Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 16, 2022

Today Is National Love A Tree Day

National Love A Tree Day is celebrated every year on May 16 and it falls right in the middle of Garden for Wildlife Month. Did you know trees actually didn’t exist for the first 90% of Earth’s history? Shocking, isn’t it? Before trees, our Earth had fungi that grew 26 feet tall and resembled trees. Trees have played an irreplaceable role in the smooth functioning of our environment and celebrating this special day dedicated to them is the least we can do to appreciate them.

Read more to learn the history of National Love a Tree Day at NATIONAL LOVE A TREE DAY – May 16, 2022 – National Today
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 16, 2022

California getting new state park, first in 13 years 

AP reports

California will acquire a sprawling former farm property in the San Joaquin Valley and create a new state park for the first time in 13 years. The park is planned for Dos Rios Ranch, where the San Joaquin and Tuolumne rivers meet southwest of Modesto.

Read more at California getting new state park, first in 13 years | AP News

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 16, 2022

Finding the Elusive 100m Non-Redwood

The Sugar Pine Foundation talk about a search for a 100 meter tall tree that is not a Redwood. Read story at  Finding the Elusive 100m Non-Redwood With Michael Taylor and Steve Sillett – Sugar Pine Foundation

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 15, 2022

Mt. Diablo Photos 5/14/22

Photographed yesterday at Mitchell Canyon and Globe Lily trails at Mt. Diablo State Park.

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The Guardian reports on the Yurok Tribe’s efforts to reintroduce condors

“For countless generations, the Yurok people have upheld a sacred responsibility to maintain balance in the natural world,” said Joseph L James, the chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “Condor reintroduction is a real-life manifestation of our cultural commitment to restore and protect the planet for future generations.”

Read story at  ‘A sacred responsibility’: Yurok Tribe poised to return condors to the skies | California | The Guardian

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 15, 2022

Biodiversity Solutions Also Fight Climate Change

The Revelator reports

New research highlights ways to tackle our two greatest environmental challenges — at the same time.

Additional research published in Global Change Biology offers another encouraging finding. The study, by an international team of scientists, found that not only can we do better at addressing biodiversity issues — we can do it while also targeting climate change.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 14, 2022

Tree-filled Environment Improves Childhood Development


A study has found that living in a tree-filled environment is associated with better early childhood development than living in an environment where vegetation takes the form of grass cover. The analysis also found that both varieties of green space are associated with better child development outcomes than areas dominated by paved surfaces.

Read article at  Study suggests tree-filled spaces are more favorable to child development than paved or grassy surfaces: Areas with tree cover may provide greater mitigation of air pollution, noise and heat than more open green spaces — ScienceDaily

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 13, 2022

Habitat Restoration on the Santa Clara River

from the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology

MAKING HABITAT FOR OUR WILDLIFE!:Continuing our work on the Santa Clara River

As we shared last year, the WFVZ has been assisting with native riparian woodland restoration on the Santa Clara River. Our job is finding and monitoring birds that use the areas to be restored, as well as those areas that have already been restored. In addition, we conduct research on the population sizes of Threatened and Endangered species, and study their use – or avoidance – of habitat, and the impacts to their nests.

This spring and summer season we are working on TNC, FSCR, and CDFW properties in particular, on approximately 750 acres in various stages of restoration. We have already located nests of Endangered species, such as Least Bell’s Vireo, as well as other protected birds including White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, Oak Titmouse, Yellow Warbler, and Yellow-breasted Chat.

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EarthSky reports

People in the Americas, Europe and Africa will see the total lunar eclipse during the night of May 15-16, 2022. Plus, on this night, the moon is close: a supermoon. Penumbral eclipse begins at 1:32 UTC on May 16 (9:32 p.m. EDT on May 15). Partial eclipse begins at 2:27 UTC on May 16 (10:27 p.m. EDT on May 15).

Read more about the eclipse at  EarthSky | Total lunar eclipse – a supermoon eclipse – on May 15-16, 2022

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 12, 2022

UC – Berkeley Botanical Garden Photos 4/10/22

Photos from a visit to the UC-Berkeley Botanical Garden on April 10, 2022 during a member’s garden of Bromeliads with a special emphasis on Puyas.

The garden is currently open daily to the public from ten to five by reservation .  Garden members can enter at nine. There is an entrance fee (free for garden members) and paid parking.  Reservations are required except for garden members. For more information and to make reservations go to UC-Botanical Garden.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 12, 2022

Sonora Pass Opens Today

Caltrans will open State Route 108/Sonora Pass from its winter closure tomorrow, May 12, at 2:00 pm!

