Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 15, 2014

New UN Protections Migratory Birds, Fish & Mammals

Agence France-Presse reports

Polar bears, whales, sharks and gazelles were among 31 new species granted new protection status by the UN conservation body, following six days of “intense” talks by leading conservationists.

A record 21 species of shark, ray and sawfish were added to the list.

The polar bear, which is found in the Arctic, and the widely-distributed Cuvier’s beaked whale made the list too.

Also newly protected are the red-fronted gazelle, common in Africa, and the great bustard, found in Europe and Asia.

Read full story at Migratory birds, fish and mammals get new UN protection – Yahoo News.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 15, 2014

Southern California Fall Color Updates 11/15/14

California Fall Color  has fall color updates for Southern California

In the mountains, color is now past peak in the Angeles National Forest, north of Los Angeles, though the San Bernardino National Forest, north of San Bernardino, still has nice pockets of peak color at lower elevations such as surrounding Lake Gregory. The San Jacinto Mountains near Mountain Center are peaking and the Mt. Laguna, Mt. Palomar and Julian areas vary from peak to past peak.

LA County Arboretum & Botanic Gardens Near Peak 50-75% – Frank’s report indicates it’s time to explore our state’s urban forests and arboretums.  At the LA County Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, sour gum, chinaberry, Jerusalem thorn, eastern redbud and maples are filling with yellow, golden, orange and crimson color. GO NOW!

See full report and photos at:  LA County Arboretum Approachs Peak Fall Color

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 15, 2014

Fall Photos From Napa’s Quiet Side 11/15/14

Napa has a quiet side. If you drive up the hills west of highway twenty-nine, there are quiet twisty roads going through the forest. The residential areas have street trees showing lots of fall color. The vineyards varied with some still showing a lot of color and others past peak.

As you get up into the hills the fall color star is the Big Leaf Maple. Also in color are Spice Bush, Oregon Ash, Willows, Walnut and Oaks. Toyon is showing off its bright red berries. Less colorful but interesting are the Buckeye trees which have lost their leaves and are in fruit. Also colorful were the Acorn Woodpeckers and Stellar Jays, who were out in number along with Golden-crowned Sparrows, Turkey Vultures and Ravens.  Lichens hanging down from trees and covering fences provided more photographic interest.

Scenic roads were Redwood Road, Mt, Veeder Road and Dry Creek, which combined make a nice loop. If you want to see color go now as it won’t last long.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 15, 2014

2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards

See the winning photos of this year’s Wildlife photographer of the year Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 14, 2014

Birding Albany Mudflats 11/14/14


Avocet, American Coot, Canada Goose, Dowitcher

Avocet, American Coot, Canada Goose, Dowitcher

The Albany Mudflats Ecological Reserve at low tide was full of waterbirds and shorebirds today. There were many  American Avocets, American Wigeon, Green-wing Teal and Marbled Godwits. Also in good number were American Coots, Ring-billed Gulls, Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintails, Canadian Geese and Ruddy Ducks. Most surprising was seeing four Yellowlegs together, which was a first for me. We identified twenty-nine different birds.  Today’s list: Albany Mudflats Bird List 11/14/14

The Albany Mudflats are tidal mudflats at the mouths of Codornices, Village, and Marin Creeks, between the Albany Bulb peninsula and Pt. Isabel. They are  protected as important habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds.


American Wigeon, Green Wing Teal, American Coot,Northern Shoveler, Willet

American Wigeon, Green Wing Teal, American Coot,Northern Shoveler, Willet

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 14, 2014

Napa Valley Fall Color 11/14/14

California Fall Color has a new report for Napa Valley

Napa Valley (Peak 75-100%) -Reports from the Napa Valley have been that this has been one of the most gorgeous autumns in years.  Susan Taylor’s striking photos from this past weekend show what’s happening. GO NOW! 

