Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 21, 2018

Eastern National Forests Fall Color 9/21/18

Eastern Region National Forests reports for September 21, 2018 Read More…

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 21, 2018

Mono County Fall Color 9/21/18

Fall Colors in Mono County – Mono County Tourism   reports below. See photos at: Fall Colors in Mono County – Mono County Tourism and Film Commission

Friday 9/21 Special Update: Virginia Lakes is a “Go Now” for this weekend 9/21/18. We drove up to the top of Virginia Lakes yesterday and was pleasantly surprised by the rapid color change above 9,000 feet. Full groves of yellow and orange are visible from the road and around lake level. Take the Dunderberg Meadows Road for additional groves of nice color change. (This is a graded dirt road and AWD is recommended.)

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 21, 2018

National Public Lands Day 9/22/18

The 25th Annual National Public Lands Day is happening on September 22, 2018!

Mark September 22 on your calendar and make plans to head to your favorite outdoor spot as NEEF gets set to celebrate the 25th annual National Public Lands Day, nationally sponsored by Toyota Motor North America. No matter what is happening in the world, on National Public Lands Day, outdoor enthusiasts turn out in droves to give back to and enjoy their favorite outdoor places.

Read more at National Public Lands Day | NEEF

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 20, 2018

Rocky Mt. Fall Colors 9/18/18

Afield Trails reports

This report covers the weekend of September 20, 2018.

September 18, 2018 – Unfortunately, it appears the aspen are caught between the early-changing trees getting their leaves blown way and the later trees not yet having changed. This probably isn’t a good weekend for enjoying the aspen in Rocky. However, there is definitely color do be found and in a week or two, some big areas will be changing.

Last year at this time was kind of ideal: Hidden Valley, Bierstadt Lake Trailhead were all recommended. This year, Hidden Valley’s aspen are well past-peak, and Bierstadt Lake Trailhead’s magnificent hillside is still yet-to-change.

Your best bets are higher elevation (9500 ft+) areas that are more sheltered from the wind that can come off of the Continental Divide. I wasn’t able to get to everywhere to check (busy week), but also consider Gem Lake, Bear Lake and past Alberta Falls, and on the west side, Timber Lake, – let me know how it is!

The aspen near the Alluvial Fan and Beaver Meadows have yet to change. The area around Lily Lake and the drive along the Peak-to-Peak highway is really past-peak and most of the leaves have blown away. It’s not too attractive for leaf-peepers right now.

Trail recommendations

Timber Lake Trail – the aspen on the west side change a bit sooner than the east, but are also a bit more sheltered from wind. Timber Lake Trailhead has some great stands of aspen nearby, and through 0.7 miles up the trail. Unfortunately, our map doesn’t include all the aspen here – the distrubances that made space for them are more recent. The Kawuneeche Visitor Center is a also a good stop.

Bierstadt Lake Trail This area should just get better in the coming few weeks, and the aspen groves across the valley are still quite vivid. This hike is quite exposed and steep – try to do it in the morning or late afternoon.

See photos and more resources at Afield Trails

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 20, 2018

Eastern Sierra Fall Color: Bishop Creek 9/20/18

Parcher’s Resort reports via California Fall Color See photos at https://www.californiafallcolor.com/2018/09/19/bishop-creek-is-up-and-running-but-slowly/

Bishop Creek Canyon Fall Color Report

Spotty color is being seen at and above 9,000′ in Inyo County’s Bishop Creek Canyon, where Jared Smith of Parcher’s Resort near South Lake says, “the best of it is at Lake Sabrina along North Lake Rd and along the back side of South Lake.”

Fall color should improve rapidly in upper Bishop Creek Canyon in the coming week, with possible movement from Patchy to Near Peak by next weekend. Though what seems to be holding back quicker change, Jared observes, is that, “It still feels very much like summer up here.”

CaliforniaFallColor predicts that will change quickly, as colder nighttime temperatures have arrived (now sub freezing). Days remain warm (60s and 70s), meaning that the show will soon be awesome. 

