Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 6, 2021

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 14, 2021

Forever Forests Art Contest close Monday, May 17

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 14, 2021

U.S. has entered unprecedented climate territory, EPA warns

The Washington Post reports

The Trump administration delayed the report, which cites urban heat waves and permafrost loss as signs of global warming, for three years

For years, President Donald Trump and his deputies played down the impact of greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels and delayed the release of an Environmental Protection Agency report detailing climate-related damage. But on Wednesday, the EPA released a detailed and disturbing account of the startling changes that Earth’s warming had on parts of the United States during Trump’s presidency.

Read more at a U.S. has entered unprecedented climate territory, EPA warns – The Washington Post

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 13, 2021

Pt. Reyes Trail Updates – Corrected

From Pt. Reyes National Seashore
Huzzah! We are excited to announce the reopening of some of the trails in the Bear Valley area. Visitors are now able to take the Bear Valley trail to Glen Camp, as well as to the junction of the Coast trail and north as far as Kelham Beach, where the closure continues to the north of there on the Coast trail.
Some closures from the Woodward Fire are still in place due to hazardous conditions and continued trail rehabilitation. The Mount Whittenberg trail up from the Bear Valley trail remains closed at this time, as does the Sky trail from the Wittenberg junction to Limantour Road. Meadow, Old Pine & Baldy trails are now open, however!
The Earthquake Trail and Kule Loklo have also reopened to visitors, but the Morgan Horse Ranch is still closed.
Please respect any trail closures and we thank you for your continued patience as we make sure the trails in the hardest hit burn areas are safe to welcome visitors back. For a map of current trail closures and more details visit
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 13, 2021

Yard Photos May 2021

Photos were taken in my yard on May 9,10,and 11, 2021

This is part of my continuing pandemic project,  the “Stay at Home Photo Project”.  It includes many street photos from Berkeley and Albany as well as photos from the UC Berkeley campus, my yard, local botanic gardens, and neighbors’ yards  You can see larger higher quality versions of many of the photos at Flickr in my collection Stay at Home Photo Project.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 13, 2021

 Calendar of  Space and Astronomy Events

Never miss an eclipse, a meteor shower, a rocket launch or any other astronomical and space event that’s out of this world. Sync your calendar with the solar system at NY Times Solar System Calendar

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 12, 2021

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2021

from REI

Virtual: Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2021

This year, REI is bringing the adventure home to you! Fluff up your couch cushions and grab your snack of choice. The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour has gone virtual– and two new sets of films are available NOW! For the first time ever, travel to breathtaking destinations and celebrate some of the most remarkable outdoor achievements, all from the comforts of your living room. These curated programs of amazing outdoor films will inspire you to live life to the fullest, however that looks these days. One program = multiple films, and the first FOUR programs are available now. Purchase one program for $15, a bundle of two programs for $28, or all four programs for $52. There is no set date; you choose when you watch. And new programs will be released every few months! A portion of sales using this link will benefit the following non-profits: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Cal Adventures, GirlVentures, Snowlands, and Return of the Natives. Purchase your programs today! ***Please ignore starting dates listed; sales are live NOW through Oct 2021.***

2  sessions available
  • Tuesday   Jun 8-Oct 15, 2021 8:00am–11:45pm  See details
    Virtual Programming Promoted by the Central Coast Area

  • Tuesday Jun 8-Oct 15, 2021 8:00am–11:45pm See details
    Virtual Programming Promoted by the Los Angeles Area

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 12, 2021

Webinar: Update on the burn area from the Woodward Fire 5/13/21

Check out this webinar on Thursday! Get an update on the burn area from the Woodward Fire, find out about recent conditions in the park, and learn some tips and tricks for avoiding ticks.
Registration information is in the post below or you can follow Point Reyes National Seashore Association and watch this live on their Facebook page.
If you’ve been waiting for an update on the burn area of our park then join us this Thursday at 6:00pm for another webinar! We’ll get some insider info on what it’s like deep in the burn zone. On top of that our friends @bayarealymefoundation want to share some special tips and tricks on ticks with you as we brace for their season. Its a two in one this time so don’t miss out on either. Register with the link below or just watch on a Facebook live.…/burns-bites-tickets…
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 12, 2021