See photos at: Napa Valley Continues to Glow

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 14, 2014

Legal Challenge To Idaho Wolf Hunt

Press Release Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife to Challenge BLM’s First-ever Approval of Wolf Hunting Derby on Public Lands in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho –  Defenders of Wildlife will ask the courts to reverse a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decision granting a permit for an Idaho anti-wolf group to hold a predator killing contest annually over the next five years on over 3 million acres of public land in eastern Idaho.

The court challenge will allege that, by allowing the predator derby targeting wolves, coyotes and other predators on public lands around Salmon, ID, BLM has undermined the Northern Rockies wolf recovery program that began in 1995 with reintroduction of wolves in Idaho and other states, and has violated the management standards set in place for potential and designated wilderness within the permit area. Defenders and other conservation groups have asserted that such commercial predator-killing derbies are a reflection of 19th century thinking and hatred towards predators and have no place on federal lands in the 21st century. They also say this persecution of predators flies in the face of modern day science that recognizes the valuable role that predators play in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 14, 2014

Robin Hood’s Oak Tree Is England’s Tree of the Year

The Guardian reported

1,000-year-old oak in Sherwood Forest has won the popular vote for England’s tree of the year. With a girth of ten metres concealing hollow hideaways in its trunk, the mighty Major Oak is reputed to be a bolt-hole of Robin Hood and his gang when fleeing the tyrannical Sheriff of Nottingham. Almost as many stories cling to this ancient tree as acorns 150,000 and persuaded the public to vote it their favourite in a competition organised by the Woodland Trust.

Read full Story at Major oak in Sherwood Forest voted England’s tree of the year | Environment | The Guardian.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 14, 2014

Plan To Save 30,000 Seabird Annually

from Birdlife International

Namibia takes positive steps to save 30,000 seabirds a year

Following a meeting with the BirdLife’s Albatross Task Force, The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Namibia has introduced new fishery regulations which should practically eliminate seabird mortality from one of the most destructive fisheries in the world.

This is more excellent news for the Albatross Task Force (ATF) who have been working with the Ministry in Namibia since 2008, and have demonstrated that the combined levels of seabird mortality for their hake longline and trawl fisheries is around 30,000 seabirds per year, which is one of the highest levels in the world.

The ATF have demonstrated that adoption of simple and cost-effective mitigation measures in both these fisheries could reduce mortality to negligible levels.

Incidental bycatch in fisheries constitutes the major threat for many vulnerable populations of seabirds. Globally 300,000 seabirds are killed in longline and trawl fisheries each year where they are hooked and drown on baited hooks or are struck by trawl cables and dragged under water. Approximately 100,000 of these birds are albatross, the most threatened family of birds with 15 of 22 species at risk of extinction.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 13, 2014

San Francisco Fall Color 11/13/14

California Fall Color reports on San Francisco Fall Color

10-50% – The City should be peaking over the next three weeks.  It’s now patchy, though SF’s fall color should move to near peak between this weekend and Thanksgiving Day.  Beautiful color is seen throughout the city’s neighborhoods, though is best in Golden Gate Park at the Arboretum and Japanese Tea Garden, where it is peaking now.


Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 13, 2014

Arizona and New Mexico Fall Colors 11/13/14

Southwestern Region National Forests have the following new Fall Color Reports for 11/13/14. Note that most areas are done for the season and most of the reports are over two weeks old indicating those areas may also be done.


Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Fall colors are done for the season on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Coconino National Forest

This report for the Coconino is from 10/16/2014.

Fall colors are at their peak in the high country around Flagstaff and along the Mogollon Rim.

Suggested sites near Flagstaff:

Hart Prairie (Accessed via Hwy. 180 and Forest Road (FR) 151 and/or FR 418, which also loops around the north end of the Peaks for a pretty view)

Lockett Meadow (Hwy. 89 north approx. 12 miles north of Flagstaff to FR 418/420 junction, then FR 552) The Inner Basin Trail is a good hike from here.

Kendrick Park Watchable Wildlife Trail/Kendrick Mountain Wilderness (via Hwy. 180 north of Flagstaff.

