Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 6, 2021

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 13, 2021

Court supports ban on offshore gas & oil drilling in the oceans

from Alt National Park Service

A U.S. appeals court affirmed an earlier decision upholding Obama-era standards for Arctic and Atlantic Ocean protections. In an April 2017 executive order, then-President Trump unwound the Obama administration’s permanent ban on offshore gas and oil drilling in the oceans. But in 2019, the District Court for the District of Alaska ruled in favor of a coalition of conservation groups, finding that the Trump administration had overstepped its authority with the rollback.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 13, 2021

Bring More Birds to Your Home With Native Plants

from Audubon

Create your very own bird sanctuary with the help of Audubon’s Native Plants Database. Enter your 5-digit zip code to find a list of the best plants for birds in your area, as well as local resources and links to more information. Start Planting

From Golden Gate Audubon

Zoom Presentation Bird Sound Recordings for Conservation and Research
with Greg Budney, former audio curator for Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Learn how audio recordings of bird calls are used for conservation and research — from portable recording systems in tropical bird conservation, to automated playback systems for reintroduction of birds into the wild.This talk will also address the ethics of playback, and briefly discuss leaders in this field. The presentation will feature many recordings that contain both high frequencies and very low-pitched sounds. The use of high-fidelity stereo headphones or earbuds is highly recommended. Laptop computer internal speakers are not capable of reproducing many low-frequency signals.When: This Thursday, April 15th, at 7 p.m. PST    Where: Online via Zoom
How To Sign In: Our free Speaker Series webinar is available on a first- come, first-serve basis with capacity for up to 500 participants. We are not able to register participants before the event. Please make sure to download the Zoom app before the Speaker Series begins. You will need a passcode to sign into the event. Links and passcode are provided below.Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/92123791978?pwd=SkZvYytTbkl0THZHZUlncC9ncm1sZz09
Passcode: 509526
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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 12, 2021

Turn the Lights Out. Here Come the Birds.

The New York Times  reports

Dozens of American cities are being transformed this spring, enveloped in darkness as the lights that usually brighten up their skylines are turned off at night to prevent birds from fatal impacts during their annual migrations.

Each year, an estimated 365 million to one billion birds die by smacking into reflective or transparent windows in deadly cases of mistaken identity, believing the glass to be unimpeded sky.

Read more at  Turn the Lights Out. Here Come the Birds. – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 11, 2021

Small asteroid to pass very close on Sunday Night and Monday

EarthSky reports

A recently detected space rock will pass by our planet on Monday, April 12, 2021. It’ll come extremely close, far closer than geostationary satellites orbiting some 22,000 miles (35,786 km) above Earth. The small asteroid has been designated as 2021 GW4. It is estimated to be about 16 feet (5 meters) in diameter. It’s a small space rock, and there’s no risk of impact, astronomers say. NASA/JPL calculations indicate asteroid 2021 GW4 will pass at just 12,313 miles (19,816 km) from Earth’s surface, which is about 5% the Earth-moon distance.

The space rock is traveling at 18,706 miles per hour (30,104 km/h) or 8.36 kilometers per second, relative to Earth. The closest approach of asteroid 2021 GW4 will occur at about 13:00 UTC (during the day for the east coast of North America; translate UTC to your time) on Monday, April 12. Amateur astrophotographers might try to capture the space rock on Sunday night (April 11) as the asteroid will be passing very close to where we see the galaxy Messier 95, in the direction of the constellation Leo the Lion, as seen from our perspective.

Read more at Heads up! Small asteroid to pass very close on Monday | Space | EarthSky

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 11, 2021

Pt. Reyes Limantour Rd. Closure 4/13 to 4/16/21

From Tuesday April 13, 2021 to Friday April 16, 2021 Limantour Rd. at Pt. Reyes National Seashore will be closed between 8 am and 5 pm.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 11, 2021

Pandemic Wilderness Explorers Are Straining Search and Rescue

The New York Times reports

In the throes of a pandemic that has made the indoors inherently dangerous, tens of thousands more Americans than usual have flocked outdoors, fleeing crowded cities for national parks and the public lands around them. But as these hordes of inexperienced adventurers explore the treacherous terrain of the backcountry, many inevitably call for help. It has strained the patchwork, volunteer-based search-and-rescue system in America’s West.Image

Read full story at Pandemic Wilderness Explorers Are Straining Search and Rescue – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 10, 2021

Judge Blocks Massive Tejon Ranchcorp Development

Center For Biological Diversity News Release

Centennial Ruling Signals Officials Must Consider California Wildfire Risks

LOS ANGELES— In a major victory against a destructive development larger than Griffith Park, a judge has issued a ruling blocking Tejon Ranchcorp’s Centennial. The project would have put 57,000 residents on remote, fire-prone wildlands 65 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff found that the development’s environmental review failed to account for the increased wildfire risk the 12,000-acre project would pose to surrounding wildlands. The ruling sends a clear signal that elected officials across the state must consider the serious risks of building on wildfire-prone land.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 9, 2021

Marin Native Plant Society April 14 to 21

For more information, plants available, and details go to  Marin CNPS Plant Sale

 

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 9, 2021

Regional Parks Botanic Garden Photos 4/6/21

Photos from a visit to the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Park in Berkeley on April 6, 2021

The Regional Parks Botanic Garden is a botanic garden of California native plants. The garden is open for visitors Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free but reservations are required. For reservations click here.