Planting for Pollinators Webinar May 20, 2021

Planting for Pollinators Thursday, May 20 – 6-7:30pm Free Webinar

The Garden is pleased to host this beginner’s guide to attracting pollinators in the city! 
This webinar will teach you which plants pollinators prefer and what landscaping materials support habitats for our pollinator friends year round.
Tim Wong from the California Academy of Sciences will introduce you to some of our local butterflies, describe their lifecycles, and how you can support them throughout the year. Jamie Chan from Fog City Gardener will talk about bees and growing through the four seasons. 
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 12, 2021

Native plants help birds weather the change

from Audubon

Did you know that native plants can help birds as they face a warming world?

Birds—whether migratory visitors or the backyard friends we see year-round—face myriad threats, including our warming climate. As a home gardener, there are small steps you can take to protect them and create a brighter future for us all.

Native gardens not only provide food, shelter and nesting sites for birds but can also reduce the resources needed to keep your yard or garden lush. Best of all, native plants and trees are natural sponges for greenhouse gases. Learn how to give your garden a home-field advantage against climate change with native plants.

Learn More
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 11, 2021

Virtual Pollinator Garden Workshop 5/14/21

Growing Together:  ESLT’s Virtual Pollinator Garden Workshop Series

Let’s grow together this spring season! Join ESLT throughout April & May for the Growing Together Pollinator Garden Workshop Series as we gather together virtually over topics and trades that can help your garden thrive this year. We will have amazing speakers and members of the community sharing their knowledge with us.

Virtual Workshop and Q&A Session: “Cultivating Creativity in Your Garden” with Roberta Lagomarsini Friday, May 14th at 12:00-1:00pm (PST)

Roberta Lagomarsini will be with us again to help you spark your inner creativity and add personal touches to your own yard. Plan to express your artistic side as Roberta shares her own experience and ideas of turning her outdoor space into not only a space for plants and pollinators, but a space for art and originality.


For more information, email Gabrielle

NBC Bay Area reports

A giant sequoia has been found smoldering and smoking in a part of Sequoia National Park that burned in one of California’s huge wildfires last year, the National Park Service said Wednesday.

“The fact areas are still smoldering and smoking from the 2020 Castle Fire demonstrates how dry the park is,” said Leif Mathiesen, assistant fire management officer for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in central California. “With the low amount of snowfall and rain this year, there may be additional discoveries as spring transitions into summer.”

Read more at  Giant Sequoia Found Still Smoldering From 2020 California Wildfire – NBC Bay Area

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 11, 2021

Xerces Society: 100 Plants to Feed the Monarch

from the Xerces Society

100 Plants to Feed the Monarch – Book Release
The plight of the monarch butterfly has captured public attention and sparked widespread interest in helping to save their dwindling populations. We are excited to announce the release of our new book, which provides an in-depth portrait of the monarch butterfly—covering its life cycle, its remarkable relationship with milkweed, its extraordinary migration, and the threats it now faces due to habitat loss and climate change.
This book includes at-a-glance profiles of plants that provide monarchs with nourishment. The plants, which are all commercially available, range from dozens of species of milkweed to numerous flowering plants, shrubs, and trees that provide nectar for the adult butterfly, including those that bloom in late season and sustain monarchs in their great migration.
Gorgeous photographs of monarchs and plants, plus illustrations, maps, and garden plans, make this a visually engaging guide, which will help you make room for monarchs in your community!
Books are available in our Gift Center for a tax-deductible donation that supports our essential conservation work.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 10, 2021