Suggested Drives on the Mogollon Rim District (north of Pine and Strawberry near Blue Ridge):

FR 321 aka “Dane Ridge” (Hwy. 87 to FR 95 next to the Mogollon Rim Ranger Station, right on FR 96, right on FR 321)

FR 300 aka “Rim Road” or “General Crook Trail” (Hwy. 87 or Hwy. 260 to FR 300, 2.5 miles east of Hwy. 260, 10 miles north of Strawberry)

Not too much has changed yet in the lower elevations around Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona. Their fall colors tend to trail a week or two behind.


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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 13, 2014

Shasta Cascade Fall Color 11/12/14

California Fall Color has an update for the Shasta Cascade Region. Report highlights below. See photos at Shasta Cascade

This will likely be the last week to see peak color in Plumas, Lassen and Siskiyou counties in the Shasta Cascade region of northeast California. Many of their trees are now losing leaves, though beautiful color can still be found in spots. While these higher elevation areas are moving past peak, all lower elevation areas near the Trinity, Feather and Sacramento Rivers in the Shasta Cascade are now peaking. They will likely carry full peak through next week.

Butte County (Peak 75%-100%) As reported earlier this week, Esplanade Blvd. in downtown Chico is glorious.  A canopy of fully peaked towering trees overhangs the broad boulevard.  Bidwell Park and the CSU Chico campus are now painted with auburn, crimson, purple, yellow, gold and orange.  Exotic plants are showing brilliant color.

Tehama County (Peak  75-100%)Tehama County, at the north end of the Sacramento Valley, is now peaking.  The best color is found beside the Sacramento River at William P. Ide Adobe State Park, the Red Bluff Recreation Area off Sale Lane, Red Bluff River Park downtown and northeast of Red Bluff where Jellys Ferry Rd crosses the river.

Shasta County (Peak 75%-100%) Towering cottonwood and other riparian trees at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, the McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Garden, at Sundial Bridge and along the Sacramento River Trail are peaking. Anderson River Park in Anderson has a beautiful blend of red, yellow, soft green, and orange, all on one tree. Cottonwood along the river are now losing leaves.

Trinity County (Peak 75%-100%) On Hwy 299 from Redding west to Fortuna motorists pass pockets of golden cottonwood, yellow bigleaf maple and chartreuse wild cucumber, all accented with spots of crimson beside the Trinity River.

Modoc County (Peak 75%-100%) Modoc National Forest is at peak with an abundant display of fall color.

Siskiyou County (Peak  to Past Peak) Fall is fading fast in Siskiyou County. In the town of Mt. Shasta, many planted trees have peaked and are now losing leaves. Snow-covered Mt. Shasta provides a dramatic backdrop to the remaining color

Plumas County (Peak to Past Peak) Plumas County was the first part of the Shasta Cascade to peak  is “definitely past peak” though color can still be found in the Feather River Canyon and around Greenville.

Lassen County (Peak to Past Peak) Similar to Siskiyou and Plumas, Lassen County is now past peak,



Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 13, 2014

Oakland Redwood Park Fall Color11/12/14

Calphoto reported on fall color in Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, CA

There is some gorgeous color in Redwood East Bay Regional Park right now. Easy flat paved path for folks who have some mobility limitations.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 13, 2014

Major Protections For Asian Migratory Mammals

Press Release Wildlife Conservation Society

Major Initiative Endorsed Today to Protect Asia’s Migratory Mammals

  • The Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Conference of the Parties (COP) agreed to adopt a Central Asia Migratory Mammal Initiative

  • Central Asia contains some of the last great migratory spectacles of large mammals including Mongolian gazelles, saiga antelope, Tibetan antelope and other species

  • New Initiative protects 15 large mammal species

  • Central Asia’s landscapes are under increasing threat from development pressures

  • Linear infrastructure –roads, fences, and other structures – act as barriers to movement of migratory mammals

QUITO, ECUADOR (November 7, 2014) – The Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), at their 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) in Quito, Ecuador, agreed today to adopt a Central Asia Migratory Mammal Initiative to protect wildlife in the region from increasing development threats, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) reports.

