Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 2, 2022

Nearly extinct salmon show promising return in Bay Area creek

SF Gate reports

An endangered species of salmon, once considered to be on the brink of extinction in the Bay Area, is showing a promising return.

Researchers at the Marin Municipal Water District said that significant rainfall totals late last year mitigated drought conditions and may have aided in bolstering the coho salmon population at Lagunitas Creek, a 24-mile stream in Marin County where the fish spawn every winter. 

Read more at Nearly extinct salmon show promising return in Bay Area creek

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 2, 2022

Gardening with Natives for Birds, Butterflies and Pollinators

The San Francisco Yerba Buena CNPS Society Chapter has a series of informative Native Plant brochures 

Attracting pollinators with attractive natives:

Plants for Birds program

See more on gardening with natives at  Biodiversity Resources

From eBird

To examine the relationship between European Bee-eater populations and climate, the researchers used statistical modeling techniques and data from citizen science databases including eBird, which holds more than 150,000 sightings of European Bee-eater. They found a strong relationship between climate and European Bee-eater populations, with larger populations in areas with more suitable temperature and precipitation conditions based on the models. This suggests that the breeding range of European Bee-eater in Europe is influenced mainly by climate conditions.
— Read Story at

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 1, 2022

World’s Largest Freshwater Fish Is almost 660 pounds

NPR reports

The world’s largest recorded freshwater fish, a giant stingray, has been caught in the Mekong River in Cambodia, according to scientists from the Southeast Asian nation and the United States.

The stingray, captured on June 13, measured almost 13 feet from snout to tail and weighed slightly under 660 pounds, according to a statement Monday by Wonders of the Mekong, a joint Cambodian-U.S. research project.

Read more World’s largest freshwater fish, almost 660 pounds, is found in Cambodia

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 1, 2022

Pipeline Swallowtail Caterpillar Video

See this informative and entertating PBS video about the Pipevine Caterpillar. The Pipevine Caterpillar Thrives in a Toxic Love Triangle | Deep Look – YouTube

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 30, 2022

Ecologist II/III – CNPS Forums

Regional Open Space District ( is looking for an Ecologist. This position oversees the Midpen’s IPM Program and Wildland Fire Resiliency Program; advise and monitor field and office staff and contractors on vegetation management; lead a multi-department team in reviewing and setting priorities for all vegetation management activities on approximately 65,000 acres according to Midpen policy; train staff in ecologically sensitive vegetation management and safety; conduct field inspections; recommend appropriate treatment methods; monitor work; and report on progress of the program to the General Manager, Board of Directors, and public.
— Read on to learn more and apply at

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 30, 2022

Supreme Court Ruling Will Harm People and Parks

From National Parks Conservation Association

Today’s decision will limit the abilities of the Environmental Protection Agency to do its job, and the consequences for the climate could be disastrous.
— Read on

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 30, 2022

When Antlers Tangle, Sometimes Both Animals Lose

The New York Times reports

Antlers, the headgear of deer, moose and elk, are more useful for display than combat. But that does not stop deadly lockups from occurring.

Read more When Antlers Tangle, Sometimes Both Animals Lose – The New York Times

Nature reports

The group has adapted to hunting on glacial ice, which suggests some members of the species might survive as the Arctic heats up.

An isolated population of polar bears has been discovered in southeast Greenland1, which is free of sea ice for most of the year. Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) typically need sea ice to survive, so the discovery is raising hopes that some members of the species might survive the loss of ice caused by climate change.

Read more at Polar bear population discovered that can survive with little sea ice

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 29, 2022

Nature’s Best Hope w/ Doug Tallamy

from Berkeley Public Library

Nature’s Best Hope w/ Doug Tallamy   July 1, 2022 – 3:00pm-4:30pm Virtual Program

Join us for a virtual talk w/ Douglas Tallamy – Entomologist, Conservationist, and Professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware

Join online:  At this link or enter the information below in the Zoom application.
Or call in:  (669) 900-9128 
Webinar ID: 858 5039 1720   Passcode: 248315

Learn more at Nature’s Best Hope w/ Doug Tallamy | Berkeley Public Library

Center for Biological Diversity News Release

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Grant County commissioners voted 2-1 against renewing a contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program last Thursday because the federal agency, which kills carnivores on behalf of the livestock industry, ignored requirements within its last contract.

Read More…

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 29, 2022

The Long Road to Recovery at Yellowstone

from National Parks Conservation Association

On June 13, historic floods wrought catastrophic damage on this iconic landscape and surrounding communities. What happens next?