Webinar: The Desert Underground May 13

from the Anza-Borrego Foundation

The Desert Underground: Exposing a Valuable Hidden World Under Our Feet

May 13, 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm PDT 

Join us for our Anza-Borrego: In Focus virtual webinar presented by Robin Kobaly on May 13! Through original artwork, graphics, and photography, Robin will lead her guests on a virtual tour of the desert underground. This “tour” reveals the amazing partnerships that connect every native plant underground across the landscape. Journey through the interlocking biological and geological systems that work together to gather, move, and share resources, pass information between plants, create a surprising carbon sponge, and help to combat climate change wherever desert soils remain intact. It may be the first time you appreciate caliche! You won’t believe what is happening under our feet.


Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 10, 2021

Sonoma & Marin Eco-Friendly Garden Tours 5/15/21

National Parks Conservation Association News Release

President Biden ran on the promise to build our nation back better, and our national parks, public lands and waters play a critical role in achieving this ambitious goal.

during a speech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, President Biden laid out details for his “Build Back Better” green-infrastructure package, which would provide major investments in clean energy, clean cars and trucks, infrastructure projects, and environmental justice. President Biden ran on the promise to build our nation back better, and our national parks, public lands and waters play a critical role in achieving this ambitious goal.

The effects of climate change are happening now, and all of our more than 400 national parks are suffering. From melting glaciers to record flooding to disastrous wildfires, our parks and surrounding communities are at the forefront of the climate crisis in our country and offer one of our best solutions for tackling it. As the Biden administration deploys its “Build Back Better” plan, it must also restore and build our national parks and communities stronger in order to truly combat the environmental threats facing our country, starting by:

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 9, 2021

Only intact forests can stave off climate change

The Climate News Network reports

The world’s forests are supposed to stave off climate change. Left alone, perhaps they could. But they’re not being left alone.

In the last decade, the Amazon forests of Brazil released more carbon into the atmosphere than they absorbed, thanks largely to human activities that cleared or degraded the canopy. Those activities make it impossible for affected forests to stave off climate change.

And a survey of the cooler forests of North America has revealed that these, too, could be surrendering more carbon than they soak up from the atmosphere, thanks to human-triggered climate change and the ever greater hazard of wildfire.

The world’s forests are a key part of the great carbon conundrum: what happens to all the greenhouse gases emitted from power stations, vehicle exhausts and factory chimneys? The assumption is that approaching one third of all the carbon dioxide emissions are absorbed by the forests, and the conservation of the planet’s forests has become part of the proposed arsenal of global defence against catastrophic climate change.

Read more at  Only intact forests can stave off climate change | Climate News Network

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 8, 2021

Pt. Reyes:Bear Valley Trail Now Open!

Bear Valley is PRNSA’s home base and it was a real homecoming to walk down Bear Valley Trail this week. The signs of the Woodward Fire are absolutely evident and so is the care the firefighters and NPS staff have taken to make this beloved trail stable and safe for visitors. The spring wildflowers and foliage show the power of nature to regenerate itself. We also regenerate ourselves by enjoying and caring for our beloved park.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 8, 2021

East Bay Regional Parks Red Flag Warning

Red Flag Warning issued for East Bay Hills and Valleys from 11 PM Friday to 6 AM Monday due to high winds and dry conditions. If you visit Regional Parks this weekend, make sure you follow these park fire safety rules.
🔥 Barbecues and campfires are only permitted in designated day-use picnic areas, campgrounds, or developed recreational areas. Gas-fueled camp stoves are permitted.
🔥 All smoking is prohibited in Regional Parks. This includes pipes, cigars, and cigarettes. Vapor devices that release gas, particles or vapors into the air (“vaping”) are also prohibited, except for any USDA-approved medication.
🔥 Gasoline-powered generators are prohibited.
🔥 Do not drive or park your vehicle on dry grass areas. The heat from a vehicle’s undercarriage exhaust system can ignite a wildfire. Low-hanging chains that drag and create sparks can do the same.
🔥 Do not light an open outdoor fire on park property, except in park equipment designed for that purpose, such as barbecue stands and fire pits. On extreme fire days, no open fires or barbecues of any kind are allowed.
🔥 Be sure that all burning fuel such as wood or charcoal is completely extinguished, then dispose of it in the concrete ash receptacles designed for that purpose. Do not discard coals in regular garbage cans or refuse bins.
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Annthropocene Magazine reports on the first comprehensive study of indoor pot farm emissions and uncovers a giant climate hot spot

