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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Wed., Nov. 27 The Commission for Environmental Cooperation announces the launch of its online library of green building resources featuring close to 400 publications, databases and articles. Visit www.cec.org/gblibrary to access news and analysis of green building construction in the North American region and beyond: from green policy initiatives and financing models, to training materials and integrated design approaches.
Fri., Nov. 29 Starting last summer, sea stars along the west coast from Alaska to Southern California have been dying – due to what scientists are calling “wasting syndrome.” The stars first begin to wither and then disintegrate -- this is quickly wiping out sea star populations along the west coast. As reports continue to become more frequent and widespread, LiMPETS students have mobilized. This November, students are counting stars within permanent plots at our LiMPETS sites along the coast. Based on our student surveys, it appears that the disease has already decimated populations near Half Moon Bay and elsewhere. More broadly, our student efforts are helping to inform a centralized effort led by UC Santa Cruz to track the extent of the disease. For more information, visit the UC Santa Cruz Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Network website.
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Thurs., Dec. 5 Using preferred whale habitat and dynamic management to reduce the risk of lethal ship strikes in national marine sanctuaries. Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes Station, noon. Free.
Thurs., Dec. 5 Comet Talk. Lockheed Martin Colloquia, Palo Alto, 4 pm.
Thurs., Dec. 5 Saving America's Bald Eagle. Veterans Building, Sonoma, 7 pm.
Fri., Dec. 6 Help SAVE THE FROGS! win $20,000: please vote and spread the word! SAVE THE FROGS! is in the running for the $20,000 Grand Prize in the Sungevity Gives Back Contest . We have been alternating between 1st and 2nd place and it is a very tight race. We need your help to win! Please vote at www.savethefrogs.com/vote.
Fri., Dec. 6 'Tis the season to enjoy the San Francisco Zoo at night under magical holiday lights. Come take a moonlight meander through the Zoo as it sparkles with cheer: Make your way from Entry Village Plaza to the newly renovated Elinor Friend Playground for some magical playtime under the stars. See the reindeer romp, enjoy hot apple cider and cocoa, and enjoy the holiday cheer as you stroll through select areas of the Zoo during this wonderful event. Dates and times: December 6, 7, 13, 14; 4-6 pm.; December 20-30; 4:30-8 pm. (no Zoo Lights on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
Sat., Dec. 7 The Ninth Annual Berkeley River Restoration Symposium. The symposium is free but advance registration is required to receive a copy of the program/abstracts and refreshments. Online registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12DbQIUhLfTYXU45QTpT5WcXUy19rjoqiWiSFVpFK9tY/viewform. 112 Wurster Hall, University of California, Berkeley, 9 am-4 pm. Questions: email@example.com.
Sat., Dec. 7 Birding for Everyone at SF Botanical Garden (map), 10 am-noon. A naturalist will lead a hike through the exciting microhabitats of the SF Botanical Garden and spot a variety of local and migratory birds. Meet near the bookstore inside the main gate of the SF Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park (MLK Drive near 9th Ave. at Lincoln). Adults $10, children free, no one turned away. Free field journal provided to children. Please bring binoculars if you have them, and a pencil for recording bird sightings. More information at: http://sfnature?.org/programs/b?fe.html.
Sat., Dec. 7 The Hidden Garden Steps project will host a block party and grand opening celebration on Saturday, December 7 from noon-4 pm. The festivities start with a pot luck lunch at noon, and a ribbon cutting at 1 pm. Come join the fun on 16th Ave between Judah and Kirkham Streets!
Sat., Dec. 7 Buckeye / Owl Canyon Hike. Meet at the San Bruno Mountain Watch office at 10 am. Hikes go until about 1:30 pm. More Information…
Sat., Dec. 7 Is it time to daylight Yosemite Creek? Nature in the City thinks so! Join the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and view design concepts based on your initial input for the periphery of McLaren Park. Provide feedback on proposed alternatives, learn more about green infrastructure and tell us what else you'd like to see! All Nations Lutheran Church, 465 Woosley Street, noon-3 pm.
Sat., Dec. 7 Star Party. Joseph D. Grant Ranch, San Jose, 5:30 pm.
Sun., Dec. 8 Fungus Fair! San Francisco County Fair Building, San Francisco, 10 am.
Mon., Dec. 9 Kenneth Brower and Malcolm Margolin in Conversation: 100 Years Later – Can Hetch Hetchy Come Back? On Dec. 9, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that allowed the San Francisco to drown Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park. Exactly a century later, join noted conservationists Ken Brower and Malcolm Margolin for a conversation on the battle that broke John Muir's heart, the engineering marvels of the dam, and how the splendid glacial valley could flourish again. Ken, oldest son of David Brower, is the author of books including The Starship and the Canoe, The Wildness Within, and, most recently, Hetch Hetchy: Undoing a Great California Mistake. Margolin's nonprofit Heyday Books has published hundreds of books on California ecology, cultures, and art. He also has authored many books, including The Ohlone Way. Refreshments 7 pm, talk promptly at 7:30 pm. Edith Stone Room, Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin (at Masonic) Albany. Fall schedule of Bay Currents talks, presented by Friends of Five Creeks, at www.fivecreeks.org/baycurrents/Fall13Flyer.pdf. Free.
