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Environmental Education Internship

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

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.

Scat collection in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Volunteers collecting scat in the Santa Cruz mountains

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.

For more information go to conservationscats.com or contact its Project Leader, Justine Smith.

Alviso Slough Cleanup

Sloughkeepers cleaning up Alviso Slough in their kayaks

Sloughkeepers cleaning up Alviso Slough in their kayaks. Photo courtesy sloughkeepers.com. Copyright Sloughkeepers.

Join your love of kayaking in the San Francisco Bay and a clean environment by participating with our partners the Sloughkeepers in cleaning Alviso Slough. Bring a kayak out to the upper lot’s launch ramp at the Alviso Marina on Sunday November 23 at 11:00 AM. Be prepared to paddle through the slough and some reeds to clean up our neighborhoods waters.

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 sloughkeepers@gmail.com and visit www.sloughkeepers.org for more information. Space is limited to 25 kayakers.

Spooky Slough! • October 25, 2014

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!

Crafts, costumes, live animals, and much more!

Science Day • October 18, 2014

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week October 11-18 at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Discover what wildlife species lay on the refuge’s land, water, and air with experts, or discover them on your own. Join us for a day of exploration as we view creatures up close.

  • Bird Banding
  • Macroinvertebrate Sampling
  • Mammal Trapping
  • Plankton Sampling
  • Bird Walks
  • Microbe Sampling
  • Plant Walks
  • Workshop on Citizen Science Apps
  • Twilight Marsh Walk
  • Insect Exploration

Annual Sale of Native Plants • October 18, 2014

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.

Lynnea Shuck Honored by Earth Island Institute for Creating Refuge’s Junior Ranger Program

Brower Youth Award Winner Lynnea Shuck, on the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Brower Youth Award Winner Lynnea Shuck, on the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy USFWS. Copyright CC-BY-NA 3.0

Lynnea Shuck, a 17-year-old volunteer who created the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge’s first Junior Refuge Ranger program, has been named one of six youth leaders in North America to receive the Earth Island Institute’s prestigious Brower Youth Award.

The awards, part of the Institute’s New Leaders Initiative, recognize young environmental activists ages 13 to 22 for outstanding efforts to promote ecological sustainability and social justice.

Shuck, a senior at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, Calif., has been volunteering with the refuge since 2010. She created her innovative Junior Refuge Ranger program in 2013, when she recognized an opportunity to more actively engage young people who, in turn, can become advocates for wildlife protection and the refuge system.

National Wildlife Refuge Week is October 12-18!

Look for special events at your local national wildlife refuge to celebrate the largest network of lands devoted to wildlife and conservation. There’s at least one in every state. In the meantime, here’s some trivia about the refuges in the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

By the numbers ...

  • 7 National Wildlife Refuges are in the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge System Complex.
  • 2 percent of San Pablo Bay NWR lands were purchased using money generated by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps.
  • 11 adult burrowing owls were surveyed at the Warm Springs Unit on the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR in June 2014.
  • 40 years ago the north Farallon Islands and West End Island were designated as Wilderness by US Congress.
  • 40,000 cubic yards of sand dredged from the San Joaquin River as part of the Port of Stockton’s annual river maintenance program were deposited on Antioch Dunes NWR to create sand dune habitat. More is needed.
  • 1992 is the year Marin Islands NWR was established.
  • 14 Santa Cruz long-toed salamander larvae were discovered in newly constructed Prospect Pond at Ellicott Slough NWR.
  • 4 federally-listed threatened and endangered species are known to occur on Salinas River NWR.

Coastal Cleanup Day • September 20, 2014

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 20, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Do you want to help wildlife and the environment? Join the thousands of people around the world for International Coastal Cleanup Day. At Don Edwards SF Bay NWR you can remove invasive weeds or pick up trash along the parking lot and trails. We’ll supply plastic gloves (or 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.

Volunteers can choose to be shuttled to areas along the Shoreline Trail to reach areas farther away. For more information, call 510-792-0222, ext. 362 for the Visitor Services Intern or Paul Mueller at ext. 361. 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.

Fremont Coastal Cleanup Day Needs Volunteers To Run the Event • September 20, 2014

Come volunteer as an organizer for the Coastal Cleanup Day at the Dumbarton Fishing Pier Parking Lot, Marshlands Rd, Fremont on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Organized by the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the event is expected to draw a hundred odd participants who will remove invasive weeds or pick up trash along the parking lot and trails.

You can volunteer in any of the following ways:

  • Set up the tents and tables at around 8 am on Saturday September 20.
  • Hand out registration forms at the registration table and accept filled-out forms.
  • Direct participants at the assignment (and safety message) table.
  • Hand out gloves and trash bags to participants at the equipment table.
  • Ride shuttles along the Shoreline Trail with our truck drivers to pick up trash bags, hand out water, or take people back from farther areas.
  • Help participants identify and remove the targeted invasive plants in the weed removal project.
  • Troubleshoot, solve problems, give out information about the refuge, and assist where needed.
  • Take everything down at the end of the event around noon

To volunteer or ask a question please contact Paul Mueller, Volunteer Coordinator, San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Email paul_mueller@fws.gov or call at 510-792-0222, ext. 361.

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