Cannabis growing regulations often focus on drug policy, producing unintended environmental consequences

Since individual U.S. states began legalizing recreational cannabis about a decade ago, the industry has become a lucrative but greenhouse gas intensive slice of agriculture: Producing a kilogram of dried cannabis bud can result in carbon emissions equivalent to driving a car more than 9,000 miles, a new study of indoor growing operations reveals.

“More and more states are legalizing and decisions around how [cannabis] will be cultivated need to include environmental considerations,” says study team member Jason Quinn, director of the Sustainability Research Laboratory at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The new study is the first comprehensive analysis of greenhouse gas emissions from large indoor growing operations typical of commercial producers for the legal market.

Quinn and his team gathered information on the impacts of lighting, indoor temperature and humidity control, ventilation, water, fertilizers, fungicides, and waste disposal associated with indoor cannabis production. They calculated the greenhouse gas emissions per kilogram of dried bud for each of 1,011 different locations across the country.

Read more at First comprehensive study of indoor pot farm emissions uncovers a giant climate hot spot

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 7, 2021

California Condors Return to Bird Cams

from CornellLab of Ornithology

After a yearlong hiatus, the California Condor cam is back streaming live from a small cave on a rock cliff in Ventura County, California. On April 10, condor pair #594 (female) and #374 (male) hatched a healthy chick. In this clip, Mom and Dad reinforce their bond by preening each other before tending to their 18-day-old nestling. Watch the video.

More Bird Cams: Check out the latest highlights from all of our live nest and feeder cams.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 7, 2021

Recent Endangered Species Act Success

Center for Biological Diversity News Release

Bell’s Sparrow, Four Plants Found Only on San Clemente Island Are Latest Endangered Species Act Success

U.S. Navy’s Removal of Introduced Livestock Spurred Recovery of Native Species

LOS ANGELES, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to remove Endangered Species Act protection from the San Clemente Island Bell’s sparrow and four plant species, all found only on San Clemente Island, one of the Channel Islands off the southern coast of California.

The 57-square-mile San Clemente Island is entirely owned and managed by the U.S. Navy. The introduction of sheep, cattle, pigs, mule deer and goats led to the decline of the island’s native species. In 1977 the Bell’s sparrow was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and the San Clemente Island bush-mallow, San Clemente Island paintbrush, San Clemente Island lotus and San Clemente Island larkspur were listed as endangered.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 6, 2021

Birding Festivals and Events 

From CornellLab of Ornithology

A great way to enjoy bird watching is by going to festivals—they’re organized to get you to great birding spots at a great time of year, and they’re a great way to meet people. Experts and locals help you see more birds, and you’ll meet other visitors who share your hobby. While you’re there, keep an eye out for Cornell Lab representatives, as we do attend several festivals each year.

See list of Festivals at  Birding Festivals and Events | All About Birds All About Birds

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 6, 2021

Dudleya on the Big Screen -Watch Free Through 5/25

Political leaders and artists alike are stepping forward to stop Dudleyapoaching in California. Filmmakers Chelsi de Cuba and Gabriel de Cuba captured the inspiring efforts to stop Dudleya poaching in the new short documentary, Plant Heist. You can watch the film for free until May 25 via Mailchimp’s Support the Shorts.

