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.
How about the city taking over this gateway property and opening a proper visitor center with its own parking lot and offering tourist information, beach parking passes, trail guides, bike and surfboard and kayak rentals, maps to the stars' homes. So many possibilities. Take a hint from Half Moon Bay, Princeton, Monterey. Come on, Jim Heldberg, how about moving those Segways up to the highway!
We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for Connect14, our annual technology in government conference – which Facebook has graciously agreed to host. Join us on Wednesday, September 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for this groundbreaking conference!
Connect14 is our second annual citizen engagement and social media conference designed to encourage the leaders of San Mateo County, in the heart of Silicon Valley, to embrace technology and social media for the purpose of increasing public participation and involvement in government.
The focus of this year's conference is the communities that will be strengthened by use of technology, including local government, schools, nonprofits, and constituents these communities impact.
We have planned an exciting day, with presentations by thought leaders in both the private and public sector. Please visit www.connectsmc.org to register and review the day. As seating is limited to the first 150 who sign up, we recommend you register soon to ensure a spot.
If you were not able to join us last year, or would like to review last year’s event, we have archived the Connect13 material with embedded PenTV videos on our website. If you have any questions about Connect14, please contact either of our offices. We look forward to seeing you at Connect14!
Margaret Goodale's update to the original post (see below):
"I telephoned the RWQCB representative dealing with Caltrans this morning. He emailed me the following information:
'I talked with Caltrans staff today after you and I talked on the phone and they are confident that there was not a fuel spill or any other type of construction related activity that would have caused an "oil slick" in the project area as noted on Pacifica Riptide. Caltrans is required to notify the Water Board of any construction related discharges to waters or wetlands within 24 hours for this project. Since there isn’t sufficient information or photos showing the 'oil slick' from the complainant, it seems any sheen in the water was likely naturally occurring. As we discussed, if you or anyone observing the project notices water quality or wildlife issues, please contact me via email or at the phone number below. If photos and documentation can be provided showing evidence of water quality or wildlife related problems, they greatly help in evaluating if the project is out of compliance with permits or regulations.'
Stan and I also went out to the creek and tracked down two young biological monitors this afternoon. They represent two different companies contracted by Caltrans to monitor and were happy to talk with us. Neither had seen any oil or other contaminant spilled, but independently spoke of biofilms with slimy surfaces that could easily be mistaken for oil, apparently a fairly common occurrence when wetlands are dredged. Both believed they would have been aware of any oil spill."
Original Post: Waterfowl Cry Foul!
At San Pedro Creek bridge in the past few days, in the midst of Caltrans' cleanup of the marshy area where the creek spills into the ocean, a huge oil slick can be seen from the pedestrian walkway. Disgusting. Thought you might be in a position to ruffle some feathers about this. I'm guessing the ducks and other waterfowl that made the marsh their home are pretty ruffled about now. (Eyewitness news reported by Riptide reader "Aich")