Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2022

Three new snake species discovered in graveyards

National Geographic reports

Native to southern Ecuador, the newfound serpents belong to a little-studied group of snakes that spend their lives underground. Read story a Three new snake species discovered in graveyards

Read story at Three new snake species discovered in graveyards

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 27, 2022

Fall Plant Sale Saturday October 1, 2022 – Updated with Plant List

from the Regional Parks Botanic Garden

For the first time in three years, the Botanic Garden is holding an in-person plant sale!
Fall is the best time to plant many California natives. Choose from a huge selection of California native plants at our annual fall sale to benefit the Garden.

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Friends of RPBG members only.
Memberships may be purchased starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Botanic Garden on October 1. Credit cards accepted.

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Open to the public.

Sale held at Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Regional Park.
Entrance to the sale will be at the Botanic Garden’s west gate on Anza View Drive via Wildcat Canyon Road.

Free parking and no entrance fee
Bring your own small wagon or boxes
Plenty of fun and expert advice!
Credit cards accepted.

To see the plant list go to:    Bs 2022 Fall Plant Sale List 9.27 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 27, 2022

Zoom: Saging the World

from East Bay CNPS
Join us on Zoom on September 28, 7:30 pm, for the short documentary film Saging the World and a Q&A session with the filmmakers:
Sage smudging—burning dried white sage (Salvia apiana)—has become a viral trend. But the appropriated use of saging in popular culture is harming both white sage populations in the wild and the Native people who have protected and tended a relationship with the plant for thousands of generations.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 27, 2022

A 600-mile Trail Connecting 15 Northern California Mountain Towns

Connected Communities – Sierra Buttes Trail Steward is about a project to connect  15 mountain towns in Northern California by multi-use trails.

The Connected Communities Project is a visionary effort led in partnership with the US Forest Service, SBTS, and community partners to connect 15 mountain towns for economic prosperity through outdoor recreation – an $887 billion industry. It will create a vision for a recreation-focused lifestyle through community investment, shared stewardship, economic opportunity, and important new local jobs, all benefiting economically disadvantaged communities in California’s Plumas, Sierra, Butte, Lassen, and Nevada Counties as well as Washoe County, Nevada. Our work will include planning, environmental review, trail creation, and maintenance of trails. It is the intent of this project to diversify recreation throughout the region, provide economic stability as well as support fire recovery and prevention efforts. This project will create a learning landscape for outdoor and environmental education programs that include youth employment and volunteer participation. The end goal is to build the proposed Lost Sierra Route, paying homage to the region and the historic Gold Rush-era mail delivery route.

Read more at  Connected Communities – Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2022

Moss Landing Photos 9/16/22

Photographed at Moss Landing on September 16, 2022.

Brown Pelicans are especially abundant on the California Coast this year due to a large herring population, which resulted in a very successful breeding season. Video of Brown Pelicans.


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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2022

Job Opening: Conservation & Projects Manager

Siskiyou Land Trust is Hiring! And we’re looking for more!  Are you an energetic, detail-oriented project manager who is passionate about land conservation in far northern California? Siskiyou Land Trust is a successful, growing land conservation organization seeking a motivated and dynamic Conservation and Projects Manager to join our team. We’ve protected over 30,000 acres of forest lands, woodlands, agricultural lands, meadows, and open space since in Siskiyou County 1994.  READ THE JOB DESCRIPTION HERE…

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2022

Pace of Climate Change Sends Economists Back to Drawing Board 

The New York Times reports

They underestimated the impact of global warming, and their preferred policy solution floundered in the United States.

Read story at Pace of Climate Change Sends Economists Back to Drawing Board

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 25, 2022

Giant sequoia protection efforts

from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy

In the past two years, nearly 20 percent of all giant sequoias, the largest trees in the world that only grow naturally on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, have been killed. Among those killed were many of the largest trees in each grove, called monarchs, that mostly died in the 2020 Castle Fire and the 2021 KNP Complex and Windy fires.

In an effort to help protect these iconic trees from future wildfire, the federal government recently initiated emergency fuel-reduction treatments on 13,000-plus acres of U.S. Forest Service land in and around 12 different giant sequoia groves. Scheduled to begin this summer and end in 2024, these emergency-response treatments will complement the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC)-funded Grant Grove Big Stump Ecological Restoration Project, which will wrap up in early 2023.

Read more at: State-funded giant sequoia projects | Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 24, 2022

Pt. Lobos Photos 9/15/22

Photos from Pt. Lobos State Natural Reserve  taken on September 15, 2022. Photos are from the Cypress Trail, BIrd Island Trail and Part of South Shore Trail. There were hundreds possibly thousands of Brown Pelicans which a docent told us was highly unusual for Pt. Lobos in September.