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 29, 2022

Baby woolly mammoth – beautifully preserved – found in Yukon

EarthSky  reports

The Canadian territory Yukon – and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, a First Nation band – said late last week (June 24, 2022) that miners in the region have discovered a whole, 30,000-year-old mummified baby woolly mammoth. It’s only the second one ever found in the world. And it’s the first and most complete discovery of its kind in North America.

Read more at  EarthSky | Baby woolly mammoth – beautifully preserved – found in Yukon

Sierra Nevada Ally reports

Due to extreme drought conditions across northern California and the associated risk of wildfire, Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) has closed its substantial California forestlands to public access.

The closure began on Monday, June 21 and will remain in effect until further notice.

Read more at  Sierra Pacific Industries closes California forestlands to public access due to drought and wildfire danger  – Sierra Nevada Ally

Press Release from Senator Jeff Merkley

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced a $1 million investment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Conservation Fund, and the establishment of a Pollinator Conservation Center at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Both projects are supported by the western monarch conservation funding Senator Merkley secured as Chairman of the Interior, Environment & Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee in the fiscal year 2022 appropriations bill.

The announcement was made during a two-day summit hosted by Senator Merkley, in collaboration with the Department of the Interior, on preserving the monarch butterfly at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC. The event brought together key stakeholders across science and policy to identify solutions to reverse the cratering population of the monarch butterfly, particularly the western monarch.

Source: Press Release | Press Releases | News | U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 28, 2022

Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s Earth Day Youth Art Contest

The results are in for Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s Earth Day Youth Art Contest! Thank you to everyone who submitted their beautiful and inspirational artwork as part of this contest. The images in this post are samples of some of our favorite pieces.
Want to see the art in person? Winning artwork will displayed at C5 Studios in Bishop on Wednesday, June 29th, from 6-7 pm. All members of the community are invited to come and admire the creative pieces that were submitted by young artists from Inyo and Mono Counties.
Light refreshments will be provided at this free event. Although not required, an RSVP is appreciated. If you plan to attend the Earth Day Youth Art Contest Showing, please email For more information and the list of winners, visit

See some of the work at 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 28, 2022

Lights Out for Birds

from Audubon
Migratory birds navigate by the stars. More than 250 species migrate through San Francisco Bay, many of them small songbirds such as warblers, thrushes, tanagers, and sparrows that migrate at night. One of the best ways to provide safe passage is to turn off outdoor lights at night to prevent building collisions. Learn how Golden Gate Audubon is taking the lead with their Lights Out for Birds initiative.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 27, 2022

The National Park Service aims to increase African-American sites

NPR reports

The National Park Service is trying to include more Black history into the story of America. Some of the proposed sites are painful, others are controversial.

Read story at  The National Park Service aims to increase African-American sites. : NPR

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 27, 2022

Avian Influenza Is Affecting Wild Mammals 

The New York Times reports

As a new version of bird flu spread through North America this spring, scientists began finding the virus in red foxes, bobcats and other mammals.

Read more at Not Just for the Birds: Avian Influenza Is Also Felling Wild Mammals

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 26, 2022

Supreme Court aborts its credibility

Many environmental and conservation groups are speaking out about the recent Supreme Court Decision. Here is one I thought represents what many people are feeling today.

Western Environmental Law Center News Release

Today’s Supreme Court decision eliminating a woman’s constitutional right to safe, legal abortions lays bare the court’s conservative perspective and eliminates 50 years of freedom for American women and non-binary people to choose what happens to their own bodies. About half of states will now functionally ban abortion, many even in cases of medical necessity.“

The brutal, dismissive language this decision uses to describe women, our bodies, and our inalienable right to decide what happens with our corporeal sovereignty is the stuff of nightmares,” said Susan Jane Brown, Wildlands and Wildlife Program director at the Western Environmental Law Center. “The fallout from this decision will be predominantly borne by disadvantaged Black and Brown women. That inequity makes me even more angry.”

Gallup polling shows Americans’ support for legal abortion under all or certain circumstances at 80% in May 2021. That the vast majority of Americans support a woman’s right to choose underscores the disparity between the court’s ruling and the sentiment of the vast majority of the country.

Read more  Supreme Court aborts its credibility – Western Environmental Law Center

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 26, 2022

Conservation at Don Edwards SF Bay NWR 6/29/22

Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation at the Refuge  From SF Bay Wildlife Society| online | June 29

Join docent Larry Rosenblum for this presentation about the journey to create the Don Edwards SF Bay NWR, how fortunate we are to have it today, and how it will continue to benefit us in the future. Learn more here!