Tues., Dec. 10 The 2014 Jepson Herbarium Workshop schedule is now available. Join us for our 20th season as we explore California's diverse natural history. Public registration begins December 10. For more information, go to the workshop homepage.
Tues., Dec. 10 San Francisco Botanical Garden Society presents Rainforest Medicine: Preserving Indigenous Science and Biodiversity in the Upper Amazon. Come listen to stories of the Amazon rainforest and learn about native healing practices with ethnobotanist Jonathon Sparrow Miller-Weisberger and illustrator Thomas Wang. SF County Fair Building Auditorium, 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, 6-8 pm. Free. Books will be available for purchase and signing by Jonathon.
Dec. 10-15 Birding the Central Valley with Michael Ellis. The return of the waterfowl to California's Great Central Valley has been described as one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, and it happens every winter. We'll visit the famous Gray Lodge Refuge to see thousands of Snow Geese joining Canada and White-fronted Geese. Around the defunct volcanic Sutter Buttes we'll see aerial displays of the sandhill cranes and tundra swans. We'll hike around the Colusa Wildlife Refuge and then to the Sacramento Refuge for more avian delights - ruddy ducks, pintails, shovelers, bitterns, night herons, mallards, harriers, rough-legged hawks, gallinules et al. Not only will we learn how to identify these birds, but also we'll learn about their evolution, behavior and physiology. For more information, go to www.footlooseforays.com. $290.
Wed., Dec. 11 Tree Frog Treks Great Cookie Exchange. Join Mr. Science and TFT Naturalists on Wednesday, December 11th, and bring some cookies to exchange! Meet our Animal Ambassadors and enjoy some delicious holiday desserts! The Great Cookie Exchange will be held from 5-9 pm at Frog Hall, 2114 Hayes Street. See you there!
Thurs., Dec. 12 The botany graduate students at San Francisco State University will lead the plant ID workshops on the second Thursday of each month. San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, Hensill Hall, Botany Lab, Room 440. 6-7:30 pm. Please join us for a fun time keying plants and learning plant terminology in a relaxed atmosphere. If you have the new edition of the Jepson Manual, bring that along or Plants of the San Francisco Bay Region: Mendocino to Monterey (revised edition), and a hand lens. If you have any further questions, please email Mila Stroganoff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
through Dec. 13 In Nature's Temple: Early California Art & Ecology. On display Aug. 26-Dec. 13, 2013. "In Nature's Temple" presents the ideas of John Muir alongside the works of three California art icons--painter William Keith and photographers Carleton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge--to examine the place of the Yosemite Valley and Sierra in the American art and environmental movements. Curated by founding director, Fr. Thomas Lucas, SJ. For tours and additional events, visit the Thacher Gallery website. USF's Thacher Gallery, Gleeson Library. Open to the public daily noon to 8 pm.
Sat., Dec. 14 Volunteer in the Coast Live Oak Woodlands on the s econd Saturday of every month at 10 am. Contact Rob Bakewell, Friends of Oak Woodlands Golden Gate Park, for more information.
Sat., Dec. 14 The Golden Hour Restoration Institute is partnering with the San Francisco Rec and Parks Department and US Fish and Wildlife Service on an exciting project that will help restore federally threatened Mission Blue butterfly (Aricia icarioides missionensis) habitat. We have created a management program from years of research and stewardship projects which have allowed us to better understand how the butterfly can survive successfully in a constrained urban habitat. We will talk about restoration and habitat throughout the workdays. Workdays are on the second Saturday's of most months from 9:45 am until 12:45 pm. We will take on a number of different tasks critical for enhancing and restoring Mission Blue habitat. Get more info on the stewardship and restoration work for the butterfly:
Sat., Dec. 14 Adapting to Rising Tides Series: The New Normal? Saving the Shoreline. We are in uncharted waters as we look at the history of saving the bay and discuss our future of shoreline stewardship. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward, CA 94545. 10 am-noon. For more information, visit www.haywardrec.org/hayshore.html. $36 per person.
Sat., Dec. 14 Children and parents are invited to check out the antics of cute and cool shorebirds who are currently spending the winter in California! Join Lew Lew Lion, Taj "Mr. Wolf" and Tony "Hawk" for a birding trip to Oakland's Middle Harbor Shoreline Park on December 14th for a relaxing afternoon walk as we look at the many species of birds dabbling, diving and flying on the beautifully restored bay shoreline! Snacks, hot chocolate and other belly-warming beverages will be served as we take in the sunset over San Francisco. Tree Frog Treks will also be providing binoculars! Click here for more information!
Sat., Dec. 14 Get the Gift that Keeps on Giving. What gift is that? The gift of becoming a birder! As fall turns into winter at the shoreline, thousands of birds arrive to spend the next four months resting and feeding. We rarely leave this area without seeing fun and cool birds like Great Blue Herons, Northern Pintails, and Black-bellied Plovers. Meet at the Grant Ave. trailhead in San Lorenzo. Ages 12 and up. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, noon-3 pm. For more information, visit www.haywardrec.org.hayshore.html. $5.