Said Peter Zahler, WCS Asia Program Deputy Director: “Central Asia contains some of the last great temperate grasslands left in the world, vast natural desert regions, and some of the greatest mountains on the planet. Because of that, it also harbors some of the last great migratory spectacles of large mammals – over a million Mongolian gazelle as well as saiga antelope, Tibetan gazelle, Tibetan antelope, and giant argali sheep – a total of 15 large mammals under consideration in this Initiative.”

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 12, 2014

Yosemite Fall Color 11/11/12

California Fall Color  has a new report on Yosemite. It echos some of what was in yesterday’s posting about Michael Frye’s observations Yosemite Fall Color 10/21/14  Below are some highlights. See photos an number of Yosemite fall color photos  at  Yosemites fall color is now peaking – GO NOW

the leaves were showering the valley floor as they departed (note to self: recruit more spotters to check out Yosemite Valley in late October each year), though he imagines the color will continue for another week and will probably be near past peak by Thanksgiving Day.

young aspen, dogwood and oaks now paint the hillside with yellow, rose and orange fall color.  Given the present beauty of this area, it should improve to being one of the most spectacular displays of fall color in the national park in coming years.

Yosemite National Park Peak 75-100% – All areas in the national park are at peak or past peak. Yosemite Valley and Wawona have a week, perhaps two depending on wind of peak color left to go.  GO NOW!


Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 12, 2014

Lawsuit To Protect Walruses From Arctic Drilling

Press Release EarthJustice

Conservation Groups File Lawsuit to Protect Struggling Walruses from Arctic Drilling

Coalition challenges U.S. Fish and Wildlife rule allowing oil industry to harm mammals in the Chukchi Sea

A coalition of conservation organizations filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today, challenging a rule that permits oil companies, like Shell Oil, to harm Pacific walruses during Arctic Ocean oil drilling beginning as early as next year in key walrus feeding areas.

Approximately 35,000 walruses gather on the northwest coast of Alaska, near Point Lay, on Sept. 27, 2014.

Approximately 35,000 walruses gather on the northwest coast of Alaska, near Point Lay, on Sept. 27, 2014.
Corey Accardo / NOAA

The Arctic Ocean’s sea ice is rapidly melting due to climate change, creating dire consequences for Chukchi Sea walruses which depend on the ice for resting, raising their young, feeding, and avoiding predators. As a result of this melting, the walruses have been forced ashore in recent years. This year it happened again as 35,000 walruses crowded together on the Alaskan Arctic coast just a few weeks ago. Walruses must swim distances up to 100 miles from these coastal haulout areas to reach Chukchi feeding grounds to find the clams and other bottom species they need to survive. They are vulnerable to stampedes and trampling when forced to use coastal resting areas.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife rule puts these already at risk mammals directly in harm’s way by allowing risky oil company operations in key walrus foraging areas in the Chukchi Sea. This rule is being challenged by Earthjustice on behalf of Alaska Wilderness League, Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace, Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands, Sierra Club and by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 11, 2014

Santa Cruz County Monarch Butterflies & Fall Color – Updated 11/13/14

Calphoto reported

The yellow of the big leaf maples in the Redwoods was lovely on my drive from San Gregorio on 84 up to 35 yesterday. I suspect one could find nice color contrasts on the peninsula with some looking.

California Fall Color has the following fall color and Monarch Butterfly report for Santa Cruz County.

Monarch Butterflies Peak 75-100% – The monarch butterflies have returned to Natural Bridges State Park and other nesting areas along the California Coast.  GO NOW!

Summit Road Peak 75-100% – Summit Road is canopied with yellow bigleaf maple. GO NOW!

See photo and full report at: Monarch butterflies return to Santa Cruz.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 11, 2014

How You Can Help Save Knowland Park

From Save Knowland Park

Oakland’s beautiful and wild Knowland Park is under threat, and we need your help. Right now, it’s home to range of wildlife, including threatened species, native grasslands, and woodlands, and it’s free to the public. However, the Oakland Zoo wants to take over the heart of it, 77 acres, to add to zoo property, including an exhibit on species that are regionally extinct due to development—while displacing a wide range of species that currently rely on the park.