We’re also tracking Asm. Chris Ward’s (D-San Diego) legislation (AB 223), which makes it explicitly illegal to poach Dudleya. Please share your support for the bill on social media by tagging Asm. Ward (@asmchrisward) with a thank you, or tag your local legislators, asking them to support SB 223. Use our CNPS dancing Dudleya animations or your favorite Dudleya photos.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 6, 2021

Bristlecone CNPS Native Plant Sale – Online!

from California Native Plant Society, Bristlecone Chapter’s Native Plant Sale – Online! – Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Monday, May 10th through Friday, May 14th – Participate in California Native Plant Society, Bristlecone Chapter’s Online Plant Sale to purchase your garden’s native plants for the spring season. Invite passing pollinators to your outdoor space and celebrate the new gardening season! When the sale goes live, the online store URL will be posted on the and Facebook pages. It will also be posted here on the Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s event page. CNPS members will receive email reminders as well. Check back for more details!  

Plant Pick-Up will be on Saturday, May 15th and scheduled when you place your online purchase. It will be held at the White Mountain Research Center, located at 3000 E Line St, Bishop, CA 93514.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 6, 2021

Forever Forests Art Contest

Forever Forests Art Contest: Enter Now!
Contest Dates: Now – May 17
Awards Show: May 22

Are you an artist inspired by California’s forests? Join the CNPS Forever Forest Art Contest. From poetry to multimedia, we’re compiling a 21st century artistic vision for today’s forests. Each FOREVER contest category reflects important concepts and phenomena that scientists use to evaluate the health of our forest ecosystems.

All levels of artwork and media are encouraged, including but not limited to photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, textile arts, and sculpture. Apply now through Monday, May 17. Our talented judges will join us for a live webinar on International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22 to announce each category’s winners along with three Best in Show awards!

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 6, 2021

A Controversial New Plan for the Future of Point Reyes

Bay Nature reports on A New Plan for Point Reyes and What It Means for the Future of the Seashore

In a 5-4 vote last week, the California Coastal Commission approved the National Park Service’s controversial management plan for Point Reyes National Seashore. Here’s what that plan will mean for the beloved park’s tule elk, ranches, and ecology.

Read article at A New Plan for the Future of Point Reyes – Bay Nature

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 5, 2021

Upcoming & Past Recorded CNPS Events

May 10-14, Online Plant Sale – Bristlecone Chapter
May 12, 7:3o pm The Penney Garden: A Transformation Story – Santa Clara Valley Chapter
May 16 & 23, 10 am Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: Inspirational Gardens
May 18, 7:30 pm Ecology of California Salamander – Milo Baker Chapter

Read More…

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 5, 2021

Naturehood Webinar: Beyond the Backyard 5/6/21

The CNPS Naturehood Gardening webinar series resumes the first Thursday of the month with Beyond the Backyard: Native Plants in the Built Environment. Native plants can provide invaluable habitat in our gardens and throughout our communities. From sidewalk medians to school campuses, parkways to municipal landscaping, we can cultivate native plants and their habitat power across our shared environment. Join Solange Guillaume (Landscape Architectural Associate- SF Public Works), Cathy Capone (Tule River Parkway Volunteer), and Jesse Chang (Garvey Intermediate School Nature Garden Teacher) who are revitalizing urban sites with California native plants on Thursday, May 6 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Register now

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 5, 2021

Carson Falls Area Photos 4/30/21

Photos from Pine Mt. and Oat Hills Fire Roads near Carson Falls in Marin County.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 5, 2021

May is Lyme Awareness Month

from East Bay Regional Parks
May is Lyme Awareness Month, a reminder that with spring’s tall grasses, ticks become a concern for people and pets. Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of a tick carrying the disease. Prevention and a post-adventure tick check are your best tools to staying healthy. Learn more about ticks, Lyme disease, and how to make a trail-ready tick kit.
Pack a Trail-Ready Tick Kit When Visiting Regional Parks

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