Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 6, 2021

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 22, 2021

The Strawberry Supermoon Thursday 6/24

NPR writes about the Strawberry Supermoon this Thursday. It is neither red or pink

Look to the eastern skies for a sweet sight on Thursday evening: a strawberry moon is set to rise just as the sun dips below the horizon.

June’s full moon is best known as the strawberry moon, and it’s the first full moon after the summer solstice. It’s also a marginal supermoon, according to NASA, as definitions of a supermoon are widely varied among publications.

Read more at  The Strawberry Supermoon — Rising Thursday Won’t Be Red Or Pink : NPR

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 22, 2021

Shocking scene as a major tree die-off hits East Bay parks

The San Francisco Chronicle reports

The East Bay Regional Park District said they began noticing “sudden tree mortality” in October 2020. Unlike years prior when certain species, like California oaks, were under siege, this year the die-off is affecting all kinds of trees. Eucalyptus, acacia, bay, pine and more are dying at alarming rates and filling the hills with dry tinder. In April, the park district said they’ve seen at least 1,000 acres of tree die-off, primarily in Redwood Regional Park, Tilden Park and Anthony Chabot Regional Park.

Read story at  Shocking scene as a major tree die-off hits East Bay parks

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 21, 2021

Children’s gardens with San Francisco native plants

Children’s gardens with San Francisco native plants

June 26, 2021, SATURDAY, 1 pm  Speaker: Susan Karasoff

Watch on YouTube Live

Children learn by exploring and learn with all their senses. San Francisco native plants can provide soft, safe environments for young children and opportunities for exploring the natural world, including butterflies and birds, for older children. We’ll discuss what to plant in San Francisco to provide opportunities for children to learn and explore nature.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 20, 2021

Snowy Plover Recovery Program 6/24/21

from Channel Islands Restoration

Special Event with UCSB’s Coal Oil Point Reserve and Channel Islands Restorationwith FREE over Zoom on June 24th at 7pm

UC Santa Barbara’s Coal Oil Point Reserve encompasses 170 acres of protected habitat for research, education, and outreach. Land and Resource Steward, Kipp Callahan, will discuss the reserve’s habitat restoration program which restores degraded habitat to better support rare coastal ecosystems and has successfully restored more than 20 acres.
Coal Oil Point Reserve is the first place to recover a previously abandoned nesting site for Western Snowy Plovers, a threatened species of shorebird that nests on the beach. Conservation Specialist, Jessica Nielsen, will talk about the reserve’s Snowy Plover Recovery Program.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 20, 2021

Navigating the Conservation World as a Woman of Color 6/24/21

Mapping Migraciones: Mujeres in Conservation

June 24th at 5:30pm PST/8:30pm ET
Zoom/Facebook Live     Free (Gratís)

Register Here

Navigating the world of conservation as a person of color is one thing, however, identifying as a woman (or mujer) creates additional complexity.

Join Audubon and Latino Outdoors for a dialogue with mujeres making a difference in the conservation world. We hope you’ll join us as we highlight the incredible mujeres at the forefront of conservation internationally. Our panelists will be discussing their experiences as Latinx women in the conservation field, the barriers they face, and how we can work to be better allies when doing conservation on a global scale.

Don’t miss out on Mapping Migraciones: Mujeres in Conservation on Thursday, June 24th from 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET!

¡No se lo pierdan!

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 20, 2021

Eldorado National Forest Interpretative Assn. Events

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 20, 2021

The nature reserve with a 500-year plan

The BBC reports on an urban nature reserve New Zealand

In the past 30 years, a wilderness has grown up in the heart of New Zealand’s capital – so successfully its neighbours now complain about the raucous racket of rare birds. But this is just the first step in a much longer plan for wilderness in the city.