We need YOU to come to Oakland’s City Council Meeting on Tues 11/18, to show that you support protecting this important parkland.

This has been a long saga, which you may have heard about, and this may be the last chance we have to protect the park. The Oakland City Council will meet on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 at 5:30 pm at Oakland City Hall to vote on whether to grant the zoo additional park acreage.

Please RSVP to come out to City Hall on Tues 11/18 to protect our park!

It is absolutely critical that we turn out a BIG crowd to demonstrate that—as our recent poll findings showed—voters don’t support the current zoo expansion plan sited on the park’s most sensitive natural area. Right now the zoo is trying to take more parkland—from the public—to “mitigate” for its bad decision in insisting on building atop the ridgeline. What?!

Please join us at the City Council meeting to tell the City Council what the wildlife protection agencies recommended in the first place, and the public has been demanding for years: move the development elsewhere—and preserve the park for all the resident wildlife, including the prime habitat for the threatened Alameda Whipsnake, rather than having to mitigate for its loss.

Sign up here if you can come, or want to help out:

Thanks for helping us win this fight!

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 11, 2014

Yosemite Fall Color 11/10/14

Michael Frye has a report on his photo blog on Yosemite Valley Fall Color

Overall the color in the valley was quite nice. The big-leaf maples have held on longer than I expected, and at least 70% still have their leaves. The black oaks were near peak, with some still partially green, but most trees completely turned. It doesn’t seem to be a great year for dogwoods, as many have just turned brown, but we found some colorful specimens, especially in the west end of the valley. And as I said in my last post, the cottonwoods are all out of sync, with some already bare, but the ones that were green a week ago have turned and have some rich color. It’s not the best autumn in Yosemite Valley, but I’ve seen much worse, and it’s quite pretty right now. There should still be some great color through this weekend.

See  photos at Yosemite Valley Fall Color « In the Moment: Michael Frye’s Landscape Photography Blog

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 11, 2014

Zion Fall Color 11/10/14

Calphoto has a new fall color report for Zion National Park

Zion over the weekend. The scenic drive is near peak or at peak but with this warm weather it should last a week or two more. All the cottonwoods are around 50-75% peak at the Campground, The Towers of the Virgin and Zion Lodge & Temple of Sinawava and along the river. It’s just at peak along the River Walk but it should be good for another week. Maple trees along the Emerald Pool trail has passed peak but still good. It’s the most beautiful right now from the Grotto to the Big Bend. The Weeping Rock trail is also at peak.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 11, 2014

Microscope Photography Winners

See the 20 winners of Nikon’s Small World microscope photography winners at 20 Incredible Photos of a World Too Tiny to See | WIRED.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 10, 2014

Northern California Fall Color 11/10/14

California Fall Color has the following new report

 traveling from Auburn to Lincoln, then north to Yuba City and on to Chico and Vina.  This route skirts the northern goldfields of the northern Sierra foothills, passing through trim and tiny farming communities known for their walnuts, prunes, olives, almonds, rice, kiwifruit and grapes.

Fall color is best seen in the walnut orchards, streams and towns the along the route. The walnut groves are mostly patchy, though close to being near peak. Riparian cottonwood are at peak or past peak, while the tall shade trees planted in the towns are peaking.

The brightest fall color to be seen along the route is in residential areas of Auburn and Chico.

Auburn (Peak – 75-100%) - Beautiful fall color is seen throughout Auburn’s neighborhoods, as exotic trees are at full peak. GO NOW!

Highways 65, 70 and 99 North (Near Peak – 50-75%) - Towering shade trees on the highways leading to and within the farm communities of Wheatland, Olivehurst, Live Oak, Gridley and Vina are near peak.  Walnut orchards along the highway are patchy.  Riparian cottonwood have peaked or are past peak. GO NOW!

Chico (Peak – 75-100%) -Downtown Chico and Bidwell park are at full peak with towering shade trees full of yellow, gold, red, auburn and orange color.  Esplanade north of CSU Chico has a beautiful canopy of color. GO NOW!