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 12, 2022

Birds That Build Nests With Domes May Be Doomed 

The New York Times reports

A nest with a roof may provide some birds with more protection. But bird species that build simpler nests may be more adaptable to changing conditions.

Read story at Birds That Build Nests With Domes May Be Doomed-The New York Times 

from the National Park Trust
Yosemite Park Ranger Shelton Johnson was awarded the 2022 #AmericanParkExperienceAward.
Shelton’s National Park Service family and kids from the Yosemite Valley School gathered to honor Shelton yesterday, along with a surprise appearance by Bob Stanton, former Director of the National Park Service.
Shelton is being recognized for his lifelong efforts advocating for diversity in national parks and ensuring that our parks are for everyone. Check out this congratulatory video featuring Ken Burns, Sally Jewell, and others as they share how Shelton’s work has made a lasting difference in the national parks movement.
Congratulations, Ranger Shelton Johnson!
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 11, 2022

Job Opening: Habitat Restoration Technician

SERG is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of the San Diego State University Research Foundation and is committed to restoring and preserving California’s sensitive vegetation communities for the benefit of the environment and the preservation of the ecosystem services they offer.

The Habitat Restoration Technician will help implement habitat restoration and other botanical tasks. This position requires repetitive manual labor, working outdoors in harsh conditions, heavy lifting and carrying, and hiking on rugged terrain. This is a full-time, hourly position with full benefits. The starting salary is $17/hour. Relocation benefits will not be offered.

Read more at  Habitat Restoration Technician in San Diego, CA – CNPS Forums

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 11, 2022

Xerces Society Webinar Events

See Xerces Society webinar events on bees, butterflies and pollination at  Events | Xerces Society

from the city of Berkeley

Virtual green home tours: reduce energy, increase sustainability, protect climateJumpstart your home electrification journey, free online tours May 14 & 15Come to a two-day virtual tour to learn how twelve East Bay homes, apartments, or accessory units have been upgraded to reduce use of fossil fuels and water or prepare for wildfires.These online events showcase sustainability features such as all-electric appliances, green home resources for renters, greywater and rainwater catchment systems, and strategies for living in a fire zone.

Read more and register at Virtual green home tours: reduce energy, increase sustainability, protect climate

YubaNet reports

In its seventh year, the annual City Nature Challenge—one of the world’s largest community science events—has surpassed 1,690,000 wildlife observations for another record-breaking year! Over the four-day event held last weekend, more than 67,000 people across six continents participated however they could—from attending local wildlife surveys to finding the species in their own homes—to document the wondrous diversity of wild plants, animals, and fungi that share our planet using the free mobile app iNaturalist. From observations of critically endangered and elusive species to sightings of species outside of their known ranges, the City Nature Challenge underscores the power of community science in tracking real-time changes in our planet’s biodiversity—especially in urban areas.

Read more at  City Nature Challenge records over 1,690,000 wildlife observations in a single weekend – YubaNet

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 11, 2022

Help Track the Effects of Climate Change on Birds

from Audubon

Want to help scientists better understand the effects of climate change on birds like nuthatches, bluebirds, and goldfinches? The Climate Watch spring/summer survey starts in just over a week on May 15 and runs until June 15, 2022.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 11, 2022

Dim Your Lights for Birds on World Migratory Bird Day, May 14th

Audubon is a proud sponsor of World Migratory Bird Day. Head to Audubon’s World Migratory Bird Day hub to learn more about migratory birds and Audubon’s Lights Out programs, find events near you, and find resources to help pass Lights Out ordinances in your hometown. You can also check out maps from Audubon’s Migratory Bird Initiative, including this interactive one covering light pollution across North America.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 10, 2022

CNPS Events

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 10, 2022

Job Opening: Rare Plant Scientific Coordinator

The Rare Plant Scientific Coordinator is a full-time position with responsibility for developing status review documents utilized to formally add, delete, or change plant information in the highly esteemed CNPS Rare Plant Inventory (RPI). The incumbent will also develop scientific rare plant accounts to satisfy an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to identify potential Species of Conservation Concern (SCC). This position is supervised by the Rare Plant Botanist and collaborates with a team of scientists in the CNPS Rare Plant Program as well as rare plant and conservation chairs of the CNPS chapters.

