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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


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


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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/


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.


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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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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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


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.


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


Equinox
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Eden Landing (Hayward/Union City)


Save the Bay
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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.


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


Pacific Flyway
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Ravenswood SF2 Trail, 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.


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


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


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


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


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


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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


Refuge wetlands. Credit: Cris Benton
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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 Project Manager, Dave Halsing.


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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


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Eden Landing (Hayward/Union City)