Bay Area Naturalist Events Calendar
A compendium of bird walks, fungus forays, work parties, wildflower hikes, beach cleanups, exhibit openings, garden tours, wildlife festivals, star parties, ecology classes, science symposia, employment opportunities, and natural history lectures. Compiled by Patrick Schlemmer. If you have an event to list on the calendar, please submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is always good to confirm locations and times before heading out, as these sometimes change. This calendar is updated every day, so check back often!
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Fri., March 7 E.O. Wilson: Preserving Biodiversity Is an Ethical Imperative: http://links.email.scientificamerican.com/ctt?kn=61&ms=NDUxNjU1NzkS1&r=NTM5NzIzNTA1NgS2&b=2&j=MzgyNzI0OTM4S0&mt=1&rt=0.
Sun., March 9 BioBlitz: I Spy Marine Mammals! Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, 10 am.
Sun., March 9 The Science of Seasons – Help Document Climate Change! Become part of the scientific community and help scientists gather data on how the climate is changing. A presentation will be given about the importance of gathering data, how plants can be an indicator of climate change, and how to take measurements of Don Edwards Refuge plants to be uploaded onto the Nature's Notebook website. Over time, the information you provide can be used by refuge managers to manage land more effectively. To register for this free workshop, go to https://donedwardsphenology. eventbrite.com. Don Edwards Visitor Center, 11 am-12:30 pm.
Mon., March 10 Lecture: Animals and the Food System with Wayne Pacelle.
Mon., March 10 Greg King: The History of the Redwood Ecosystem and the Struggle to Save It. Greg King's talk traces the natural history of the redwood forest and its collision with Western humanity - topics covered in his upcoming book, The Ghost Forest. Clear-cutting their way through the last 2,000,000 acres of the primeval global redwood forest, 19th Century timber barons assured the public that it would take a thousand years to make a dent in such a vast resource. They were being disingenuous even back then. About five percent of the old-growth forest remains today. In 1987 Greg King, himself a descendant of pioneer lumbermen, discovered the last unprotected ancient redwood groves, and named them the Headwaters Forest. King led the struggle against Maxxam, the company bent on liquidating these last ancient trees. California Native Plant Society, Santa Cruz County chapter meeting. UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, Horticulture Building (1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064), 7:30 pm. For more information, go to www.cruzcnps.org/events.html. Free.
Tues., March 11 SPUR 2014 Good Government Awards honoring Lisa Wayne, Director, Natural Areas Program, Recreation and Park Department. Lisa Wayne was chosen for leading San Francisco's initiative to effectively manage and care for its 32 designated Natural Areas, which comprise 868 acres of parkland within the city. She has been the lead architect and visionary of the Recreation and Park Department's Natural Areas Program since 1997. Lisa developed the programmatic framework and recruited and hired 11 staff members, who now expertly steward these areas for the city and its residents. As part of her role, she has led efforts to restore and develop several urban trails, preserve and cultivate 10,000 native plants, create a large and loyal volunteer corps contributing $4.7 million in volunteer hours and develop the Significant Natural Resource Areas Management Plan, a highly detailed, peer-reviewed planning document to guide the management of the city's Natural Areas. Awards Ceremony & Cocktail Reception, San Francisco City Hall, North Light Court, 5:30 pm. Tickets are $150 each ($75 for city employees). For more information, go to https://app.etapestry.com/cart/SPUR/default/category.php?ref=1747.0.655906901.
Tues., March 11 Forgotten Reefs, Forgotten People: How Conservation in Micronesia May Be Key to Sustainable Oceans. Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley, Menlo Park, 6 pm.
Wed., March 12 New Insights Into the Anatomy, Evolution and Biology of Baleen Whales. Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, Tiburon, 3:30 pm. Free.
Wed., March 12 “Science Denialism,” a public talk by Dr. Eugenie Scott. RSVP at http://eugeniescott.bpt.me to reserve your seat and be issued a ticket to the lecture. Berkeley City College, 7 pm.
Thurs., March 13 For Goodness Snakes. Cambrian Branch Library, San Jose, 4 pm.
Thurs., March 13 River Otter Ecology Project. PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland. 6:30-8 pm. You can learn more about the ROEP at www.riverotterecology.org. RSVP to email@example.com. $10-$20 sliding scale donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Fri., March 14 Save a Spider Day.