Read more at The nature reserve with a 500-year plan – BBC Future

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 19, 2021

Tilden Regional Park Botanic Garden Update

Beginning June 26 online reservations are not longer needed.
FREE ENTRY – BY ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY  through June 25. Online registration will no longer be required for entry to Botanic Garden beginning June 26.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 19, 2021

Wicked Bugs with Amy Stewart 6/24/21

Author Event: Wicked Bugs with Amy Stewart
Thursday, June 24 | 6 – 7 pm

Celebrate Bug Month with us at this special evening event for a darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world with acclaimed author Amy Stewart. With wit, style, and exacting research, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes. From the world’s most painful hornet, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of six- and eight-legged creatures. Enjoy titillating stories of bugs in this mixture of history, science, and intrigue.

REGISTER: $10, $5 UCBG members

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 19, 2021

Pollinator Week: Ask Anything about Pollinators 6/23/21

Celebrate Pollinator Week by joining in a fun and informative happy hour Q&A with a panel of Xerces Society pollinator conservation experts! For 50 years, the Xerces Society has worked to protect and conserve pollinators and their habitats. Our amazing staff are national leaders getting science-based guidance for pollinator conservation into the hands of farmers, ranchers, gardeners, and other land managers. During this Q&A, participants will have the opportunity to directly ask staff about anything and everything related to pollinator conservation, native habitat restoration, pesticide use and impacts, climate change resilience, grazing management, and more. We’ll also be distributing door prizes such as Xerces Society books, habitat signs, and more to attendees throughout the hour! Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar.
June 23rd; 5pm PDT / 6pm MDT / 7pm CDT / 8pm EDT.  Register Now
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 19, 2021

 How Do I Know If a Lizard Is Male Or Female? 

Bay Nature write about How Do you Know If a Lizard Is Male Or Female?

If you’re seeing multiple lizards in your backyard, then you’re probably seeing both males and females. Most lizards, like many animals, are sexually dimorphic, meaning not only are the genitals different, so are other characteristics such as size, shape, and appearance.

While there are few hard and fast rules in the natural world, here are a some things to look for when trying to determine the sex of a lizard. As with most examples of sexual dimorphism, a lot of them have to do with males competing for both territory and mates.

First, look at the size of the lizard’s head. In many lizard species, males engage in territorial combat and therefore have noticeably bigger, bulkier heads (and bodies) than females. They use these for biting and wrestling each other, and the encounters can actually become pretty bloody and intense. So if you see a lizard with a large head, it’s likely a male.

Read more Ask The Naturalist: How Do I Know If a Lizard Is Male Or Female? -Bay Nature

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 18, 2021

Voices of the Delta Photo Exhibit

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 18, 2021

Reds Meadow Road (203) Is Open

from Mono County Tourism
Reds Meadow Road (Hwy 203) opened this morning, June 17, providing public access to Devils Postpile National Monument, Rainbow Falls, Reds Meadow Resort and recreation sites, trailheads and campgrounds in the Reds Meadow Valley.
The Reds Meadow Shuttle Service, provided by Eastern Sierra Transit Authority, begins service on July 2. Until the shuttle starts running on July 2, expect parking to be very limited in the area. We recommend you carpool and arrive early. (The parking lot is usually full by 9am)

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 18, 2021

2021 Pollinator Week is June 21 to 27

Take Part in Pollinator Week!

Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated internationally in support of pollinator health. It’s a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. The great thing about Pollinator Week is that you can celebrate and get involved any way you like! Popular events include planting for pollinators, hosting socially distant garden tours, participating in online bee and butterfly ID workshops, and so much more. Learn about activities and how to participate at Pollinator Week |

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 18, 2021

Fairy Circles in Australia May Be Due to Microbes

The New York Times  reports

A small study suggests that soil microbes could play a role in the ring-like grass formations in parts of Australia’s wilderness.

In the Australian outback, certain grasses grow in eerie rings, with ramparts of dusty green standing at the edge of wide circles of bare red dirt. Often described as “fairy circles,” these rings of spinifex grass resemble structures first spotted in the Namibian desert, both creating enormous honeycomb patterns across the landscape that really pop out in aerial photos. In Namibia, scientists have deployed cameras on fishing rods, observed termite colonies and even used mathematical models to try to explain how this phenomenon arises.