For information on visiting Pt. Reyes check my posting  Pt. Lobos-a “must do”, but avoid the crowds

See large high quality versions of the photos at Pt. Lobos 9/15/22

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 24, 2022

Sierra Club Celebrates New Federal Committee Promoting Equity in Nature

The Sierra Club celebrates with the White House the signing of the “United States Government Interagency Memorandum of Understanding on Promoting Equitable Access to Nature in Nature-Deprived Communities” by 10 Federal departments and agencies. It’s an important acknowledgement of the need to prioritize communities that have long been locked out of the benefits that nature can provide to us. 
— Read on

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 24, 2022

Don’t Touch the Animals or the Cactus

From Joshua Tree National Park
Clicked them all? Confirmed, you are a human.
Please give the animals space. Cacti will poke you back. Cultural resources are delicate and irreplaceable; don’t touch.
A meme with pictures of cacti, mountain lion, tortoise, tarantula, snake, horned lizard, and a petroglyph, and a caption that reads, “to prove you aren’t robot, please select all the images of things you shouldn’t touch in Joshua Tree”
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 24, 2022

Apache tribes in Arizona are leading the way in saving Emory oak trees

NPR reports

As Emory oak trees in parts of Arizona disappear, members of several Apache tribes are working on a collaborative plan with the U.S. Forest Service and researchers to preserve them.

Read or listen to story at  Encore: Apache tribes in Arizona are leading the way in saving Emory oak trees : NPR

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 23, 2022

17 Mile Drive Photos 9/14/23

Photos taken along “17 Mile Drive” on the Monterey Peninsula.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 23, 2022

Reminder September 24 is National Public Lands Day

National Parks are Free On National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day is organized annually and led by the National Environmental Education Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service and other federal agencies. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers roll up their sleeves to help restore and preserve public lands of all types and sizes—from iconic national parks and rivers to local urban green spaces and everything in between. National Public Lands Day is special because it provides all lovers of the environment—old and new—an opportunity to show our appreciation for these unique places.

Get Involved

There are many ways to participate in National Public Lands Day. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to #RecreateResponsibly!

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 23, 2022

3 big studies on East Bay’s creatures, plants and wildfire risk

Berkeleyside  reports

A first-of-its-kind analysis looked at the health of East Bay wildlife, from bats to bobcats and salamanders to steelhead. Two major mapping projects will dive deep into vegetation and wildfire hazard.

Three major East Bay land studies are underway or recently completed under collaborations of public land managers including EBRPD, EBMUD, Alameda and Contra Costa counties and Berkeley and other local cities.

They include:

  • A wildlife survey, already completed, covering lands of EBRPD and EBMUD.

  • A fine-scale vegetation map, showing 3-D images covering all of Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Completion is likely in a few years.

  • A related wildfire risk map, based on vegetation, and topography, also covering all of Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Completion is likely in mid 2023.

Read article at   3 big studies on East Bay’s creatures, plants and wildfire risk

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 22, 2022

Job Opening: Project Lead

Grassroots Ecology is hiring a full-time Project Lead to engage local community members in public land stewardship projects in Redwood City. We are looking for someone who is excited to connect with volunteers in an outdoor setting. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter as a PDF attachment to

Applications are due by October 28, 2022. See full job description at

Grassroots Ecology values the participation of people from all identities and backgrounds. We recognize that there have historically been many barriers keeping certain communities from participating in environmental activities and programs. We strongly encourage people who identify as BIPOC, LGBTIQ+, first-generation college students, and other groups underrepresented in the conservation field to apply

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 22, 2022

Happy 101st Birthday Oldest Ranger

We’d like to wish a very Happy 101st Birthday to Betty Reid Soskin!
Betty is now retired from the NPS but volunteers with us for a virtual chat program on most Thursdays. Please always check the website calendar for schedule changes or cancellations:
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 22, 2022

How Many Ants Are There On Earth?

CNN  reported

A new estimate for the total number of ants burrowing and buzzing on Earth comes to a whopping total of nearly 20 quadrillion individuals.

That staggering sum — 20,000,000,000,000,000, or 20,000 trillion — reveals ants’ astonishing ubiquity even as scientists grow concerned a possible mass die off of insects could upend ecosystems.

The estimated abundance of ants exceeds the combined biomass — that is, the total mass — of wild birds and mammals and is equivalent to about 20% of human biomass, according to the study.

Read full article at Scientists have estimated how many ants there are on Earth. Clue: It’s a lot

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 22, 2022

Pounding Surf Kills Nearly 200 Whales Left Stranded on Australian Coast

NBCBay Area reports

A day after 230 whales were found stranded on the wild and remote west coast of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, only 35 were still alive despite rescue efforts that were to continue Thursday.