Fri., March 14 Pi Day at the Exploratorium. This mathematical holiday was founded at the Exploratorium and is now celebrated by number lovers around the world. To honor our favorite never-ending number (and Einstein's birthday), we'll serve up pi-themed activities, rituals, antics, our annual march, plenty of pie, and more! Pi Day is a free day at the museum for the general public!
Fri., March 14 Snacking, Gorging, and Cannibalizing: The Feeding Habits of Black Holes. Peninsula Astronomical Society, Los Altos Hills, 7:30 pm. Free.
Sat., March 15 Presidio Birdlife on East Beach. Come see what birds hang around the Presidio in March and learn about our diverse birdlife on a moderate 2-mile walk. Meet ranger Will Elder in front of the Beach Hut located on East Beach on Crissy Field. 9:30 am. Reservations required; call (415) 561-4323.
Sat., March 15 Canyon Wildflower Hike on San Bruno Mountain. Hike through two beautiful canyons and learn about what makes this mountain special. Learn about San Bruno Mountain Watch's grassroots efforts over decades to preserve this treasure. You'll visit an Ohlone shellmound, learn common wildflowers and plants and perhaps glimpse a Mission Blue butterfly.This hike is led at a leisurely pace with plenty of time for discussion. The trails are narrow and sometimes steep, but have good footing. Dress for varied weather and wear long pants. This hike is led at a leisurely pace with plenty of time for discussion. The trails are narrow and sometimes steep, but have good footing. Dress for varied weather and wear long pants. Bring water and a snack or lunch. Dress for varied weather. Meet at 44 Visitacion Avenue Suite 206, Brisbane, CA 94005. 10 am-1:30 pm.
Sat., March 15 Shark Day. Marine Science Institute, Redwood City, 10 am.
Sat., March 15 Become a citizen scientist! Are you interested in plants? Volunteer for one or all team dates and learn native plant monitoring and habitat restoration. Bring your own gloves or borrow a pair of ours – tools are provided. Dress in layers and bring water and sunscreen. Be prepared to get dirty! Ages 9 and up. Participants 18 and under must be accompanied by a chaperone. Environmental Education Center, Alviso, 10 am-1 pm.
Sat., March 15 Come learn about sharks, our changing oceans, and how we are working to keep them healthy! The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is hosting an event about Ocean Biodiversity. There will be two speakers at this event: David McGuire-Swimming with Sharks: Cal Academy's ocean adventurer will show videos and tell stories about our local sharks and explain the importance of saving them. Greg Cotton-Local Harbors to the Arctic: Underwater photographer and marine biologist will share photos and stories from his field work, how we are making a difference, and our possible next steps. There will be snacks provided and opportunities to learn from our local environmental groups about the work they are doing. Oceana High School, 401 Paloma Ave, Pacifica CA 94044. 10 am-noon. You can learn more about the event here.
March 15-19 Zero Waste Week.
Sun., March 16 The Albatrosses of Midway: Ecology and Conservation of Pacific Ocean Wanderers. Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab, Santa Cruz, 1 pm. Free.
Mon., March 17 Patrick's Day.
Tues., March 18 You are invited to Santa Clara County WMA Weed Symposium Meeting. It will be held from 8 am-noon. R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tues., March 18 Restoring San Francisco Bay. SF Planning + Urban Research Assoc. (SPUR), San Francisco, 12:30 pm. Free.
Thurs., March 20 Stewardship Palooza. There's a thrill to acquiring land to be conserved in perpetuity. Working with a land owner to buy a property for conservation – whether for public use, mitigation or some kind of easement – involves deal making, time-pressured fundraising, and in some cases, press and publicity. There are acres, dollars, species and impacts to count, all of which make the acquisition measurable and rewarding. Then what? The land needs to managed and stewarded… and it's not as boring as that may sound. There are streams to rehabilitate, school groups to involve, histories to understand, and relationships to build. From large properties to day-lit urban creeks, rural landscapes to city parks, we need to collectively take care of the 1.3 million acres that we have protected in our 10 counties. Active and adaptive stewardship is critical and increasingly will be the focus of land conservation efforts in the Bay Area. Join us for a Stewardship-Palooza on March 20 to see the thrilling side of managing the land. We will learn from and interact with a host of innovative and exciting projects including projects from:
• Alameda County Resource Conservation District
• Amah Mutsun Land Trust
• Fish Friendly Farming
• Living Landscape Initiative
• Pepperwood Preserve 's TBC3 project
• Presidio Trust
• Urban Creeks Council
Facilitated by Lech Naumovich, Executive Director of Golden Hour Restoration Institute, this Gathering will be more Exploratorium than lecture with hands on exhibits and facilitated conversations. Who knows, maybe there will even be endangered species! The Stewardship-Palooza will be held from 10 am-1 pm at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, 2nd Floor, Berkeley. The program will run from 10 am-12 pm. A delicious lunch will be served at noon with plenty of time for talking with colleagues. Click here to register.