Read more at Fairy Circles in Australia May Be Due to Microbes, Study Says – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 17, 2021

Seagrasses turn back the clock on ocean acidification

ScienceDaily reports

Expansive study shows seagrass meadows can buffer ocean acidification —

Spanning six years and seven seagrass meadows along the California coast, a new extensive study examined how seagrasses can buffer ocean acidification.

Read more at  Seagrasses turn back the clock on ocean acidification: Expansive study shows seagrass meadows can buffer ocean acidification — ScienceDaily

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 16, 2021

EBRPD & Outdoor waive entry fees for Juneteen 6/19 21

from East Bay Regional Parks
EBRPD is partnering with Outdoor Afro to commemorate Juneteenth by waiving park entry fees and other fees* on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Juneteenth is an annual recognition of the 250,000 enslaved Black Americans in Texas who were notified of their freedom on June 19,1865 – 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. Outdoor Afro encourages people nationwide to reflect on what freedom means here in America by spending 2.5 hours in nature – in a nearby park, forest, or beach – to recognize the 2.5 years of freedom that was denied to so many. Join the 50,000 people they hope to get out into nature nationwide!

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 16, 2021

Job Opportunities at Golden Gate Audubon

Golden Gate Audubon Society is looking to fill two full-time staff positions:

Special Assistant for Communications

Membership Coordinator
You do NOT need to be an experienced birder for either of these jobs. But they are great opportunities to learn about birds and conservation issues, and to become part of a friendly community of people who love birds and are working hard to protect our shared Bay Area environment. These positions are based in our Berkeley office.

For descriptions and desired qualifications for each job, see

Do you know someone who might be a good match for one of these positions? Please share the job posting with them!

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 16, 2021

Urban Birding with David Lindo

David Lindo, the legendary Urban Birder, does an interesting and engaging presentation on the wonders of birds in the city! This free online event was part of the Toronto Bird Celebration. It is posted on line so you can watch it at your convenience.
You can also find more information about birding in city at David Lindo’s Urban Birding Website
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 16, 2021

What Bears Can Teach Us About Our Exercise Habits

The New York Times  reports

Scientists have found that grizzlies, like people, seem to choose the path of least resistance.

Grizzly bears move across landscapes in much the same way as most people do, favoring flat paths over slopes and gentle speeds over sprints, according to a remarkable new study of grizzlies and how their outdoor lives compare to ours.

The study, which involved wild and captive bears, a specialized treadmill, apple slices and GPS trackers, expands our understanding of how a natural drive to save energy shapes animals’ behavior, including ours, and could have implications for health and weight management. The findings also help explain why, in the great outdoors, the paths of bears and people so often intersect, providing useful reminders about

Read more at What Bears Can Teach Us About Our Exercise Habits – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 15, 2021

Job Opportunities: Native Plant Nursery

Are you looking for a career in the environmental field? Do you enjoy working with fun people towards a common goal? Do you love native plants? If so, check out these great opportunities to come join our growing restoration team!
We are hiring a NATIVE PLANT NURSERY SUPERVISOR and we have several RESTORATION TECHNICIAN positions open. Visit our website for more information including application deadlines:
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 15, 2021

Coexisting with Coyotes in the Presidio June 18, 11 a.m.

Coexisting with Coyotes in the Presidio Join David Harelson, Presidio Trust Wildlife Technician, and Mike Sun, Community Engagement Specialist, to learn about coyotes, safety and how humans and coyotes can coexist in the Presidio, an urban national park. For teens 13–adult. June 18, 11 a.m.

Watch on YouTube

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 15, 2021

Physicists report definitive evidence how auroras are created

ScienceDaily reports

Physicists report definitive evidence of how auroras are created. In experiments, the physicists demonstrated the physical mechanisms for the acceleration of electrons by Alfven waves under conditions corresponding to Earth’s auroral magnetosphere.