South Fork, Bishop Creek

  • South Lake (9,768′) – Patchy (10-50%)
  • Wier Pond (9,650′) – Patchy (10-50%)
  • Parcher’s Resort (9,260′) – Patchy (10-50%)
  • Willow Campground (9,000′)  – Just Starting (0-10%)
  • Table Mountain Camp (8,900′) – Just Starting (0-10%)
  • Surveyor’s Meadow (8,975′) – Just Starting (0-10%)
  • Mist Falls and the Groves Above Bishop Creek Lodge (8,350′) – Just Starting (0-10%)
  • Aspendell (8,400′) – Just Starting (0-10%)

Middle Fork, Bishop Creek

  • Lake Sabrina (9,150′) – Patchy (10-50%)
  • Sabrina Approach (9,100′) – Patchy (10-50%)
  • Sabrina Campground (9,000′) – Just Starting (0-10%)
  • Groves Above Cardinal Village (8,550′) – Just Starting (0-10%)
  • Four Jeffries (8,000′) – Just Starting (0-10%)
  • Intake II (8,000′) – Just Starting (0-10%)
  • Big Trees Campground (7,800′) – Just Starting (0-10%)

North Fork, Bishop Creek

  • North Lake (9,225′) – Patchy (10-50%)
  • North Lake Rd (9,000′) – Just Starting (0-10%)
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 20, 2018

San Juan National Forest Fall Color 9/19/18

San Juan National Forest  reports on September 19, 2018

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:

Durango to Purgatory – 50%
Missionary Ridge – 60%
Molas Pass/Coal Bank – 85%
Silverton/Red Mtn Pass – 75%
Pagosa – 25%
Dolores to Lizard Head Pass – 30%
Mancos/La Platas – 20%
Ouray to Telluride – 20%

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:
Oak brush looking good in most areas.
Best right now in the Molas Pass and Silverton areas and peaking by there this week.

Estimated Peak Viewing Period:
his week we could see some peak colors in some areas.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips:
Aim for the high percentage areas for the best photography.

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:
Oak Brush changing early and good.  Aspens good and changing fast..

For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact:
San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 20, 2018

5 Southern Leaf-Peeping Destinations

Style BluePrint reports on five top fall foliage destinations in the U.S. south. They include Blue Ridge Parkway; Dahlonega, Georgia; The Great River Road; Natchez Trace Parkway and Gatlinburg, TN. Find more information about each of these sites at 5 Southern Leaf-Peeping Destinations: Where to Find Colors This Fall

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 20, 2018

Great Basin Fall Color

Where to photograph in California(Calphoto) has the following fall color report for Great Basin

Great Basin National Park Sunday/Monday and color is 90% above about 9500′–just spectacular. Upper Lamoille Canyon  (Saturday/Sunday) was 60-70%, though the lower slopes are still all green. So if anyone wants to get an early start on fall color, it’s out there…

NPR reports

Hurricane Florence has captured people’s attention this week, and it’s a sure bet that this unusual weather is also being closely monitored by hundreds of millions of migrating birds.

This is the peak of the fall migration season, after all, and birds avoid bad weather — which is helping scientists predict migration patterns.

Read story at  Migrating Birds Avoid Bad Weather — Which Makes Their Paths Predictable : NPR

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 19, 2018

New York Fall Color 9/19/18

New York Fall Foliage reports

Beautiful Fall Colors Emerging Across the Adirondacks

Color Changes Also Reported in Catskills, Thousand Islands-Seaway, Capital-Saratoga, Finger Lakes and Greater Niagara Regions

Week of Sept. 19 – 26, 2018

This is the second 2018 Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Fall Foliage Reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon.

Picturesque fall colors will continue to make their first appearances across New York State this weekend, with some areas of the Adirondacks approaching midpoint of change, according to observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.

In the Adirondacks, Franklin County spotters in Tupper Lake expect foliage heading toward midpoint of change this weekend, with 35-40 percent color change and fall colors of muted canary, goldenrod, maize, pumpkin, russet, cranberry and cerise. Spotters in Saranac Lake also expect conditions approaching midpoint with 40 percent color change. There is still a lot of green, but vibrant shades of red are emerging from the red maples, and sugar maples are showing various hues of yellow and orange. In Herkimer County, Old Forge spotters expect 25 percent color change this weekend with burgundy leaves and shades of red and orange appearing. Spotters in Crown Point, Essex County, predict 10-20 percent color transition, with the most change occurring at elevations climbing out of the valley; it is still considerably green in the valley along Lake Champlain. Look for some tinges of rust and golden-yellows, with occasional bright spots of color. Lake Placid spotters expect 10-15 percent color change with yellow and red leaves of average brilliance beginning to appear.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 19, 2018

Mono County Fall Color 9/19/18

Fall Colors in Mono County – Mono County Tourism   reports below. See photos at: Fall Colors in Mono County – Mono County Tourism and Film Commission

September 19, 2018: Welcome Leaf Peepers! We will update this page every Wednesday throughout the season until every leaf has fallen in Mono County.

