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National Fishing & Boating Week • June 4 - 12, 2016

National Fishing & Boating Week - June 4 - 12, 2016

Learn how to fish on the Dumbarton Fishing Pier in Fremont!

Saturday, June 4, 2016 9:00 a.m. – noon

Have you ever wanted to try fishing but didn’t know how to begin? Learn the fundamental basics of catch-and- release fishing at the Dumbarton fishing pier! Discover the types of wildlife living in the San Francisco Bay, learn the safety and ethics of fishing, and then try your luck out on the pier with our fishing poles.

This event is free! Space is limited to 50 people. All equipment will be provided. Please come on time. Register at or call 510-792-0222 ext. 362 for reservations.

Volunteer Opportunities: Summer 2016

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Opportunities: Summer 2016 at the Environmental Education Center (Alviso, California).

If you have an interest in wildlife and their conservation, enjoy working with people, and are enthusiastic and dependable, the Environmental Education Center’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 citizen science/community service.

Prior to volunteering at the Environmental Education Center, you must attend a Volunteer Orientation. You can also attend the orientation just to see what opportunities there are, and if it is the right fit for you.

An Adventure-a-thon to Protect the Tuolumne River

Explore the Tuolumne River watershed by land and by river this summer, 2016 while raising funds and awareness for river stewardship and restoration.

The Tuolumne River Trust hosts rafting, backpacking, canoeing, cycling, kayaking and fly fishing adventures.


At Farallon Islands, man meets nature, on nature's terms

The Farallon Islands, part of San Francisco, are home to the largest colony of nesting seabirds in the contiguous United States. Credit Joshua Hull/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Farallon Islands, part of San Francisco, are home to the largest colony of nesting seabirds in the contiguous United States. Credit Joshua Hull/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bonnie Tsui writes in today's New York Times Sunday Travel section:

San Francisco these days doesn’t feel so wild to me, but then I step off its shores and head out into the bay. I think about how stunning it must have been when explorers first arrived at its mouth. People commute mindlessly over the Golden Gate Bridge day after day without realizing that whales, sea lions, seals and harbor porpoises congregate here still. Venture a little farther out from shore, to the Farallon Islands, and you get a sense of what it was like to truly feel wild, remote, at sea.

California 2016-2017 Duck Stamp Art Contest

Lesser snow goose at the Salton Sea, California. Photo by Alan Vernon courtesy Wikipedia.

Lesser snow goose at the Salton Sea, California. Photo by Alan Vernon courtesy Wikipedia.

Artists are invited to submit their original artwork to the 2016-2017 California Duck Stamp Art Contest. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will accept submissions from May 13 through June 13.

The contest is open to U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older as of March 4, 2016. Entrants need not reside in California.

The winning artwork will be reproduced on the 2016-2017 California Duck Stamp. The top submissions will also be showcased at the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association’s art show in July.

The artwork must depict the species selected by the California Fish and Game Commission, which for the 2016-2017 hunting season is the lesser snow goose.

National River Cleanup Day • May 21 2016, 9am – 12pm

Saturday, May 21, 2016 is National River Cleanup Day. Come help out with litter collection as we join others around the world in an effort to keep our rivers clean. Together with other concerned citizens, we’ll pick up trash and tidy up a local body of water. Come with a hat, sunscreen, and a great attitude, and we’ll provide the rest.

California Coastal Commission’s Explore the Coast program funding

by Ceal Craig

The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society would like to thank the California Coastal Commission’s Explore the Coast program for funding a $50,000 grant to bring more school children from low-income areas to the San Francisco Bay coast to participate in our environmental education programs!

2nd Annual Tuolumne River Film and Culture Fest • May 9 2016, 6:30pm - 9pm

Celebrating water, culture and community, this year's theme is "A river lost, a river saved, and the battles to come."

Details at Tickets:
Date: Monday, May 9, 6:30-9:00pm
Location: Menlo Atherton Center for the Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton

Mama Birds in the Marsh Festival

The eggs have hatched! Let’s celebrate the new mamas! Come with your family to experience the refuge for FREE guided bird walks, a live bird show, crafts for mom, and games.

Spread your wings for bird conservation as you get up close and personal with live refuge wildlife and their habitats.

Fun for the whole family, especially mom!

No reservations necessary. For more information call 408-262-5513.

Environmental Education Center, Alviso
1751 Grand Blvd, Alviso CA 95002
Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Great Race for Saving Water

A 5K fun run and walk hosted by the City of Palo Alto, TRT and others to raise awareness about water resources and conservation. This family-friendly race and community Earth Day festival is a fun, healthy way to celebrate the environment and our precious natural resources.

Join fellow community members at the scenic Baylands for some outdoor recreation, prizes, goodies, and a chance to catch the “running toilet!”

Saturday, April 30, 9:00am
Location: Palo Alto Baylands Athletic Center, 1900 Geng Road, Palo Alto