Thurs., March 20 The Extreme Life of the Sea: Amazing ways animals live in amazing parts of the ocean, with Stephen Palumbi. What are the fastest fish in the sea? The deepest species? The hottest, coldest, oldest? The strangest family lives? The oceans are filled with a huge diversity of life, and species manage to live in virtually all habitats. There is the deepsea stop light fish with red search lights for finding prey – that only it can see. There are ice fish with special proteins that keep ice out of their blood, and are now used to keep ice out of your ice cream. This is a talk for everyone who wants to know the secrets of the sea. It is about the familiar – where Nemo finds a mate – and the unfamiliar – how do squid fly? It is about the extreme life of the sea. Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco, 5:30 reception, 6:30-8 pm program. $10 includes reception.
Thurs., March 20 Miniature Marvels - Portraits in Biodiversity. Randall Museum, 7:30 pm. Free.
Thurs., March 20 First day of spring!
Sat., March 22 Expedition Elfin Butterfly Hike. 10 am-1 pm. Join Liam O'Brien, lepidopterist, in search of the San Bruno Elfin, one of three endangered butterflies on San Bruno Mountain and also one of its most elusive. The group will spend time at the summit and then walk west along the Ridge Trail. Bring water and snack or lunch. Dress for varied weather. Limited to 20 participants. You must sign up in advance. Email email@example.com or call the office at (415) 467-6631.
Sat., March 22 Cedar Waxwing Walk: Wiggle to Woods. 1-3 pm. Join Amber Hasselbring, director of Nature in the City, and Elizabeth Stampe, Walk SF's previous director, on a walk along the Cedar Waxwing route to envision what a "Green Connection" here will look like, and see projects that are already transforming the route from Market Street to Golden Gate Park. Green Connections is a 20-year city plan to create green, traffic-calmed streets that help people connect to parks. The plan includes 25 routes, each named for a special San Francisco species or natural habitat. We'll meet in front of Market Street Cycles at 1592 Market Street at Page, and head west to the Wiggle! A guest speaker from SFPUC (Public Utilities Commission) will share the latest on the agency's Wiggle Neighborhood Green Corridor project to add "rain gardens" along the streets here. We'll stop by the site of the Adah Bakalinsky Steps, a new Nature in the City project named for the the city's stairway-walk guru, and visit two wild oak woodlands right here in the city: one in Buena Vista Park and another in Golden Gate Park.
- Bring sunblock, water, and personal snacks
- Walk includes: sidewalks, stair-climbing, and paths
- Wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes
Carry rain gear and sun hat as needed - we'll go ahead rain or shine, barring high winds or dangerous weather condition.
Please arrive promptly by 1 pm to sign in. This walk is free for Walk SF and Nature in the City members, $10 for non-members. Optional end-up at Velo Rouge Cafe for a beer or snack after the walk!
Sat., March 22 A Jewel in the Sky. Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, 7:30 pm.
Sun., March 23 Ohlone in the Marshes – Staves Environmental Education Center, Alviso. Do you want to know more about the Native Americans that lived in the Bay Area before us? Come to the refuge to learn about some of the tools and games the Ohlone might have used. Play Ohlone games and take home your own customized staves. Best suited for ages 8 and up. 10:30 am-noon. Call (408) 262-5513 ext. 102 for reservations.
