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Give the Gift of Membership

This winter give the gift of membership in the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society to your family and friends.

Your donations will support the environmental education and public outreach programs at the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Remember your friends and loved ones through a donation in their name. Send a donation by December 7, 2015 and we’ll send you a gift card by December 21, 2015.

Short Answers to Hard Questions About Climate Change

As the United nations conference on climate change gets underway in Paris, the New York Times has provided quick answers to frequently asked questions on this complicated issue.

Short Answers to Hard Questions About Climate Change
By Justin Gillis
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/28/science/what-is-climate-ch...

Have more questions? Submit them here.

Climate change is real and important

In response to a recent article by David Siegel denying climate change, a group of authors have produced a summary of the causes and impact of climate change, and tactics used to deny climate science. The article is a good introduction to the problem of climate change, presented in a non-technical manner.

Climate Change is Real, and Important
By Josh Halpern, Greg Laden, Collin Maessen, Miriam O’Brien, Ken Rice and Michael Tobis
https://medium.com/@miriamob/climate-change-is-real-and-important-646b66...

A time for reflection

As the year ends, a time for reflection occurs. One question we could ask is: Where have we contributed to help others? Whether you were a volunteer who donated your time this year or a donor providing money for a cause you value, helping others can be satisfying. If you are enjoying the Tideline, we hope you will consider helping out the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex with its seven refuges.

Giving Opportunities

Give the gift of membership in the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society! Join at http://sfbws.com/join. Your gift goes into the general San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society funds to support the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex programs.

Donate to the Yellow School Bus Transportation Fund that provides equitable access to our Environmental Education programs for students from low-income neighborhoods. http://sfbws.com/donate

Help us make a connection at your company: Email mary [dot] deschene [at] sfbws [dot] com about your company’s programs for community involvement and charitable giving and we’ll take it from there.

How birdy is your Halloween costume?

Audubon California Halloween birdy costume winner 2014, June James

Audubon California Halloween birdy costume winner 2014, June James. Photo courtesy June James via Audubon California.

Join Audubon California's search for the best bird-themed Halloween costumes!

Show Audubon your inner bird and win a prize for your bird-tacular creation in one of the following categories:

  • Best kid/pet bird costume
  • Best adult bird costume
  • Scariest bird costume
  • Best group/pair bird costume

Post your photos on Audubon California's Facebook page, tweet them, Instagram them with the hashtag #bestbirdcostume (or you can email them at auduboncalifornia [at] audubon [dot] org).

S.F. Baylands Report Urges Working With Nature

- via a press release from the California State Coastal Conservancy.

In a recently released report, over 200 scientists and government officials propose a new approach to manage the challenge of sea level rise in San Francisco Bay: Work with nature, rather than against it, to protect homes, businesses, and shoreline communities from sea level rise, extreme storms, and flooding.

Shark Day • October 17, 2015

Come celebrate the National Wildlife Refuge Week October 10 through17 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 17, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Take part in one or all of these free activities:

  • S.J. Sharkie
  • Live leopard sharks
  • Nature walks
  • Crafts
  • ... and more!

For directions and more information: USFWS website or call 408-262-5513.

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week (Oct 10 - 17) at Don Edwards SF Bay NWR

Come celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week this year from October 10 through October 17 at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Take part and learn how national wildlife refuges conserve and protect wildlife and habitat through science, interpretation, and recreation at the Refuge Headquarters in Fremont.

October 10 - Fremont

Spend the day at the Don Edwards Refuge and participate in all things that make us a National Wildlife Refuge! Meet biologists, participate in survey techniques, take part in a fun, educational activity, and learn how the Federal Duck Stamp helps protects wetlands while tasting wild ducks provided by duck hunters. Be sure to stay for the live bird show presented by the Sulphur Creek Nature Center to learn about some of the amazing creatures the refuge provides habitat for. See the list of activities below.

  • Mist Net Demonstration with live songbirds
  • Mammal Trapping Demonstration
  • Lizard Surveys
  • Duck Tasting: Recreation and the Federal Duck Stamp
  • Plankton Lab
  • Live Bird Show with Sulphur Creek Nature Center
  • Learn what it takes to become a Refuge Volunteer
  • Colonial Waterbird Presentation/Bird Walk with San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
  • Twilight Marsh Walk

Don Edwards (1905 - 2015)

Former US Representative Don Edwards of San Jose, California

Former US Representative Don Edwards of San Jose, California. Photo courtesy Wikipedia via United States Congress.

Former US Representative Don Edwards of San Jose, California, a champion of San Francisco Bay Area environmental conservationists, died October 1, 2015 in Carmel, California. He was 100.

One of Mr. Edwards' proudest achievements was the creation of the nation's first urban national wildlife refuge on the southern end of San Francisco Bay. He championed the mission of the Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge (CCCR), a volunteer organization dedicated to acquiring and restoring wetlands within the refuge. Working with Santa Clara County planner Arthur Ogilvie, he lobbied Congress to establish a refuge and stop the degradation of the Bay and its wetlands. The process took seven years and in 1972 legislation was finally passed to form the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Lynnea Shuck awarded the 2015 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

2015 Gloria Barron Prize Award Winner Lynnea Shuck, on the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

2015 Gloria Barron Prize 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 was honored with the 2015 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for creating the Junior Refuge Ranger program at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and working to expand her program to all 560 National Wildlife Refuges in the United States.

Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize announced its 2015 winners on September 21 in Boulder, Colorado. The prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment. The award celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. The top fifteen winners each receive $5,000 to support their service work or higher education.

Lynnea Shuck created the Junior Refuge Ranger program at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge to connect youth to nature and propel childhood curiosity into environmental stewardship. She recently began the national rollout of her program, with the vision of expanding it to all 560 National Wildlife Refuges across the country. Already, National Wildlife Refuges in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Virginia, Maryland, Idaho, and Colorado are working to implement her program.

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