Sat., Dec. 14 Paddling the Festival of Lights. Encounter seals as the sun sets, seabirds on the shore. Gaze at shimmering lights festooning the local fishing fleet. Pillar Point's annual Harbor Lights Ceremony was never so enticing – how better to launch your holiday season? First time and experienced kayakers welcome. 4-7 pm. Registration required and space is limited. Contact Erica Warren at (415) 561-6622 x232 or email@example.com. $60.
Sat., Dec. 14 Butterfly volunteers: Meet at 10 am on the second Saturday of each month at the Stow Lake boathouse in Golden Gate Park. For more information, contact Julia Brashears of the San Francisco Parks Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wed., Dec. 18 Join Prof. Lynn Cominsky, Chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department at Sonoma State University, for an intriguing talk on NuSTAR's Extreme Universe. NuSTAR is NASA's newest eye on the X-ray sky, focusing X-rays at higher energies than the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Since launch in June 2012, NuSTAR has been uncovering black holes hidden deep within gaseous galaxies, including studies of the black hole at the center of our own Milky Way. It has also mapped out elements from supernovae, revealing details of the processes that create the “starstuff” from which we are made. In this talk, Prof. Cominsky will explain the technological advances that made the NuSTAR mission possible, and will present several of its latest scientific discoveries. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, 7:30 pm. Free.
Sat., Dec. 21 Shellmound Hike. Meet at the San Bruno Mountain Watch office at 10 am. Hikes go until about 1:30 pm. More information...
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Sat., Jan. 4 Birding for Kids and Families! Meet near the bookstore inside the main gate of the SF Botanical Garden (map), 10 am-11:30 am, for a leisurely walk to learn about local birds. Free field journal for children, $10 per family. More details…
Sun., Jan. 5 National Bird Day.
Fri., Jan. 10 Save the Eagles Day.
Mon., Jan. 13 International Duck Day.
Thurs., Jan. 16 Appreciate a Dragon Day.
Sat., Jan. 18 Second Annual Trip to the Central Valley in Search of Cranes. Last year we explored this preserve and found more than 50 species of birds including beautiful and bewitching Sandhill Cranes and hundreds of striking Snow Geese. We will meet again at the Cosumnes River Preserve's Visitor Center located northwest of Lodi. Description and map can be found at www.cosumnes.org. Space is limited, so you must pre-register to attend. For those who would like to carpool we will meet at the HARD District Office parking lot at 1099 E St. in Hayward. Ages 12 and up. 1-4 pm. For more information, visit www.haywardrec.org.hayshore.html. $20.
Sat., Jan. 18 Wildlife SAR Training. Our one-of-a-kind Wildlife SAR class covers human safety, animal capture strategies and equipment, wildlife handling and restraint techniques, basic wildlife first aid, and an introduction to reuniting and wild-fostering of healthy young. This course is recommended for animal control officers, park rangers, game wardens, and anyone interested in rescuing wildlife.
January 18th at the Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710. 9 am-5 pm.
January 25th at the Elkhorn Yacht Club, 2370 California 1, Moss Landing, CA 95039. 9 am-5 pm.
Suggested Reading: Wildlife Search and Rescue available on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Wildlife-Search-Rescue-Guide-Responders/dp/0470655119. Sign up for the class here. $60.
Mon., Jan. 20 Penguin Awareness Day.
Tues., Jan. 21 Squirrel Appreciation Day.
Thurs., Jan. 23 Fog and the Future of Redwoods. Join Redwood ecologist Emily Burns for a presentation how climate change is affecting the growth of our ancient redwood forests. From less fog to warmer weather, see how the tallest and largest trees on Earth are responding to today's novel climate. Randall Museum Theater, 7:30 pm. For more information, go to www.randallmuseum.org. Free.
Sat., Jan. 25 Ocean Beach Cleanup. Meet on the beach at the end of Noriega at noon. Supplies and refreshments provided. Optional visit to the Park Chalet afterwards! Heavy rain cancels. For more information, contact Patrick at email@example.com or (415) 225-3830. Free.
Fri., Jan. 31 International Zebra Day.
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Sat., Feb. 1 Serpent Day.
Sun., Feb. 2 World Wetlands Day.
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March 28-29 The National Geographic Society and the National Park Service are teaming up to conduct a BioBlitz in the Golden Gate National Parks on March 28–29, 2014. We are currently recruiting taxonomists, field biologists and naturalists to participate in the Golden Gate BioBlitz, and we invite you to join us! BioBlitz is an all-taxa species inventory in which teams of volunteers, each led by an expert scientist, find and identify as many species as possible within a 24-hour period. One of the most exciting aspects of the BioBlitz is the rare opportunity for scientists to take collections in a national park. In addition, the BioBlitz is a chance to create broader impacts through public outreach, science education and media coverage of this scientific endeavor. More details about the event and the park are in the attached FAQs and map. We have also attached a save the date card that you are welcome to share with colleagues, graduate students and others who might be interested. If you are interested in participating in the BioBlitz, or would like more information, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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through April 6 Plant Identification Lectures and Docent Training at the Ruth Bancroft Garden.
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