Sun., March 23 Please join us in celebrating three local environmental heroes, the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and Bay Nature at Bay Nature Institute's Annual Awards Dinner on Sunday, March 23 at Scott's Seafood, Jack London Square, Oakland. Our guest speaker will be Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, discussing the evolving concept of wilderness and its relevance to the Bay Area in the 21st century. Local Hero Awards will be presented to: Craig Anderson, executive director of LandPaths in Sonoma County; San Francisco-based butterfly expert and advocate Liam O'Brien; and Cheyanna Washburn, a recent graduate of Martinez' New Leaf Leadership Academy and Youth Programs Assistant at the John Muir National Historic Site. Get your tickets by March 10th! The “Local Hero” Awards honor three individuals making outstanding contributions to the understanding, protection, and stewardship of the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more about this year's Local Heroes and get more details about Bay Nature's Annual Awards Dinner.
March 24-28 This year is the 75th anniversary of San Jose State University's annual one-week course on Field Studies in Natural History in Death Valley. For more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/SJSU2014DV.
Tues., March 25 The West: An Intimate Look, with Ted Kipping. Potluck slide show at the County Fair Building, GG Park, 7 pm. For more information, contact Ted Kipping at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring your own plates and service and a dish and beverage to serve eight people.
Wed., March 26 Volunteer Opportunity: Alcatraz Waterbird Docent. Alcatraz is the site of a very large and important colony for several different egret, heron, and seabird species, including Western gulls. Also, the island is home to San Francisco Bay's only Brandt's cormorant colony and one of its most important black-crowned night-heron colonies. Alcatraz's rookeries are among the most accessible, offering visitors abundant opportunities to observe avian natural history up close. To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, 3 informal sessions are being held at GGNRA Headquarters, Fort Mason, Building 201:
March 26th, 2014 6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
April 5th, 2014 9:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
April 7th, 2014 6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
There is a mandatory training on April 12 th on Alcatraz from 8:15 am until 3 pm. For more information, contact Ed Ryken, Docent Coordinator, email@example.com (primary contact) or Victoria Seher, Alcatraz Biologist, Victoria_seher@nps.gov.
Thurs., March 27 Manatee Appreciation Day.
March 28-29 Golden Gate National Parks BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival. For more information, go to www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/projects/bioblitz/golden-gate-california-2014.
Sat., March 29 San Bruno Mountain Ecology Hike. Joe Cannon, Stewardship Director for SBMW, leads this interesting hike focusing on the ecology of San Bruno Mountain, as seen through the eyes of an experienced restoration ecologist. The trails are narrow and sometimes steep, but have good footing. Bring water and snack/lunch. Dress for varied weather. Limited to 15 participants - you MUST SIGN UP in advance at the online signup page, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 415-467-6631. Meet at 44 Visitacion Ave Suite 206, Brisbane, CA 94005. 10 am-1:30 pm.
Sat. Mar 29 Five Tools You Can Use to Find the Elusive Gray Fox. Visitor Center, Fremont, 2-3:30 pm. Do you sometimes see paw prints in mud or scat on the trails and assume that a dog left it? It could be from something else. Come along with me and I will show you how to distinguish and identify the markings of a gray fox. Gain some insights into the fox's nature and their behavior during the walk. By the time we are through, you will have a set of “tools” you can use to identify the presence of foxes in any area that you are in. Bring a hat, binoculars, and good walking shoes.
Sat., March 29 Join us for the Grand Opening Celebration of our brand new SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center. Our frog-filled extravaganza will commence at high noon with a two hour frogging expedition to find and photograph native amphibians in the Berkeley hills. All afternoon at the Education Center we will have presentations about California's native amphibians, local and global conservation issues, and the history and future of SAVE THE FROGS! There will be activities for kids, including origami frogs and frog art lessons. Our favorite frog art and photos will be framed and on display and available for donations. From 7:30 pm until late we will have amazing live music on an array of instruments from around the world. RSVP here. Free.
Sat., March 29 Mola Mola Soiree: A Science & Art Celebration of the Mysterious Mola mola. Featuring a Lecture by Mola mola expert Tierney Thys, Ph.D. at the Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco. The giant Mola mola, or ocean sunfish, resembles a floating flying saucer. This otherworldly creature basks at the surface to soak up the sun's rays, and munches on poisonous jellyfish! For over a decade, National Geographic Explorer, marine biologist Tierney Thys, Ph.D has been uncovering the secrets of the Mola mola – the world's largest bony fish. By tagging and tracking molas worldwide, she and her colleagues are discovering their movements, eating habits, and vulnerabilities. Come hear the latest research about these mysterious, peaceful, and utterly odd-shaped giants! Tickets $18 – includes two complimentary beverages. Choose 7:45 pm or 8:45 pm lecture. Contact Sara Heintzelman at email@example.com or (415) 561-6622 x237. For more information, go to www.farallones.org/events.