You  can see other photos from the Regional Parks Botanic Garden by several photographers on the garden’s Flickr group page at Regional Parks Botanic Garden.

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 | April 9, 2021

Native Plants of the California Channel Islands – YouTube

The talk will start with a tour of the native plant garden at the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center. We will then look at where to find these native plants on the popular hiking trails of the islands.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 9, 2021

 Bats and Agaves, a Plant-Pollinator Love Story 

Naturally Speaking: Dr Kristen Lear – Bats and Agaves, a Plant-Pollinator Love Story – YouTube

Agaves are iconic plants across Mexico and the US Southwest, including Cabrillo National Monument. The towering stalks of agaves provide abundant nectar that feeds bats and many other pollinators. Come learn about the special relationship between nectarivorous bats and agaves as well as some surprising bat/agave interactions, and hear about how Bat Conservation International is restoring agaves to protect endangered bats.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 9, 2021

Banana Slugs

Bay Nature has an article  Banana Slugs Are One of the Weirdest Animals on Earth.

They discuss “the Bay Area’s most beloved gastropod has a mysterious evolutionary history, and the key to understanding it is… their reproductive parts?”

A reservation will be required to drive into Yosemite May 21 through September 30, 2021. You must display your permit on your dashboard at all times while inside the park.

For information go to Entrance Reservations – Yosemite National Park at https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/reservations.htm

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 8, 2021

Berkeley Street Photos April 5, 2021

Photographed in the North Berkeley Flatlands between April 5, 2021.

This is part of my continuing 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 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 | April 8, 2021

BirdSpotter 2020-21 Photo Award Winning Submissions

See the FeederWatch BirdSpotter photo submissions for 2020 to 2021 at Award Winning Submissions

The Guardian reports

Yurok Tribe will create a captive breeding facility in Redwood national park for birds that could be released as early as this fall

After a century of absence, the endangered California condor is set to return to the skies of the Pacific north-west.

Read more at Endangered condors return to northern California skies after nearly a century – The Guardian

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 7, 2021

The Beaver Believers – 4/8/21

from Los Padres ForestWatch

Join us on Thursday, April 8 at 7pm for a screening of The Beaver Believers, a documentary about the fascinating world of North America’s largest rodent. Learn about their role in ecosystems across the West, and stay for a Q&A with the filmmaker and other beaver experts. A portion of the proceeds from the screening go to our conservation efforts in the Central Coast region.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 7, 2021

A Gray Wolf’s Epic Journey Toward the Central Coast

Los Padres ForestWatch reports

For the first time in more than a century, a gray wolf has returned to California’s central coast region as part of an epic journey from Oregon spanning more than 600 miles and eighteen counties in California. The wolf, known as OR-93, is fitted with a radio collar, and was detected in both Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties.

Read more at A Gray Wolf’s Epic Journey Toward the Central Coast

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 7, 2021

Virtual Nature Talks! – WILDFLOWERS Tonight 4/7/21

Virtual Nature Talks! – WILDFLOWERS, Wed, April 7, 2021, 7pm!!!!
You still have time to register!! Contact Lara at lzegart@tamcsd.org.
TCSD presents Virtual Nature Talks! – Wildflowers. Join NPS volunteer and Board member Steffen Bartschat and Ranger Mia Monroe, as well as our guest speaker Maria Alvarez of the NPS, as they present information on the wonderful wildflowers that grow in the Tam Valley area. Learn about threats to them and how you can protect them.
Ranger Mia will also provide updates on the NPS.
Email Lara, lzegart@tamcsd.org for zoom information and to answer questions.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 7, 2021

Mono County Seasonal Road Conditions 4/7/21

from Mono County Tourism
 Monitor Pass Hwy 89: Closed – plowing started April 1st
👉 Sonora Pass Hwy 108: Closed – plowing started April 1st
👉 Tioga Pass Hwy 120 West: Closed – Plowing will start April 15th
👉 Bodie Road Hwy 270: Open from the junction of U.S. 395 to end of the paved section of the road. The dirt road is clear until ½ mile before the State Park entrance. There is still a ½ mile hike into the park with wet and muddy conditions. Due to limited space, RV’s and trailers are not advised.
👉 Mono Mills Road/State Route 120 E: OPEN
👉 North June Lake Loop/State Route 158 N: OPEN
👉 Virginia Lakes Road: Closed at Dunderberg Meadows Road
👉 Saddlebag Lake Road: Closed
👉 Lundy Lake Road: Open to Lundy Lake Resort
👉 Rock Creek Road: Closed at Snow Park – opening will begin 4/12
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 7, 2021

Berkeley Street Photos April 2 to 5, 2021

Photographed in the North Berkeley Flatlands between April 2 and 5 2021.