Read more and learn how to apply at  Rare Plant Scientific Coordinator – CNPS Forums

from the California Botanical Society

Underground microbial communities are fundamental to life on Earth. Quietly below the forest floor, these microbial communities act as ecosystem engineers, controlling nutrient availability and carbon storage in forests. What is more, plants are never found in nature without their microbiomes and these communities can play critical roles in plant physiology and function. Just as human microbiomes have revolutionized our understanding of human health, forest microbiomes represent a critical axis of forest health, especially in a changing climate. In this talk, Dr. Claire Willing will highlight some of her research investigating how these cryptic forest microbiomes are impacted by global change and what shifts in forest microbiome communities could mean for forests in a changing climate.
Join us this Thursday May 12th, 2022  7-8 pm PTZ

Talk Zoom link:

Tonight, join the Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day 2022 Webinar for a fascinating conversation about migratory birds, the hazards they face, and the actions we are taking to help ensure safe passage along their journeys. The webinar will be presented in English with live Spanish translation.

Audubon is a proud sponsor of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 14. With the theme “Dim the Lights to Save Birds at Night,” this year’s focus is on light pollution and its impact on migratory birds. With 80% of the United States impacted by photo-polluted nights, light pollution of airspace and increased urbanization poses serious threats to nocturnal migrants.

Tune into this discussion with Audubon on how we can work towards giving birds a better chance of survival on their journeys between their breeding and wintering grounds.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022  7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. PT

Sign Up

NPR reports

The vaquita marina, Spanish for “little sea cow,” is considered the world’s most endangered marine mammal.

The gray porpoise – known for its small size and characteristic black markings around its eyes and mouth – only lives in the northernmost part of Mexico’s Gulf of California, where fishing has brought the species to the brink of extinction.

But research now finds that, genetically speaking, there is still hope the vaquita population can recover.

Read more Inbreeding will not be the end of Mexico’s endangered vaquita marina : NPR

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 9, 2022

Birds That Build Nests With Domes May Be Doomed 

The New York Times  reports

Many of the bird nests you’ll spot this spring will have the familiar open and cupped shape, perfect for securing eggs and eventually hatchlings. About 30 percent of bird species are the starchitects of the avian kingdom, constructing elaborate domed nests with roofs. While ecologists have long thought that domed nests provided greater safety from predators and weather, a new study suggests songbirds who opt for simpler nests may be better off in the long run.

Read more at Birds That Build Nests With Domes May Be Doomed – New York Times

The New York Times  reports a new observation of Magpie intelligence and cooperation

The magpies showed their smarts by helping one another remove tracking harnesses that scientists carefully placed on them.

Read article at Australia’s Clever Birds Did Not Consent to This Science Experiment

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 7, 2022

What’s Happening in the East Bay Regional Parks

Check out the upcoming activities in the East Bay Regional Parks. The current newsletter has various park events including special Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month programs and the Mobile Education interpretive staff has created a welcoming affinity space for our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities by providing BIPOC specific programming. Programs are Spanish/English bilingual with Naturalist Claudia Muñoz.

See activities, events and programs at  eNews-What’s Happening in Your Regional Parks…

news release from the Center for Biological Diversity

Novel Partnership With Center for Biological Diversity Showcases Stories of Extinct Species

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity is partnering with Mage Hand Press and creator Lucas Zellers to resurrect the histories of extinct animals in a surprising new way: through the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.

A newly launched project called The Book of Extinction tells the stranger-than-fiction true stories of animals now lost, alongside game statistics as fantasy monsters. Readers can pay what they want for the first three monsters — the Tasmanian tiger, great auk and passenger pigeon. All proceeds will be donated to support the Center’s work protecting endangered species and wild places.

Read More…

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 6, 2022

Job Opening: Membership Coordinator

from Eastern Sierra Land Trust
We are hiring! We just opened our Membership Coordinator position, and would love for you to apply to join our team.
Please share with someone who might be interested in working to protect the Eastern Sierra!
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 6, 2022

Job Openings at Pt Reyes National Seashore Association

Events & Community Engagement Coordinator
The Events and Community Engagement Coordinator will work with the Director of Community Engagement and Philanthropy to develop, execute, and evaluate a comprehensive annual events plan to increase and expand financial support and community engagement, including management of our annual fundraising dinner, Picnic on the Pacific Plate. This position organizes inspiring, educational, inclusive events.
Finance Assistant
The Finance Assistant will be part of a small finance team that manages a multi-million dollar annual operating nonprofit budget. We are looking for a reliable, organized individual with retail, timesheet, data entry, and computer experiences to join our team. This role is 100% remote with flexible days/hours and the average work week should be 32 – 40 hours, with some exceptions due to the nature of the work.

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