What a difference a week makes! Temperatures have dropped and significant color change is starting to happen in the upper elevations of Mono County. Sagehen Summit and Rock Creek Lake are the winners of our first “Go Now” designation.

Upper Rock Creek Road and elevations around Rock Creek Lake are at full peak this week. You’ll find yellows, oranges and reds around Rock Creek Lake and up Hilton Creek Trail and Little Lakes Valley Trail.  Lower Rock Creek Road is just getting going but you should still see a few yellow trees around the East Fork Campground area.

Sagehen Summit is displaying gradient colors from red on the top of the mountain to deep green at the base of the road. This location is still a little ripe but should be perfect for this weekend. Continue driving on Sagehen Meadows Road to Johnny Meadows for additional groves of aspens and fall color viewing.

Other destinations on deck an approaching peak color include Monitor Pass, Sonora Pass, Lobdell Lake Road, Virginia Lakes and Tioga Pass. Each of these areas have great sections of color but are still too patchy for a full endorsement. We are expecting good progress in the next week – plan on visiting these spots during the week of the 24th.

WALKER / COLEVILLE / TOPAZ

Monitor Pass (8,314′) – 10-50% Patchy
Lobdell Lake Road (8,600′) – 10-50% Patchy – Burcham Flat Road is now open to through traffic only with no stopping in the burn area from the Boot Fire.
Walker Canyon (5,200′) – 0%
Towns of Walker & Coleville – 0%
Sonora Pass (9,623′) – 10-50% Patchy

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 19, 2018

California Fall Color Updates 9/19/18

California Fall Color has posted a few more early fall color observations. They include:

  • Shasta Cascade and Sierra Nevada -In the Shasta Cascade, it is the Crimson Knotweed that carpets volcanic slopes above 7,000′ in the Northern Sierra and Southern Cascade.
    In the Sierra Nevada, Dwarf Huckleberry or Sierra Bilberry (Vaccinium nivictum) grows in subalpine fir forests and alpine fell fields usually between 8,000 and 12,000′,  John Hunter Thomas and Dennis R. Parnell write in Native Shrubs of the Sierra Nevada
    Peak (75-100%) – Bilberry and Knotweed
  • Red Clover Valley -Quaking Aspen were turning from deep green to lime and yellow. Beauty was returning to the Red Clover Valley as autumn was approaching.
    Just Starting (0-10%) – Red Clover Valley 

Go to California Fall Color to see full reports and photos.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 19, 2018

Spock’s Fictional Home Planet Discovered 

NPR reports
Gene Roddenberry once declared that if Spock’s fictional home planet Vulcan did exist, it would probably orbit the star called 40 Eridani A.   Astronomers have now found this star does have a planet.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 19, 2018

2018 Sacramento Native Plants Sale September 22 & 23

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 18, 2018

San Juan National Forest Fall Color 9/17/18

San Juan National Forest  reports on September 17, 2018

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:

Durango to Purgatory – 40%
Missionary Ridge – 50%
Molas Pass/Coal Bank – 80%
Silverton/Red Mtn Pass – 75%
Pagosa – 20%
Dolores to Lizard Head Pass – 25%
Mancos/La Platas – 20%
Ouray to Telluride – 20%

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:
Oak brush looking good in most areas.
Best right now in the Molas Pass and Silverton areas.

Estimated Peak Viewing Period:
Next week we could see some peak colors in some areas.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips:
Aim for the high percentage areas for the best photography.

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:
Oak Brush changing early and good.  Aspens good and changing fast..

For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact:
San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 18, 2018

Why Are Puffins Vanishing?

The New York Times reports

The birds have been in precipitous decline, especially since the 2000s, both in Iceland and across many of their Atlantic habitats. The potential culprits are many: fickle prey, overfishing, pollution. Scientists say that climate change is another underlying factor that is diminishing food supplies and is likely to become more important over time. And the fact that puffins are tasty, and thus hunted as game here, hardly helps.

Read full story see photos and video at Why Are Puffins Vanishing? The Hunt for Clues Goes Deep (Into Their Burrows) – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 17, 2018

Eastern National Forests Fall Color 9/17/18

Eastern Region National Forests reports on September 17, 2018

Illinois

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

The prairie is abounding with colors this time of year. From the blues and purples of New England aster and smooth blue aster to the yellows of stiff goldenrod. The foliage has not started to turn yet.