This is part of my continuing 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 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 | April 7, 2021

Zoom Program on Ocotillos 4/15/21

The Anza-Borrego Foundation has an upcoming presentation on What You Need to Know About Ocotillos Before You Die on April 15, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm PDT 
Join us for the first webinar in our virtual Anza-Borrego: In Focus series! Did you know? In the American Southwest, there are more streets named after the ocotillo than any other desert plant. It is the only species that blooms every year regardless of rainfall. Migrating hummingbirds can’t survive without their blossoms. Learn what every desert aficionado should know about the desert’s most remarkable keystone species. Presented by Jim Cornett, who has been studying ocotillos in the Park since 2007. Cost: Free of charge.

Register in Advance for This Zoom Webinar

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 7, 2021

No Wifi in the Forest

from Alt National Park Service

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 7, 2021

New Feature on eBird: Habitat Association Charts

New interactive habitat association charts for 649 species

Newly released habitat regional charts show habitat associations for 649 species for every week of the year. These interactive visualizations provide insight into how species’ habitat associations change across space and time on a scale not possible before. What types of habitats are your favorite species found in throughout the year? Explore the new habitat regional charts to find out!

Learn how to interpret habitat regional charts and start exploring

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 6, 2021

Job Opening: Public Lands Advocate – Los Padres ForestWatch

The Public Lands Advocate position is an exciting blend of advocacy, community organizing, relationship-building with stakeholders and local elected officials, conducting outreach to underserved communities, and mobilizing volunteers to clean up trash and make the forest a better place for everyone to visit.

Early-Bird Passes to the Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival are on Sale Now!

Get Your Bird On! Early-Bird Tickets Available for Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival Through April 16th! Register Today!

We are excited for this year’s event, as we have an amazing line up of local, national, and international speakers joining us from April 22nd – 25th featuring a variety of topics.

Just some of our featured classes included in the four-day online event:

  • Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird with Katie Fallon
  • Book Club: A Special Q& A with Julie Zickefoose on her book: Saving Jemima: Life and Love with A Hard-Luck Jay
  • Nature Journaling, Building a Bigger Bird Brain with John Muir Laws
  • A Hoot of a Time: Owls of Marin County with Joe Mueller
  • Past, Present & Future with Richard Crossley
  • Great Warriors: Hummingbirds, Fire & Conserving Mexican Biodiversity with Dr. Sarahy Contreras-Martínez & Juan Pablo Galván Martínez
  • A Year with the Urban Gray Fox with Bill Leikam
  • Snouts & Bills: The Relationship Between Northern Elephant Seals and the Birds the Benefit  with Dr. Sarah Allen
  • Is the Monarch Vanishing from the West? with Mia Monroe, Dr. Robert Michael Pyle, and Dr. Cheryl Schultz. 
  • Migrating California Shorebirds: A Look at Our Coastal Species at Bodega Bay with Lisa Hug
  • Field Guide to the Birds of the Sierra Nevada: A New Perspective on Field Guides with Keith Hansen & David Wimpfheimer.
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Check Out the Full Program and Speaker Line Up!

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 6, 2021

Cannibalism May Be Key for These Cockroach Couples

The New York Times reports

Males and females of a species that mates monogamously complete their bond by gnawing off each other’s wings, a new study found.

For certain cockroaches living inside rotten logs in Asia, nothing says “I love you” like some minor cannibalism.

Newly mated pairs of one species, Salganea taiwanensis, take turns chewing each other’s wings down to stubs after they move into the homes where they will jointly raise babies. Scientists say this unique behavior may have evolved because of the roaches’ truly monogamous bond.

Read more at Cannibalism May Be Key for These Cockroach Couples – The New York Times

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 5, 2021

April 5 to 12 Is International Dark Sky Week

International Dark Sky Week, held during the week of the new moon in April, is a week during which people worldwide turn out their lights in order to observe the beauty of the night sky without light pollution. This event was founded in 2003 by high school student Jennifer Barlow of Midlothian, Virginia.

Learn more about Dark Sky week at  Home | International Dark Sky Week

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 5, 2021

Japan’s cherry blossom ‘earliest peak since 812’

The BBC reports

The cherry blossom season, Japan’s traditional sign of spring, has peaked at the earliest date since records began 1,200 years ago, research shows.

The 2021 season in the city of Kyoto peaked on 26 March, according to data collected by Osaka University.

Increasingly early flowerings in recent decades are likely to be as a result of climate change, scientists say.

Read more at Japan’s cherry blossom ‘earliest peak since 812’ – BBC News

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