Sun., March 30 Native American Ways Hike. Noixium Berrios, naturalist and science educator, leads you to a hidden Ohlone Indian shellmound in Buckeye Canyon, on the north slope of San Bruno Mountain. Discover how the Ohlone lived and utilized the land. Learn about Native American storytelling and dancing, with hands-on demonstrations of tule technology. Bring water and snack/lunch. Dress for varied weather. The trails are narrow and sometimes steep, but have good footing. 44 Visitacion Avenue Suite 206, Brisbane. 10 am-2 pm. Limited to 14 participants. You must sign up in advance. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at (415) 467-6631. This special hike has a suggested donation of $10 per person.
through March 31 The California Academy of Sciences' BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition encourages photographers from around the world to contribute their work to the competition that will both celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it through the power of imagery. Chaired by award-winning photographer and Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers Suzi Eszterhas, this competition welcomes professional-level, high-caliber nature, wildlife and conservation images and is open to all photographers who aim to capture the beauty and fragility of the natural world through an artistic lens. Learn more…
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Thurs., April 3 Spotlight on Native Plants in the new Natural Sciences Gallery at Oakland Museum of California. The program will feature botanical aspects of the current gallery renovation project, which includes portraits of seven real places in California as seen through biological and cultural lenses. We will peek into the process of creating habitat dioramas, see how native plants contribute to the bigger story of California's great diversity and beauty, and see how our urban places are places of nature too. Mary Jo Sutton has been an exhibition planner for twenty plus years in the Bay Area. She was an exhibit designer for the California Academy of Sciences and is the former Director of Exhibits at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Everyone is welcome to attend membership meetings in the Recreation Room of the San Francisco County Fair Building (SFCFB) at 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park. 7:30 pm. Free.
Fri., April 4 World Rat Day.
Sat., April 5 San Francisco Nature Education field trips for April: www.sfnature.org/programs/calendar.html.
through April 6 Plant Identification Lectures and Docent Training at the Ruth Bancroft Garden.
Sun. Apr 6 Monster Bacteria & Other Suspicious Critters. Let's explore the salt marsh's hidden habitats! See monster bacteria, of which some love rotten eggs, and some make the air we breathe. Join Microbial Ecologist Dr. Wayne Lanier for a short hike where we will use field microscopes to dive down into a tiny world – an ecology hidden from view. Ages 8 to 80 and beyond! Call Aja at 262-5513 ext. 102 for reservations. Environmental Education Center, Alviso. 10 am-noon.
Tues., April 8 A Talk on Bird Feathers and Bones with David Lukas at the San Joaquin Audubon Chapter meeting. For more information, go to www.sanjoaquinaudubon.org/trips.htm.
Wed., April 9 Urban Farming & Urban Nature: Are We Competing or Cooperating? Co-sponsored by Shaping SF and Nature in the City. As urban dwellers, how do we decide what to do with our open spaces, our sidewalks, our school yards, our vacant lots? Do we use them to grow food, tend natives, allow wild spaces to exist? Amber Hasselbring of Nature in the City, Jay Rosenberg, formerly of Hayes Valley Farm, and others. Shaping SF (Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia, near 16th Street. 7:30 pm.
Thurs., April 10 iNaturalist.org: A Naturalist Lifestyle and the Root of Conservation. Ken-ichi Ueda is an avid naturalist with a background in both biology and software development. Ken-ichi developed iNaturalist while pursuing a Master's degree at the UC Berkeley School of Information in 2008 and continued to work on it in his spare time. Since 2011, Ken-ichi has been working full time as iNaturalist's lead developer. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 94114. 7:30-9 pm. For more information, go to www.sfns.org or contact Patrick Schlemmer at email@example.com or (415) 225-3830. Free and open to everyone.