Indiana

Hoosier National Forest

The trees on the Hoosier National Forest are in the very first phases of changing. While driving along the roads one will see one tree with a few yellow or red leaves stick out among all the green that is still present. Less than 5% color change but can still be spotted if watching the tree line. Many of the shorter plants and shrubs have a lot of color and prominence. A lot of locals selling produce including pumpkins and corn already. Cool weather in the forecast and small amount of color change would make the HNF an ideal place to camp this next week

Michigan

Huron-Manistee National Forests

The leaves on the HMNFs are predominantly green, very few have begun the change colors with hints of yellow and orange. The morning sunrise is breathtaking because of the manner in which the sunlight hits the changing landscape. For the latest updates related to this incident please follow us on Facebook @Huronmanisteenfs or go online to https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/hmnf/news-events.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 17, 2018

Plumas County Fall Color 9/17/18

Awesome Autumn in Plumas County reports

Indian Rhubarb, Darmera peltata, is a showy plant that lives along streams in the Northern Sierra.

Plumas County color spotter Michael Beatley reports the plant has started to show its iridescent colors along Big Creek, between Meadow Valley and Bucks lake, in Plumas National Forest.

Michael says Indian Rhubarb leaves this year are “huge,” and should be gorgeous in two weeks.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 17, 2018

Backyard Photos

Photos taken from my backyard garden on September 12, 2018

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 17, 2018

California Faces Even More Severe Impact From Climate Change

The LA Times reports on the increased consequences of climate change for California

Heat waves will grow more severe and persistent, shortening the lives of thousands of Californians. Wildfires will burn more of the state’s forests. The ocean will rise higher and faster, exposing California to billions in damage along the coast.

These are some of the threats California will face from climate change in coming decades, according to a new statewide assessment released Monday by the California Natural Resources Agency.

Read full story in the LA Times at Climate change will be deadlier, more destructive and costlier for California than previously believed, state warns

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 16, 2018

California Fall Color Updates 9/16/18

California Fall Color has posted a number of fall color observations for the Sierra

  • Near Peak (50-75%) – Hilton Lakes Trail (10,300′)
  • Just Starting (0-10%) – Rock Creek (9,500′)
  • Just Starting (0-10%) – June Lake Loop (7,654′)
  • Just Starting (0-10%) – Mono Lake, South Tufa (6,378′)
  • Just Starting (0-10%) – Bishop Creek Canyon (Parcher’s Resort – 9,260′)
  • Just Starting (0-10%) Hope Valley

Go to California Fall Color to see full reports and photos.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 16, 2018

Indoor Flower Photos

A series of photos taken indoors in natural light using window light a with northern exposure and a reflector.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 16, 2018

Pennsylvania’s Fall Foliage Guide

PennLive.com has compiled a fall foliage guide for best spots to see fall color in Pennsylvania. See guide and photos at  Pennsylvania’s fall foliage: Complete guide for 2018 leaf-peepers | PennLive.com

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 15, 2018

Strange Clouds Over Berkeley – Updated

Strange clouds seen over Berkeley and Oakland today. A quick iPhone shot.  Could this be a UFO?

from wikipedia:

A fallstreak hole (also known as a cavum, hole punch cloud, punch hole cloud, skypunch, cloud canal or cloud hole) is a large gap, usually circular or elliptical, that can appear in cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds. Such holes are formed when the water temperature in the clouds is below freezing but the water, in a supercooled state, has not frozen yet due to the lack of ice nucleation. When ice crystals do form, a domino effect is set off due to the Bergeron process, causing the water droplets around the crystals to evaporate: this leaves a large, often circular, hole in the cloud.

It is thought that the introduction of large numbers of tiny ice crystals into the cloud layer sets off this domino effect of fusion which creates the hole. The ice crystals can be formed by passing aircraft, which often have a large reduction in pressure behind the wing- or propeller-tips. This cools the air very quickly, and can produce a ribbon of ice crystals trailing in the aircraft’s wake. These ice crystals find themselves surrounded by droplets, and grow quickly by the Bergeron process, causing the droplets to evaporate and creating a hole with brush-like streaks of ice crystals below it.

Such clouds are not unique to any one geographic area and have been photographed from many places.

Because of their rarity and unusual appearance, fallstreak holes have been mistaken for or attributed to unidentified flying objects

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 15, 2018

Southern Utah Fall Color 9/15/18

Cedar City • Brian Head Tourism Bureau has a new fall color report for September 16 to 22nd

High Elevation – Alpine
Brian Head, Cedar Breaks and Panguitch Lake
Percent of Change: Moderate
Color Report:
The colors in the high elevation are changing but there is still lots of green that will change in the next couple of weeks. Expert leaf peeper Maria Twitchell reported that there are some really pretty pops of color here and there around Brian Head and some along Hwy 143. As the weather continues to cool the colors will only get better!

