Save The Bay volunteers
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Save The Bay needs your help at its nursery in Bedwell Bayfront Park, Menlo Park. Habitat restorers and volunteers will be weeding and preparing plants for their journey to the outside world!

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Upon registering, folks will receive confirmation and directions.


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Wilson's and Red-necked Phalaropes are tiny but charismatic shorebirds that rely on saline lakes like Mono Lake and Owens Lake as their most critical gas stations on their epic migration to South America. Saline lakes are threatened worldwide by water diversion and climate change, and presumably phalaropes are threatened along with them.


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Want to learn more about the large-scale restoration projects taking place around the San Francisco Bay? Interested in how the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and its partners undertake daily restoration activities? Looking to improve your outdoor spaces and make them more watershed-friendly and drought-resistant?


Weeders at work. Credit Annette McMillan
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Help restore our Bay and get some much needed fresh air at the Refuge!


Volunteers hard at work on plover and tern habitat. Credit: SFBBO
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Join the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory to help enhance habitat for snowy plovers and least terns!

Volunteers will gather at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward to remove predator perches, trim overgrown vegetation, and spread oyster shells to help camouflage the protected birds from predators. These activities will help improve the… Read More


Don Edwards Refuge 50th Anniversary Logo
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You are invited to a celebratory Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge 50th anniversary open house, including guided walks, ranger talks, crafts and activities, refreshments, and fun for all!

Here is the day's activities:


Alviso Marina County Park
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Remove invasive plants, spread mulch, and help prepare for native vegetation plantings at this work day hosted by Santa Clara County Parks Natural Resource Management team and the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory as part of an effort to restore coastal habitat at Alviso Marina County Park.


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Dr. Kristen Ruegg will discuss her work to map migratory bird population challenges at this free virtual event. Most populations of migratory birds are now threatened. It is estimated that the populations of 1 out of every 2 songbirds are declining in the Western Hemisphere with impacts predicted to worsen with climate change. However, because migratory birds have breeding, migratory, and… Read More


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Join San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory biologists at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve to view one of only six San Francisco Bay breeding colonies of endangered California least terns.

The group at the free event will look for adults incubating nests, young downy chicks being fed by their parents, older feathered chicks running around the colony, and fledglings learning to fly.


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Shorebirds are an exciting yet vexing group for birders to identify. At this free virtual event, Jon Dunn and Lara Tseng will discuss sandpipers: not only their identification, but also plumages, structure, molts, behavior, status and distribution. They will also talk about how to look at and study shorebirds – doing so requires some memorization but more importantly patience, love, and… Read More


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Amie MacDonald at the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory's Birdy Hour Speaker Series discusses the latest technological approach to tracking bird migration.


Watching the Grass Grow - For Over a Decade by David Thomson
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David Thomson, founder of San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory's Habitats Program, will discuss upland transition zone strategies and other activities of the Habitats Program during more than a decade of work at SFBBO's latest Birdy Hour.


Snowy plover among oyster shell camouflage
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Join us for the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory's annual event to help enhance habitat for western snowy plovers!


Least tern at Eden Landing. Credit: SFBBO webcam
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Join San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory at Eden Landing to help enhance habitat for endangered California least terns!

Volunteers will join SFBBO staff at Pond E14, which supports one of only six least tern breeding colonies in the San Francisco Bay estuary.

To help improve tern breeding success, we will remove predator perches and, at the colony site, thin overgrown vegetation that reduces… Read More


Volunteers at work. Credit: Karan Gathani
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Help restore our Bay and get some much needed fresh air at the Refuge.


Drawbridge. Credit: Cris Benton
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Join Ceal Craig of the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society, for a unique opportunity to dive into the history of Drawbridge, a 'ghost town' that once housed a thriving community on an island along the South San Francisco Bay, in the Alviso Ponds of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.


Mountain View shoreline
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Dave Halsing, Restoration Project Executive Project Manager, will share information about wetlands restoration at a group bike ride along the Bay Trail in Mountain View. Mountain View Council Member Pat Showalter and environmental advocate Lenny Siegel will also participate in the event, which will include information about environmental issues at Moffett Field. The bike ride is sponsored by… Read More


Western Snowy Plover. Credit: Vivek Khanzode
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Join the plucky group of volunteers who will meet at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward to improve the lot of least terns and western snowy plovers by spreading oyster shells, removing predator perches, and improving foraging habitat for the listed species.

