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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: https://fundraise.bylandandbyriver.org/atherton/events/2nd-annual-tuolum...
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.
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/don_edwards_san_francisco_bay/

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 www.savesfbay.org. Contact Jose Garcia at joseph_garcia@fws.gov 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 www.gngt.org

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 www.gngt.org or email info@gngt.org To sponsor or support the tour, contact info@GoingNativeGardenTour.org.

Twilight Marsh Walk Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary

One of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge’s most popular programs celebrates twenty years this April. Volunteers Mary and Gene Bobik, the creators of the program back in 1996, never thought they would still be doing the walk two decades later.

Volunteers Mary and Gene Bobik conduct a Twilight Marsh Walk at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy Gene Bobik.

Volunteers Mary and Gene Bobik conduct a Twilight Marsh Walk at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy Gene Bobik.

Welcoming you to our Board of Directors

by Ceal Craig

The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society has an open Board of Director position at this time and would welcome volunteers with an accounting, fund development, or legal background to apply.

SFBWS Board of Directors in December 2015. (From left to right): Dr. Chris Kitting, Cheryl Davis, Terry Smith, Varon Smith, Ceal Craig, John Bradley (FWS), Sue TenEyck. (Missing: Karen Natoli-Maxwell, Debra King.)

SFBWS Board of Directors in December 2015. (From left to right): Dr. Chris Kitting, Cheryl Davis, Terry Smith, Varon Smith, Ceal Craig, John Bradley (FWS), Sue TenEyck. (Missing: Karen Natoli-Maxwell, Debra King.)

We are a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) cooperating association, authorized by Congress to support the education, interpretation, and research activities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Vernal Pool Tours at Warm Springs Unit on Don Edwards SF Bay NWR

Sign up to receive notification of when Vernal Pool Tours are available. These popular tours to view wildflowers and endangered plants occur in an area normally closed to the public due to the sensitivity of the habitat. Tours are free of charge.

You will learn about the unique features of a vernal pool grassland, and hopefully observe the pools in what will likely be a good rain year! Participants will see endangered Contra Costa goldfields (Lasthenia conjugens), Downingia pulchella, several Plagiobothrys, and other native vernal pool and upland species.

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