Mid Elevation – Sub-Alpine
Parowan Canyon and Cedar Canyon Area
Percent of Change: Low
Color Report:
The oaks in the Mid Elevation are starting to show their beautiful oranges and reds there are also a few golden yellow sprinkled throughout. As the weather continues to cool more colors will appear so keep checking in for updates. Some for the scrub oaks along Kolob Reservoir Rd / Right Hand Canyon are starting to show their beautiful red hues and will only become more spectacular in the coming weeks.

Low Elevation –  Cedar City and Kolob Canyons Area
Percent of Change: Low

Color Report:The colors in the Low Elevation usually don’t start until late September. However, I have seen a few yellowing trees in the cooler areas along the river and this is right on schedule. Please continue to check in because the report is updated regularly so as soon as there is any sign of color I will be sure to let you know.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 15, 2018

Rio Grande National Forest Fall Color 9/14/18

Rio Grande National Forest has the following new fall color reports and photos for 9/14/18  

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:
Conejos Peak District – %        2018 photos          2017 photos
Alamosa Canyon –   15%
Conejos Canyon –   30 – 40%
Cumbres Pass – %        

Divide District – %                     2018 photos          2017 photos
Creede to Spring Creek Pass – color change is 50 – 70% peak colors most likely this coming weekend
Wolf Creek Pass – %

Saguache District – %               2017 photos       2016 photos
Cochetopa Pass – %
Poncha Pass –          30 – 40%
Sangre de Cristos – 10%

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:
Hwy 149 Creede to Spring Creek Pass, Poncha Pass and Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Estimated Peak Viewing Period:
The third week of September is usually the best time for the higher elevations, above Creede and up river, and the fourth week for the rest of the forest.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 15, 2018

Maine Fall Color 9/12/18

Maine Foliage Home reports

Today is the official start of Maine’s fall foliage reporting season. Maine’s leaf-bearing trees will show off their usual colors of yellow, orange and red in the coming weeks. The 2018 Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry reports spotty color change in the forest. Northern Maine is reporting less than five percent color change with very low, less than five percent, leaf drop. This year marks the 60th year the department has been reporting foliage conditions.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 15, 2018

California To Launch Satellite To Monitor Climate Change

Governor Brown Closes Global Climate Action Summit: “We’re Launching Our Own Damn Satellite”

California, Planet Labs Inc. Launch Groundbreaking Initiative to Develop Satellite-Based Technologies, Track and Attack Climate Pollutants

from the California office of the governor

SAN FRANCISCO – In closing remarks at the Global Climate Action Summit, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that the State of California is teaming up with San Francisco-based Earth imaging company Planet Labs (Planet) to develop and eventually launch a satellite that will track climate change-causing pollutants with unprecedented precision and help the world dramatically reduce these destructive emissions.

“With science still under attack and the climate threat growing, we’re launching our own damn satellite,” said Governor Brown. “This groundbreaking initiative will help governments, businesses and landowners pinpoint – and stop – destructive emissions with unprecedented precision, on a scale that’s never been done before.”

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 14, 2018

San Juan National Forest Fall Color 9/14/18

San Juan National Forest  reports on September 14, 2018

Date: September 14, 2018

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:

Durango to Purgatory – 10%
Missionary Ridge – 40%
Molas Pass/Coal Bank – 40%
Silverton/Red Mtn Pass – 60%
Pagosa – 10%
Dolores to Lizard Head Pass – 10%
Mancos/La Platas – 20%
Ouray to Telluride – 5%

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:
Oak brush looking good in most areas.
Best right now in the Molas Pass and Silverton areas.

Estimated Peak Viewing Period:
Next week we could see some peak colors in some areas.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips:
Aim for the high percentage areas for the best photography.

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:
Oak Brush changing early and good.  Aspens getting started, and may go fast.

For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact:
San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 14, 2018

2018 California Coastal Cleanup September 15

California Coastal Cleanup Day welcomes more than 60,000 volunteers who will pick up hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes, and waterways each year. It brings awareness to the marine litter problem and provides a community event for direct involvement. Help us by joining in the fight to preserve wildlife by taking trash out of the environment. Volunteer alongside your families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, and service clubs. If you’re not sure how to get started please let us know. Plan to spend a day outside connecting with your community to celebrate California!

The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy. California Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event in the US and International Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event on the planet!

To participate and learn more go to California Coastal Commission

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