The 2nd annual event at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reserve is sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Bird… Read More


California Biodiversity Week wildlife
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Join Don Edwards Refuge Wildlife Biologist Rachel Tertes for a virtual program on South San Francisco Bay salt marsh biodiversity.  The event is  part of a celebration o California Biodiversity Week, September 4-13. More information:

Celebrate California Biodiversity Week and learn about the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge!


California Biodiversity Week wildlife
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Refuge Ranger Miguel Marquez and Olivia Poulosthe, an Associate with the Watershed Watchers anti-pollution program, will lead this virtual tour of marsh habitat near the Don Edwards Refuge's Environmental Education Center in Alviso.

The event is  part of a celebration o California Biodiversity Week, September 4-13. More information:

Celebrate California Biodiversity Week and learn about the Don… Read More


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Join Ben Pearl, an SFBBO science director, for an update on recent Western Snowy Plover conservation efforts in Eden Landing and other parts of Alameda County.

Register here.

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The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory's latest Birdy Hour presentation features Dr. Phred Benham, a UC Berkeley post-doctoral researcher, discussing how salt marsh sparrows survive in the harsh edge ecologies of coastal salt marsh, exposed to high salinity, daily coastal flooding, and increasing human pressures on coastal habitats.

The free talk is recommended for ages high school and up.

For… Read More


Map of study area. Credit: Brian Fulfrost & Associates
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Project consulting scientist Brian Fulfrost of Brian Fulfrost & Associates shared information on his latest effort to use satellite imagery to map South Bay habitats. His background information on the project:


Refuge wetlands. Credit: Cris Benton
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Watch the recording of this event.

Celebrate World Wetlands Day with us by learning about the largest wetland restoration project on the West Coast!

Interested in learning about the wetland restoration project happening here in the South Bay? Join the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project and San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society for an engaging and educational program featuring our Executive… Read More


Boardwalk by the Refuge Environmental Education Center
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The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1972, but this story starts 200 years earlier when Europeans discovered San Francisco Bay. Learn about the Bay’s history and the answers to mysteries such as: Why are mercury and gold a lethal duo? How did silver mining in Nevada affect the Bay? Why was Oscar the Grouch happier 60 years ago than today? Join docent Larry… Read More


Rail line through Drawbridge ghost town. Credit Cris Benton.
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Behind the peaceful Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and beautiful San Francisco Bay are many fascinating tales: the little rail vs. the big rail, the mouse with the mighty tail, the amazing mistake that led to the discovery of the Bay, the marsh named after Chicago, how the Bay was nearly destroyed (twice!), how three women saved the Bay, why the Refuge was created, and… Read More


Caspian tern chicks nestle by decoy at the Refuge
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The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory launches its Birdy Hour Speaker Series! This virtual Science Talk is free and family-friendly (recommended age: 5th grade & up). The talk by Dr. Alex Hartman of the U.S. Geological Society will focus on two recent successful social attraction projects at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge: the… Read More


California least terns and their eggs and nests
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Come join the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project team, and others in the 1st annual California Least Tern Habitat Enhancement event!

To help these beautiful and interesting birds, we will be removing old wood structures and weedy vegetation, installing decoys and sound systems, and building shelters for least tern chicks. These efforts will improve… Read More


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Sad to say, but the Mud Stomp has rightly been cancelled because of concerns about COVID-19 and the need for social distancing.

Please stay well and plan on joining us in 2021 or for other habitat enhancement events in the future.


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Interested in volunteering at the refuge? Come out for a Restoration Work Day celebrating Coastal Cleanup Day! We will be cleaning up trash along the entrance road into the refuge while learning about our habitats and wildlife. This is a great opportunity for middle school, high school, and college students to gain volunteer hours. Great for scout groups and families as well! All ages and skill… Read More


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Eden Landing (Hayward/Union City)


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Ravenswood (Menlo Park)

Our Nursery at the Ravenswood site needs some TLC. Come help us weed and do light maintenance work this Saturday. 

https://savesfbay.org/event/our-newest-nursery-needs-your-help-ravenswood-menlo-park/


Water Fowl Work Party
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Come help Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge prepare for the upcoming waterfowl hunting season by volunteering to clean up the hunting site and repair hunt blinds in the Alviso Pond area. We will meet on the levee between AB1 and A2E. Go to https://bit.ly/2vqmEas for more information and registration. Afterward, join us for an information meeting at the Environmental Education… Read More


Eden Landing Save the Bay
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Eden Landing has a beautiful view of Coyote Hills. Enjoy the view with Save The Bay while we give some tender love and care to our native transition zone plants. We will be weeding, mulching and watering our native plants. To sign up, go to https://savesfbay.org/event/join-us-eden-landing-restoration-site-hayward-union-city-2.


