Seasonal fencing to protect Western snowy plovers is now installed at Pacifica State Beach in Linda Mar. City of Pacifica teams from Public Works and Parks, Beaches, and Recreation, as well as volunteers from Pacifica Shorebird Alliance and Sequoia Audubon, worked together to install temporary symbolic fencing and signs.
Installed before the birds arrive in early fall and removed after they leave in late spring, this visual barrier makes it easy for people to walk around roosting snowy plovers, which are difficult to see. It is a standard tool for protection of shorebirds and has public acceptance at other Bay Area beaches and throughout California.
Protection of the Western snowy plover at Pacifica State Beach (Linda Mar) has been in process for several years. The symbolic fencing, educational materials, and some of the signage are made possible by a generous grant from the Audubon Society and administered by Sequoia Audubon and Pacifica Shorebird Alliance (PSA), a project of Pacfica's Environmental Family, a 501(c)(3) organization.
A Pacifican has generously donated a collection of some 200 foreign coins to the Pacifica Senior Services rummage sale, which we have sorted by country. We don't know if any of these coins are worth much more than face value, although many date from the 1950s and 1960s. We seek a coin hobbyist to examine these coins and identify those, if any, that could generate $5 or more through an eBay auction, in return for a percentage of the total net sales. Email email@example.com
Video I was going to use the headline "Food Fight at Pelican Bay" with apologies to the hundreds of squawking and hooting pelicans and other seabirds feasting on seafood (anchovies?) today at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach. Sorry about the background noise from the radio, but I think you can still hear the birdsong.
We know they’re out there: people who do exceptional things to protect, steward, and educate us about the natural world of the Bay Area, often without the recognition they deserve. Now’s your chance to change that and help us celebrate their great work!
Bay Nature is soliciting your help to identify three such individuals who deserve to be honored as “Local Heroes” for the Bay Area environment at our Annual Awards Dinner on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
The first step is to nominate your personal hero/oes and tell us a little bit about them. You can do that through our online form at baynature.org/awards. There are three award categories. You may nominate one person for each category.
1. Conservation Action This award goes to an individual who has made significant contributions to the conservation of the natural landscapes, watersheds, wildlife, and/or flora of the San Francisco Bay Area, through advocacy, legal action, acquisition, and/or stewardship.
2. Environmental Education This award recognizes the achievements of an individual who has made significant contributions to public understanding and awareness of the natural history and ecology of the San Francisco Bay Area, through research, teaching, field trips, journalism, film/video, and/or other media.
3. Youth Engagement This award goes to an individual 25 years old or younger, who is making significant contributions in the fields of natural history, stewardship of the natural world, conservation advocacy, and/or environmental education.
The award recipients will be honored at Bay Nature’s annual awards dinner in March 2015 and interviewed or profiled in an upcoming issue of Bay Nature magazine. The winner of the Youth Engagement Award also receives a cash gift of $250.
Feel free to share this invitation with other colleagues who may know of worthy nominees. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, September 30, 2014. The final selection of the award winners will be made by the staff and board of the Bay Nature Institute.
Thanks for helping us bring deserved recognition to the great work being done by dedicated individuals around the Bay region on behalf of our natural heritage. We look forward to seeing who you’ll nominate! (See below for a list of previous awardees.)
David Loeb, Executive Director
Past Bay Nature Local Hero Awardees
2011 Local Hero Awards (for Lifetime Achievement) • Conservation Action: Dr. Martin Griffin • Environmental Journalism: Harold Gilliam • Environmental Education: Dr. Doris Sloan (Note: In 2012, we combined categories 2 and 3, and added the Youth category.)
2012 Local Hero Awards • Conservation Action: Ellie Cohen, Executive Director, Point Blue Conservation Science • Environmental Education: Robin Grossinger, Director, Historical Ecology Project, San Francisco Estuary Institute • Youth Engagement: Sean FitzHoward, Founder, Protect the Bay Club, Lowell High School
2013 Local Hero Awards • Conservation Action: Seth Adams, Director of Land Programs, Save Mount Diablo • Environmental Education: Mia Monroe, park ranger/site supervisor, Golden Gate National Parks • Youth Engagement: Cindy Moreno, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy; WattzOn; Full Circle Farm
2014 Local Hero Awards • Conservation Action: Craig Anderson, Executive Director, LandPaths • Environmental Education: Liam O’Brien, lepidopterist/illustrator/activist • Youth Engagement: Cheyanna Washburn, Youth Programs Associate, John Muir National Historic Site
Bay Nature magazine and BayNature.org are projects of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Bay Nature Institute, which inspires people to explore, understand, and protect the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area.