See photos at Fall color from Auburn north to Vina is near peak.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 10, 2014

Endangered Least Terns In Alameda Protected

Golden Gate Audubon’s blog, the Golden Gate Birder reports

Alameda’s nesting colony of endangered California Least Terns has a new government landlord – and a secure home for the future.

After years of negotiations, the U.S. Navy transferred 624 acres of its former airfield at Alameda Point to the Department of Veterans Affairs VA on Monday, November 3.

The transfer includes the former airstrip that was adopted by Least Terns for nesting in the 1970s and that has become the most productive breeding site in California for that species. More than 500 acres – including the area used by the terns – will be preserved as a wildlife reserve.

Read full Story at Endangered Alameda terns get a secure home | Golden Gate Audubon Society.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 10, 2014

Southern California Fall Color 11/9/14

California Fall Color has two new fall color updates for Southern California

Lake Gregory Peak 75-100% – This is one of the last resort areas of the San Bernardino Mountains to peak; color should remain good through the coming week. GO NOW!

Lake Hemet Peak 75-100% – Large cottonwood provide a golden canopy to the campgrounds at Lake Hemet in the San Jacinto Mountains, providing for a colorful place to camp while out color spotting. Weather permitting, peak should last for two weeks. GO NOW!

See photos at  Lake Gregory and Lake Hemet are peaking with fall color.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 10, 2014

Obstacles To Yellowstone Pronghorn Migration

ScienceDaily reports on a study of the obstacles to Pronghorn MIgration in the greater Yellowstone region. Natural gas field development, highway traffic, and fencing in the upper Green River Basin all create obstacles to the migration of pronghorn.

Read story at Gauntlet of obstacles facing migrating pronghorn in greater Yellowstone — ScienceDaily.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 9, 2014

Strange, Fanged Deer

Press Release Wildlife Conservation Society

Strange, Fanged Deer Persists in Afghanistan

WCS study confirms that endangered musk deer still live in Nuristan Province – some 60 years after last sighting

Species targeted by poachers: Musk deer scent glands are more valuable than gold

Study appears in the October issue of the journal Oryx

More than 60 years after its last confirmed sighting, a strange deer with vampire-like fangs still persists in the rugged forested slopes of northeast Afghanistan according to a research team led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which confirmed the species presence during recent surveys.

Known as the Kashmir musk deer – one of seven similar species found in Asia – the last scientific sighting in Afghanistan was believed to have been made by a Danish survey team traversing the region in 1948.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 8, 2014

Fracking Bans Win in Two California Counties, Fail in One

Sierra Club Press Release: Fracking Bans Win in Two California Counties, Fail in One | Sierra Club National.

Fracking Bans Win in Two California Counties, Fail in One

Gross Spending Helped Oil Industry Mislead Public in Santa Barbara County

SACRAMENTO—Voters in two California counties were able to overcome a Goliath of an opponent—the oil industry—and pass fracking bans yesterday by wide margins. Measure J in San Benito County passed with 57% of the vote, and Measure S in Mendocino County passed with 67%.

However, Measure P in Santa Barbara County, which was very similar to the San Benito measure, lost after oil industry groups spent more than $7.6 million to beat the measure placed on the ballot by local grassroots groups. That spending ranked the local ballot measure campaign in Santa Barbara as one of the most expensive in the country. The oil industry’s campaign relied heavily on advertising that misled voters about the measure’s content, and outspent proponents by more than 20 to 1.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 8, 2014

UK Plan To Protect Bees

The BBC reported

The government has made an agreement with landowners including Network Rail and the Highways Agency to restore bee-friendly habitat throughout England.

It is part of a 10-year National Pollinator Strategy.

But some conservation groups say the plan does not go far enough.

Read full story at BBC News – Plan bee: New measures to protect pollinators.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 7, 2014

Photos Of UC – Berkeley Botanical Garden

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 7, 2014

58% Chance for El Nino


The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center reported

There is a 58% chance of El Niño during the Northern Hemisphere winter, which is favored to last into the Northern Hemisphere spring 2015.

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