boating, and conservation education.

Additional updates during the shut down will be available at www.doi.gov/shutdown.

Source: Press Release (10/16/2013) by Office of Communications, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Make Way for Science Day • October 13, 2013 • Canceled

Following the US federal government shutdown, the National Wildlife Refuge Week 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. Become a Citizen Scientist at 2 Marshlands Rd Fremont, CA 94555 on Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Interact with biologists, see the types of field work they do, and become a citizen scientist.

The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is gathering scientists and naturalists to introduce you to scientific data collection and land management techniques on national wildlife refuges. Meet the experts and see what they do first-hand. Train to be a citizen scientist and help monitor plants and animals on the refuge to document effects of climate change.

Take part in one or all of these programs:

  • Reptile Survey
  • Phytoplankton Sampling
  • Song Bird Banding Demonstration
  • Mammal Trapping Demonstrations
  • Citizen Science Workshop

Open to all ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

A schedule and more information can be found on USFWS website beginning October 1. Call 510-792-0222 ext. 476 for more information.

Annual Sale of Native Plants • October 13, 2013 • Canceled

Following the US federal government shutdown, the Annual Sale of Native Plants 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. The annual sale of native plants is at 2 Marshlands Rd Fremont, CA 94555 on Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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. For more information, call Carmen Minch at 510-792-0222 ext. 476.

LaRiviere Marsh Celebration • October 5, 2013 • Canceled

Following the US federal government shutdown, the LaRiviere Marsh Celebration has been canceled.


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

Ohlone Audubon and Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge present LaRiviere Marsh Celebration on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The LaRiviere Marsh trail is looking better than ever! Help us celebrate the trail upgrades and the new viewing platform donated by Ohlone Audubon.

  • 9:00 a.m. Family Bird Walk. Share nature with your children. RSVP required. 510-792-0222 x363 *
  • 9:00 a.m. Adult Bird Walk. Enjoy the trails and practice your birding skills. No RSVP required. *
  • 11:30 a.m. Dedication Ceremony and Refreshments at the LaRiviere Marsh Viewing Platform.
* These programs leave from the Visitor Center in Fremont.

National Wildlife Refuges closed due to government shutdown

All National Wildlife Refuges closed effective October 1, 2013 due to United States federal government shutdown.

GENERAL INFORMATION
  • 561 national wildlife refuges, 38 wetland management districts, 150 million acres.
  • Refuges on average return over $4 for every $1 to run them.
  • There is a refuge within an hour’s drive of every major city.
  • All refuge staff are furloughed except Refuge Managers and Federal Wildlife Officers for public safety and protecting property.
  • 42,000 Friends and volunteers that contribute more than 1.4 million hours annually, the equivalent of 700 staff performing 20% of work in the Refuge System, cannot volunteer during the shutdown.
  • The shutdown comes on top of years of deep budget cuts to Refuges and if the sequester cuts continue, refuges will lose 500 positions and experience a nearly 30% cut.

South Dakota Artist Adam Grimm Wins 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

Adam Grimm, an Ohio native who now lives in Burbank, S.D., is the winner of the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made today by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Rowan Gould at the Maumee Bay State Park and Conference Center in Oregon, Ohio, during the annual art contest – the only juried art competition sponsored by the federal government.

Coastal Cleanup Day • September 21, 2013

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge presents Coastal Cleanup Day at the Dumbarton Fishing Pier Parking Lot, Marshlands Rd, Fremont on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Help wildlife and the environment! You can either remove invasive weeds or pick up trash along the parking lot and trails. We’ll supply disposable gloves (or, better yet, bring your own) and trash and recycling bags. You supply energy, sturdy shoes, sun protection, and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring a reusable water bottle.

No reservations necessary. Children under age 18 must have parental approval. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To expedite the registration process, log on to http://www.fws.gov/refuge/don_edwards_san_francisco_bay to download the forms and bring to the registration table. Forms are also available at the registration table.

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