Read more at Physicists report definitive evidence how auroras are created — ScienceDaily

Redwood National & State Parks is seeking up to three temporary employees!
What we need: Local candidates interested in being Visitor Use Assistants (VUA)
What You Do As A VUA at Redwood National & State Parks:
VUAs will be located at Jedediah Smith and Mill Creek Campgrounds. Both campgrounds are in Del Norte County, CA near the communities of Crescent City, Hiouchi, and Klamath.
VUAs are usually the first contact the public has with an NPS employee while visiting the park. VUA’s main job collecting fees for camping and day use at one of our three fee booth locations. Candidates with prior experience collecting and accounting for money is preferred. You will also provide information to visitors about the park and surrounding areas of interest. VUAs provide information about park resources, park regulations, and recreational opportunities.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 14, 2021

National Moth Week July 17-25, 2021

July 17-25, 2021


National Moth Week Marks 10th year, July 17-25;
Calling Young People Around the World to Learn About and Observe Moths

National Moth Week (NMW) is marking its 10th year July 17 through 25 with a call to young people around the world to learn about and observe moths in their local habitats.

Each year since 2012, National Moth Week has shone a light on often unheralded moths, calling attention to their beauty, extraordinary diversity and essential role in the natural world as pollinators and a food source for other creatures.

As a worldwide citizen science project, NMW encourages “moth-ers” of all ages and abilities to turn on a light wherever they are and observe and document what they see through photography and data collection. Finding day-flying moths and moth caterpillars can be done in daylight.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 14, 2021

Webinar on Environmental Racism in Richmond, CA 6/17/21

After Dark Online: Get Up, Stand Up:
Organizing for Environmental Justice in Richmond

Conversations about Landscapes Series: Land, People, Place
A free virtual event on Thursday, June 17, at 7 p.m.
Richmond, California has more asthma-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations than anywhere else in the county, and time and time again, data shows that people of color are disproportionately impacted. However, residents are fighting back.

Join the Exploratorium for a conversation about the environmental racism struggles Richmond faces, and hear from prominent local environmental justice organizations about their work to connect with the land as a form of resistance—educating the public, empowering residents, shaping policy, and more.

Tune In
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 14, 2021

Ojai Wild! June 17th

from  WILD @ HOME! A Benefit for Los Padres ForestWatch


JUNE 17, 2021 / 6:30 – 7:30PM




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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 14, 2021

The Pipevine Caterpillar Thrives in a Toxic Love Triangle

KQED Science has a interesting video about the relationships between California Pipevine plants, PIpevine Swallowtail butterflies, and the gnats that pollinate the plants

The devilish caterpillars of the pipevine swallowtail butterfly *devour* the California pipevine, never mind that the plant is trying to poison them. Their butterfly moms don’t pollinate the pipevine in return, though. So, the vine traps unlucky gnats in its labyrinthine flowers to do the job.

See video and read more at The Pipevine Caterpillar Thrives in a Toxic Love Triangle | Deep Look

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 13, 2021

Madagascar’s Fragile Magic

from Golden Gate Audubon

Madagascar’s Fragile Magic
with Eric Schroeder, via Zoom    Thursday June 17 — 7 p.m.

The island of Madagascar is home to 308 species of birds, 108 of which are endemic (restricted to Madagascar). We’ll explore Madagascar’s varied ecosystems—from the lowland rainforests of the north to the weird and wonderful spiny forest of the southwest—and learn about threats to the island’s incredible biodiversity.

Eric Schroeder is a retired lecturer from U.C. Davis, where he was Faculty Director of the Study Abroad program. He currently is President of the Golden Gate Audubon Society Board of Directors and a coordinator of GGAS’s Travel Program.

Here’s the Zoom login info:

Meeting ID: 948 5427 9439
Passcode: 185303

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 13, 2021

Webinar – Human Dimensions of Pollinator Conservation 6/17/21

Thursday, June 17; 10am PDT / 11am MDT / 12pm CDT / 1pm EDT.  Register Now
Usually when people hear the buzz phrase “pollinator conservation” they think of bees and butterflies, not people. However, people have an essential role to play in pollinator conservation. Join guest speaker, Shannon Westlake, to learn about the human side of pollinator conservation and the various actions you can take to get more involved with supporting our native insect pollinator friends.

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