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California 2016-2017 Duck Stamp Art Contest

Lesser snow goose at the Salton Sea, California. Photo by Alan Vernon courtesy Wikipedia.

Lesser snow goose at the Salton Sea, California. Photo by Alan Vernon courtesy Wikipedia.

Artists are invited to submit their original artwork to the 2016-2017 California Duck Stamp Art Contest. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will accept submissions from May 13 through June 13.

The contest is open to U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older as of March 4, 2016. Entrants need not reside in California.

The winning artwork will be reproduced on the 2016-2017 California Duck Stamp. The top submissions will also be showcased at the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association’s art show in July.

The artwork must depict the species selected by the California Fish and Game Commission, which for the 2016-2017 hunting season is the lesser snow goose.

National River Cleanup Day • May 21 2016, 9am – 12pm

Saturday, May 21, 2016 is National River Cleanup Day. Come help out with litter collection as we join others around the world in an effort to keep our rivers clean. Together with other concerned citizens, we’ll pick up trash and tidy up a local body of water. Come with a hat, sunscreen, and a great attitude, and we’ll provide the rest.

California Coastal Commission’s Explore the Coast program funding

by Ceal Craig

The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society would like to thank the California Coastal Commission’s Explore the Coast program for funding a $50,000 grant to bring more school children from low-income areas to the San Francisco Bay coast to participate in our environmental education programs!

2nd Annual Tuolumne River Film and Culture Fest • May 9 2016, 6:30pm - 9pm

Celebrating water, culture and community, this year's theme is "A river lost, a river saved, and the battles to come."

Details at Tickets:
Date: Monday, May 9, 6:30-9:00pm
Location: Menlo Atherton Center for the Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton

Mama Birds in the Marsh Festival

The eggs have hatched! Let’s celebrate the new mamas! Come with your family to experience the refuge for FREE guided bird walks, a live bird show, crafts for mom, and games.

Spread your wings for bird conservation as you get up close and personal with live refuge wildlife and their habitats.

Fun for the whole family, especially mom!

No reservations necessary. For more information call 408-262-5513.

Environmental Education Center, Alviso
1751 Grand Blvd, Alviso CA 95002
Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Great Race for Saving Water

A 5K fun run and walk hosted by the City of Palo Alto, TRT and others to raise awareness about water resources and conservation. This family-friendly race and community Earth Day festival is a fun, healthy way to celebrate the environment and our precious natural resources.

Join fellow community members at the scenic Baylands for some outdoor recreation, prizes, goodies, and a chance to catch the “running toilet!”

Saturday, April 30, 9:00am
Location: Palo Alto Baylands Athletic Center, 1900 Geng Road, Palo Alto

Earth Day • April 23 2016, 11am – 1pm

Come and join us! Celebrate Earth Day at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge on April 23, 2016 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join us at Ravenswood Point (SF2 Trail) in East Palo Alto for our annual Earth Day Cleanup. Help protect the wildlife and environment while enjoying the beautiful Bay views. Gloves and trash bags provided. Children under the age of 16 welcome and must be accompanied by an adult.

Register at Contact Jose Garcia at or call (510) 792-0222 ext. 141 for more information.

New Cooley Landing Education Center Inaugurated in East Palo Alto

On Saturday April 16, the City of East Palo Alto and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District inaugurated the new Cooley Landing Education Center. Designed by local architecture firm FOG Studio, the 4,000 square foot building is located on nine acres of reclaimed landfill that had served as the San Mateo County dump for decades.

The new Cooley Landing Education Center in East Palo Alto. Photo courtesy FOG Studio.

The new Cooley Landing Education Center in East Palo Alto. Photo courtesy FOG Studio.

14th Annual Going Native Garden Tour • April 9 - 10, 2016, 10am - 4pm

The California Native Plant Society (Santa Clara Valley Chapter) in association with UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County present the 14th Annual Going Native Garden Tour.

  • Saturday April 9, 2016, 10am - 4pm: Northern Gardens (Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos, and San Mateo County)
  • Sunday April 10, 2016, 10am - 4pm: Southern Gardens (Cupertino, Santa Clara, Campbell, San Jose and south)
  • Free admission
  • Plant sales and talks at select gardens
  • Register at

Bay Area homeowners are making their gardens aesthetically pleasing, attractive to birds and butterflies, water-wise, and low maintenance by incorporating California native plants. Visit gardens landscaped with native plants on this free annual tour, now in its fourteenth year.

Garden information, maps and directions will become available to registrants the week of April 3. Registrations will be accepted until Sun, Apr 10, 2016, 3:00 pm. For information, visit or email To sponsor or support the tour, contact