April 11-12 Save Mount Diablo's annual BioBlitz will take place April 11-12 on Viera-North Peak, a dense chaparral parcel opened up by the September 2013 Morgan Fire. We hope to see fire-following flora such as golden eardrops, whispering bells, the elusive fire poppy, and threatened fauna such as the California red-legged frog and the Alameda whipsnake. We are also interested in the distribution of insects, arachnids, and birds and the presence of invasive species. You may participate in the entire event, and camp at our Wright Canyon property, or come either day. Please forward this information to fellow experts who would be interested in participating in the event. Contact Cindy Brittain at firstname.lastname@example.org for a flyer and registration form or RSVP to Jim Cartan at email@example.com or 925-947-3535. Hope you can participate in this rare opportunity to see natural fire recovery at work.
Sat., April 12 “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid, and Cuttlefishes” opens at Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Sat., April 12 Strawberry Hill Butterfly Habitat Restoration Project. Join us and help enhance Swallowtail butterfly habitat on Strawberry Hill! If you love your parks, and are looking for a meaningful and substantive way to make a positive difference, come on out and volunteer with the San Francisco Parks Alliance and the Recreation and Park Department! On the second Saturday of every month we'll enhance butterfly habitat on Strawberry Hill. We'll remove invasive weeds, and put in the native plant species that swallowtails and other butterflies need to thrive! In addition to enhancing habitat, volunteers will learn about the natural and cultural history of Strawberry Hill. We meet at the Stow Lake Boat House and get started at 10 am sharp.
Repeats every month on the second Saturday:
Saturday, April 12
Saturday, May 10
Sun., Apr 13 Life at the Bottom of the Food Chain. Wetlands microbes are often called “the lungs of the earth.” Explore the dynamics of microbial communities in LaRiviere Marsh ponds. Join microbiologist Wayne Lanier, PhD for a brief presentation; then a microscope hike to LaRiviere Marsh where we will sample and view the most ancient creatures on earth. See how they produce the oxygen we breathe and take up the carbon dioxide we produce. Discover how tides and salinity shape these vital communities. Easy short hiking level. Ages 9-90 years. Visitor Center, Fremont, 10 am-noon. Register at https://donedwardsfoodchain.eventbrite.com or call (510) 792-0222 ext. 362.
Mon., April 14 National Dolphin Day.
Thurs., April 17 Yerba Buena Island, Natural and Cultural History. Randall Museum, 7:30 pm. Free.
Sat., Apr 19 Earth Day Cleanup. Ravenswood Point, East Palo Alto. 9 am-noon. Help protect wildlife! Join the refuge and Save the Bay for our annual Earth Day Cleanup. For more information, call (510) 792-0222 ext. 141. Reservations are required. Please reserve your spot through www.savesfbay.org. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
April 19-27 National Park Week.
Tues., April 22 Extreme Weather & The Science of Superstorms. Heidi Cullen in conversation with Elizabeth Farnsworth. Nourse Theater, 7:30 pm. For tickets, call (415) 392-4400 or visit the City Box Office.
Tues., April 22 Springtime in the Smoky Mountains, with Bob Case. Potluck slide show at the County Fair Building, GG Park, 7 pm. For more information, contact Ted Kipping at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring your own plates and service and a dish and beverage to serve eight people.
Sat., Apr 26 Bay Bike Ride. Meet at the Visitor Center, Fremont. 10:30 am. Go on an 11-mile bike ride with docent Gregg Aronson along Marshlands Road and on the Shoreline Trail to observe birds and the occasional leopard shark! Pass through several habitat types along the way including salt marsh, salt pond, and the bay. The paved and dirt trails are almost flat and trail and hybrid bicycles highly recommended. Helmets are required. Recommended for more experienced bicyclists. Program cancels if it rains the day before and the day of due to mud. Register at https://donedwardsbike.eventbrite.com or call (510) 792-0222 ext. 362 for reservations.
Sat., April 26 Save The Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. On Save The Frogs Day 2013 our supporters held 270 events in at least 30 countries, directly reaching over 17,000 participants. Please get involved and help spread the word so we can make Save The Frogs Day 2014 even more successful! Only a small proportion of the public is aware that frogs are disappearing, and amphibian conservation efforts will not be successful with an un-informed public. Our goal is to make the amphibian extinction crisis common knowledge, and Save The Frogs Day is our best way to make this happen! Learn all about Save The Frogs Day and how YOU can get involved at www.savethefrogs.com/day.