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The two best ways to celebrate summer: eat watermelon and give back to the planet! Save The Bay will be at our Ravenswood Nursery doing some weeding in our native plant beds. Join us then reward yourself with some delicious watermelon. To sign up, go to https://savesfbay.org/event/national-watermelon-day-ravenswood-nursery-menlo-park.


Don Edwards Environmental Education Center
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Docent Laurel Stell will talk and walk you through all things tides. What are they? How do they affect wildlife? How have humans reshaped the Bay’s tidal lands? Program starts indoors but will move outside for an easy 1-mile walk. All ages are welcome – bring your whole family. Reservations recommended. Go to: https://eectides2019.eventbrite.com. Questions? Call Hope at 408-262-5513 ext. 104.


Wheels and Wildlife Bike Tour
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Did you know you could ride your bike on the Refuge trails in Alviso? Join us for a bicycle tour around the levee. We will stop along the way to learn about the Refuge, the wildlife and habitats they use, the importance of Coyote Creek watershed, and the history of the area. The ride is 4.5 miles on a level trail, and there is no shade along the way. Must provide your own bikes, gear, and water… Read More


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Join us for a bike tour on the Mallard Slough Trail! We will stop along the way to learn about the refuge, the wildlife and habitats, the importance of Coyote Creek watershed, and the history of the area. The ride is 4.5 miles on a level trail, and there is no shade. Must provide your own bikes, gear, and water bottles. Helmets are required for children. Water and snacks will be provided at a… Read More


Ghost town Drawbridge, California, seen from train tracks passing over the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Dargaseay
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An abandoned town in the San Francisco Bay? That’s right! Nestled on an island in the salt marshes of South San Francisco Bay, the town of Drawbridge once boomed. Was it a quiet, peaceful town full of nature lovers, or people scrabbling out a living? How long did it exist? Find out at this program, led by Ceal Craig. We will start with a slideshow, and then take a short van excursion to view… Read More


Bike Ride Tour at Don Edwards SFB National Wildlife Refuge
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Join one of our Student Conservation Association interns, Haleigh, for a fun walk amongst the refuge habitats to discuss the geology of the area. We’ll learn about the geologic history of San Francisco Bay during a short presentation and then head outside for an interactive walk on our trails. The history of salt harvesting in the South Bay will be highlighted as we walk through the historic and… Read More


Equinox
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Eden Landing (Hayward/Union City)


Pacific Flyway
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Ravenswood SF2 Trail, Menlo Park


High School Stewards at Arastradero Preserve
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Interested in volunteering at the refuge? Come out for a Restoration Work Day! We will be working in the butterfly garden and surrounding trails. Work will include weeding, mulching, and planting native plants. This is a great opportunity for middle school, high school, and college students to gain volunteer hours. Great for scout groups and families as well. All ages and skill levels are welcome… Read More


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If you have an interest in wildlife and their conservation, enjoy working with people, and are enthusiastic and dependable, the Refuge's volunteer program is for you! As a volunteer, you'll receive on-the-job training from staff and other volunteers in the project area you choose. Project areas are restoration projects, information desk on weekends, interpretive programs, school field trips, and… Read More


Tiny Drifters in lab
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There’s plankton in our Bay! Learn about the different characteristics of plankton and how they have adapted to survive. We will become planktologists for a day, collect water samples and identify these incredible organisms under a microscope! Best suited for ages 7 and up. Register at Register http://eectinydrift.eventbrite.com or call 408-262-5513 ext. 102 for reservations.


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Look for birds, mammals, and animal tracks as we explore along the water’s edge on this 3.7-mile nature walk. Bring binoculars and your favorite field guide to help enjoy the views. Have at least one liter of water, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Rain cancels hike. Led by Steve Stolper, certified California Naturalist. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Go to https://hikeeectrail.eventbrite.com. Questions… Read More