SF Gate reports

Secluded in the remote northwest corner of the state, Del Norte County earned a starring role as the forest moon of Endor in “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.” The popularity of the movie led to speculation over precisely where Endor is — or was — located.

The film’s shoot took place from 1982, and it was an economic boon for the rural county. The dense redwood groves would ultimately inspire fans to seek out the sites where the bunker once stood or the grounds where the furry Ewok characters had roamed. But don’t get your hopes up for a visit to the celebrated set. Months after the “Star Wars” shoot was over, a logging company clear-cut the entire area. Endor is no more. Read about how it happened here.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 25, 2022

How Airports Became a Haven for Wild Animals – Bay Nature

BayNature reports

Snakes, frogs, eagles and owls thrive next to the planes at Bay Area airports.

Airports in general have to be built on wide-open flat spaces,” says Natalie Reeder, SFO’s in-house biologist. “If you literally take a bird’s-eye view and look at the satellite image of the area, we have the best grassland around. I can imagine being a barn owl, being a red-tailed hawk, flying around seeing this great big lawn and coming straight here.”

Read story at How Airports Became a Haven for Wild Animals – Bay Nature

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 24, 2022

Introduction to Fog Belt Birding 6/25/22

Introduction to Fog Belt Birding  From Coastside Land Trust| online | June 25

World renowned international bird guide Alvaro Jaramillo, returns to the Coastside Land Trust free community webinar series to explore the rich diversity of birds that inhabit and pass through the San Mateo coast. Learn more here!

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 24, 2022

Job Opening: Sierra Nevada Conservancy Accounting Officer


The Sierra Nevada Conservancy is seeking a highly motivated individual who has strong experience in state accounting functions & methods to join the Department’s Administrative Services Division as the Accounting Officer. More info & apply at:…/JobPostingPrint.aspx…

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 23, 2022

Yosemite Mask Mandate

from Yosemite National Park

Masks are again required indoors and in enclosed public transportation. Yosemite National Park is currently at high COVID-19 community levels. Mask wearing is now required for all people when entering federal buildings and enclosed public transportation, regardless of vaccination status. We would like to thank our visitors for their patience and commitment in protecting themselves, our staff, and our visitors.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 23, 2022

Job Opening: Executive Director  Ruth Bancroft Garden

Please apply here.
Read More…
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 23, 2022

Tioga Road construction updates!

from Yosemite National Park

 If you are planning on visiting Tuolumne Meadows or driving the Tioga Road, be prepared for road work. Expect delays, and in some places you’ll be driving on a dirt road. Be aware that not all parking areas are open.
⏰ Expect 30–60-minute delays. While waiting for the pilot car, don’t venture too far from your vehicle.
⚠️ Sections of roadway east of the Sunrise Lakes Trailhead are unpaved.
The following parking areas are open:
✅ Visitor Center Parking. The western portion is specifically for Cathedral Lakes and Glen Aulin hikers.
✅ Wilderness Center Parking. This parking is for wilderness users only.
✅ Dog Lake Parking. This parking area is the best for those hiking to Lembert Dome, Dog Lake, Young Lakes, Lyell Canyon, John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails, Twin Bridges, and for Elizabeth Lake.
✅ Tuolumne Meadows Store. This parking is for shoppers only.
The following parking areas are closed:
🛑 No parking along Tioga Road within the pilot car area.
🛑 Lembert Dome parking area.
🛑 Soda Springs Road.
Pack your patience and plan ahead if visiting the high country this summer. Be prepared for changing road and parking conditions in the Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows area.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 23, 2022

Oldest Park Ranger Retires

At 100 years old, Betty Reid Soskin, is hanging up her flat hat. Betty retired from the National Park Service with a guaranteed legacy — she educated and inspired thousands with talks about Black women and people of color on the WWII Home Front.
A Retirement for the Ages
A retirement for the ages. Betty Reid Soskin clocks out at 100 years old
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 23, 2022

National Parks Add To The Economy

National Park added $42.5 billion to economy & support 322,600 jobs

from the National Park Service

America’s 423 national parks—at least one in every state—are a vital part of our nation’s economy, especially for park gateway communities where millions of visitors each year find a place to sleep and eat, hire outfitters and guides, and make use of other local services that help drive a vibrant tourism and outdoor recreation industry.
In 2021, visitor spending in communities near national parks resulted in a $42.5 billion benefit to the nation’s economy and supported 322,600 jobs. National parks continue to provide visitors with innumerous recreational, inspirational, and world-class experiences.

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