Sat., April 26 20th Annual Bowl-the-Planet Party and Silent Auction! Enjoy an evening of bowling, raffles, gold pin prizes, all–you-can-eat pizza and silent bidding auction on 100+ exclusive items! Classic Bowling Center in Daly City, 5-8 pm. For details, visit http://bowltheplanet.org.
Sun., April 27 National Crow and Raven Day.
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Fri., May 2 International Migratory Bird Day.
Fri., May 16 Endangered Species Day.
Thurs., May 22 International Day for Biological Diversity.
Tues., May 27 Flowers of Lebanon, with Nisrine Machaka-Houri. Potluck slide show at the County Fair Building, GG Park, 7 pm. For more information, contact Ted Kipping at email@example.com. Please bring your own plates and service and a dish and beverage to serve eight people.
Sat., May 31 Fossils and Flumes. Environmental Education Center, Alviso. 11 am-12:30 pm. Fossils and flumes are used to teach children about the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. Park Ranger Jose Garcia brings fossils from Triassic wetlands he collected in eastern Montana to show the similarities to today's wetlands, and to explain their function in nature. Interactive flumes allow for a hands-on experience of how wetlands protect the surrounding area from flooding. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call (510) 792-0222 ext. 141 for reservations.
Sat., May 31 SkeptiCal 2014, Oakland.
Sat., May 31 World Parrot Day.
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Wed, June 4 Cucurbits of California, with Kipp McMichael. Everyone is welcome to attend Native Plant Society membership meetings in the Recreation Room of the San Francisco County Fair Building (SFCFB) at 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park. 7:30 pm Free.
June 6-8 The Lives of Birds: Yosemite Valley (3-day class) with David Lukas. For more information, go to www.yosemiteconservancy.org/outdoor-adventures/lives-birds-yosemite-valley.
Sun., June 8 World Oceans Day.
Mon., June 9 Science & Scripture: Inside the Vatican Observatory. Father George Coyne, former Director of the Vatican Observatory, in conversation with Ryan Wyatt. Nourse Theater, 7:30 pm. For tickets, call (415) 392-4400 or visit the City Box Office.
Thurs., June 12 The Borneo Project. Brihannala Morgan speak about the wonder of the island of Borneo -- its wildlife, its lands and its people. In addition to the history of the Project itself, Brihannala will also discuss the unique model of the Borneo Project and what the Project does to support rainforest communities on-the-ground in Borneo in their fight against encroaching development and mega-dams. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 94114. 7:30-9 pm. For more information, go to www.sfns.org or contact Patrick Schlemmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 225-3830. Free and open to everyone.
Fri., June 13 International Pigeon Day.
Wed., June 18 Day of the Condor.
June 22-27 Natural History of the Lakes Basin (5-day class) with David Lukas at the SFSU Sierra Nevada Field Campus. For more information, go to www.sfsu.edu/~sierra/Courses.html.
Tues., June 24 The Southern Ocean, with Buff and Gerald Corsi. Potluck slide show at the County Fair Building, GG Park, 7 pm. For more information, contact Ted Kipping at email@example.com. Please bring your own plates and service and a dish and beverage to serve eight people.
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Wed., July 16 World Snake Day.
July 18-20 Sierra Nevada Natural History. Three day Yosemite Conservancy class with David Lukas. For more information, go to
Tues., July 22 Al Life Devoted to Beauty, with Jack Halpern and Ted Kipping. Potluck slide show at the County Fair Building, GG Park, 7 pm. For more information, contact Ted Kipping at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring your own plates and service and a dish and beverage to serve eight people.
July 26-Aug. 5 Ants of the Southwest. This workshop is designed for students, biologists, and other individuals who have some background in biology at the college level. This course is designed with curriculum that complements rather than competes with the California Academy of Sciences Ant Course. Although we will cover basic taxonomy and systematics, the major focus of this course will be on the ecology and behavior of ants. For the full announcement click here http://research.amnh.org/swrs/ants-southwest.
Tues., July 29 Global Tiger Day.
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Tues., Aug. 26 Symphonies in Chartreuse, with Ted Kipping. Potluck slide show. County Fair Building, GG Park, 7 pm. For more information, contact Ted Kipping at email@example.com. Please bring your own plates and service and a dish and beverage to serve eight people.
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