Half the pod of pilot whales stranded in Macquarie Harbour were presumed to still be alive on Wednesday, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania said. 

But pounding surf took a toll overnight, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service manager Brendon Clark said.

Read more at Pounding Surf Kills Nearly 200 Whales Left Stranded on Australian Coast – NBC Bay Area

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 21, 2022

Garrapata State Park Photos 9/14/22

Photographed at Garrapata State Park along the Big Sur Coast on September 14, 2022.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 21, 2022

Saturday, September 24th Is National Public Lands Day

from National Park Service
National Public Lands Day is this Saturday, September 24th! There are many ways to participate! Whatever you choose to do, be sure to #RecreateResponsibly!
🌲 Visit a national park for free.
🧹 Take part in a volunteer work project. Certain in-park projects may provide a fee-free day coupon to be used on a future date.
🗓 See the list of National Public Lands Day volunteer events at national parks at:
😊 Have fun and enjoy the health benefits of being outdoors!
📱 Share your favorite outdoor activity on social media channels with the hashtag #NPLD and #NPSVolunteer!
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 21, 2022

Bird Flu Found in Dolphins in Florida & Porpoises in Sweden

The New York Times reports

The findings represent the first time a highly pathogenic form of the virus, which has devastated bird populations this year, has been detected in cetaceans.

Read more at Bird Flu Found in Dolphin in Florida and Porpoise in Sweden – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 20, 2022

It’s Sea Otter Awareness Week

from Defenders of Wildlife

This week is #SeaOtterAwarenessWeek – it’s 20th anniversary! The goal is to educate and spread the word about California’s iconic #SeaOtters and how we might co-existence best alongside them.
Join us and learn more about the week of events:
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 20, 2022

Calflora’s Great Wildflower Places

Calflora’s Great Places has detailed in formation about many places to see California native plants in the wild. It is useful for finding and planning your wildflower outings including detailed plant lists with photos.


Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 19, 2022

Humpback Whale and Sea Lions Photos 9/13/22

Photos of whales are from a whale watching trip on Monterey Bay and the California Sea Lions are from the Fisherman’s Wharf area of Monterey. Also a video of the Sea Lions

Sea Lion Video

Whale and Sea Lion Slideshow

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PLUMAS NATIONAL FOREST is hiring seasonal technicians for the 2023 Field Season!

Biological Science Technician (Plants) and Botanists – Help protect and conserve trees, forbs, grasses and other plants by conducting surveys, inventorying threatened, endangered and sensitive plant species, and collecting and planting seeds. Work also entails inventory of invasive plant species and may include invasive treatment.

Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) – Help protect and conserve wildlife by assessing animal populations, restoring and monitoring habitat, and evaluating projects for their effect on native species. Survey for and work with species such as California Spotted Owl, Northern Goshawk, Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged Frog, California Red-legged Frog, Foothill Yellow-legged Frog, Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Forest Carnivores, and more.

Positions will be filled at the following duty locations: Quincy, CA; Blairsden, CA; and Oroville, CA.

Barrack housing may be available at certain duty locations.


Announcements will be open to accept applications on from Sept 29 through October 6.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 19, 2022

The Bird Migration Explorer Has Landed

from Audubon

Born from an unprecedented partnership among science, conservation, and technology organizations, the Bird Migration Explorer is a first-of-its-kind, interactive, digital platform that visualizes the heroic annual journeys of 458 North American migratory species.

With the Explorer, you can take a closer look at your favorite bird as it completes its annual migration using the Species Migration maps, discover the migratory birds in your community and see how they connect you to other places across the Western Hemisphere on the Locations maps, and learn about many of the challenges migratory birds face during the year with the Conservation Challenges maps. For tips on how to use the Explorer, watch our explainer video.

Start Exploring
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 18, 2022

UC-Santa Cruz Arboretum Photos 9/12/22

Photographed in the Australian and Succulent sections of the UC-Santa Cruz Arboretum on September 12, 2022.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 18, 2022

Kings Canyon and Sequoia N.P. Job Opportunities

Do you love nature? Are you passionate about public service and protecting our national parks? Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are getting ready to announce seasonal and permanent positions starting in October. Seasonal jobs will start around April 2023 and end around November.
You can prepare to apply by creating a profile and building your federal resume on Federal resumes differ from resumes that are used for the private sector. USAjobs has a helpful resume builder tool that will ensure that your federal resume accurately shows off your skills and expertise.
Use the links below to help build your resume, and stay tuned to our social accounts for the upcoming announcements!

The New York Times reports

As global warming passes certain limits, dire changes will probably become irreversible, the researchers said, including the loss of polar ice sheets and the death of coral reefs.

Read more at Failure to Slow Warming Will Set Off Climate ‘Tipping Points,’ Scientists Say- The New York Times

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