San Francisco Bay Joint Venture – Bulletin

      

 

SAN FRANCISCO BAY JOINT VENTURE BULLETIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

BIG thanks to

Richard Seagraves

and

 Inspiration Campaign

for all the great photos taken at this year’s State of the Estuary conference!

 

 

March 6, 2014  

 

 

SPOTLIGHTS

 

Next podcast posted in our latest series …
What is the role of sediment?  

Join our guest Brenda Goeden, Sediment Program Manager with the San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission, as she discusses what sediment is and how wetland restoration projects like the one at Hamilton are using it to help build marshes.   

You’ll find all of our podcasts at www.yourwetlands.org.

 

   

 

HAPPY 80th 
FEDERAL DUCK STAMP PROGRAM!

March 16, 2014, marks the 80th anniversary of the Duck Stamp.  The Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act was signed into law by Franklin Delano Roosevelt on this date in 1934, requiring all waterfowl hunters over 16 to purchase an annual stamp.  Since then, more than 6 million acres of wetlands – an area the size of Vermont – have been protected through expenditures of more than $750 million.  The stamps, now being called the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation stamp, are not only beautiful, but offer an opportunity for everyone who wants to protect habitat for waterfowl and wildlife a chance to make a difference.  The 2013 stamp is on sale through June and can be ordered online.  For a compelling story of the history of the stamp check out this article in Wingtips – Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck stamp.
 

 

BAY NATURE ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

Have you reserved your spot to attend this annual event which takes place on March 23, from 6-9 at Scott’s Seafood in downtown Oakland?   A silent auction will benefit the Bay Institute and this year’s 3 “Local Heroes” will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the understanding, protection and stewardship of the natural world in our beloved Bay Area!  Sign up here!

 

 

 

GRANTS – with deadlines

 

Deadline March 10:   Alameda County Fish & Game Propagation Fund

The Alameda County Fish and Game Propagation Fund is primarily supported by fine revenues and restitution monies which result from violations of the Fish and Game Code and other civil and criminal violations of environmental laws. Expenditures made from the Fund must benefit the fish and wildlife resources of the County. The maximum amount of $3000 may be granted to any one applicant.  The Fish and Game Commission strongly encourages applications relating to activities to protect and conserve fish and wildlife, including improvement of fish and wildlife habitat, public education about fish and wildlife conservation, and scientific fish and wildlife research in Alameda County.  more…

Deadline March 17:   Clean Water Program, Anti-litter School Outreach

The Clean Water Program is inviting proposals from educational organizations for outreach projects in Alameda County schools for school years 2014/15 through 2017/18 (four years of services). Projects must be designed to help K-12 students and teachers understand the connection between storm drains and local creeks, wetlands and the Bay, and to encourage stormwater pollution prevention, with a strong emphasis on litter reduction.  more

Deadline April 1Wetland Program Development Grants – FY14 Region 9

Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct and promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. All proposals submitted under this RFP must be for projects that build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs.  It is anticipated that approximately 5 to 15 total awards will be made under this announcement. Each award will likely range from $50,000 to $350,000 in federal funds.  more

Deadline April 10:  Clean Water Program 2014 Community Stewardship Grants
These grants are designed to facilitate community-based actions that enhance and protect the health of local waterways. Proposed projects must be aimed at storm water pollution prevention in Alameda County and contain a community or public outreach element. This year’s grant cycle focuses on litter reduction projects in particular. Funding requests between $1,000 and $5,000 per project will be considered, for a total available budget of $20,000. Eligible applicants include teacher and student groups, youth organizations, homeowners associations, community groups, environmental groups and other non-profit organizations. more

Deadline June 27:   National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Program
Applications for these grants need to be submitted by a state agency partner, and potential applicants should also contact the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture to let them know of their intent and for JV assistance.

 

GRANTS – ongoing

 

California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB)

WCB continues to provide funding for wetland, riparian, oak woodland, and other fish and wildlife habitat improvement projects and land acquisition (easement and fee title) from Propositions 40, 50, and 117. The WCB’s Riparian, Inland Wetlands, and Oak Woodland programs continue, and are continuously open for proposal submission. for inquiries contact  (916) 445-8448.

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program at San Francisco Bay  The program’s focus is on the San Mateo and Marin Counties’ outer Coast and is also available to projects in watersheds draining into San Francisco Bay. The mission of the Coastal Program at San Francisco Bay is to conserve coastal ecosystems by engaging external partners and other Service programs in activities that restore, enhance and protect fish and wildlife habitats and habitat forming processes. Funding Available: about $100,000 to $200,000 annually. There is no rigid application format or deadline to apply. However, our money is available on a Federal fiscal year basis (October 1 to September 30), and we encourage you to contact us as early as possible so that we can explore potential partnership opportunities for your project. We would like to hear from you starting in January each year, cooperative agreements for each year are generally finalized by June.    more… 

 

MEDIA NEWS

 

 

GENERAL NEWS

 

 

 

 

COURSES, EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

 

 

 

MARCH

March 8Volunteer at Upper Sand Creek Basin 

March 11 –  Rare Plant Survey Protocols – A Scientific Approach (Days 1 and 2)

March 13 –  Online Resources for Botanists, Biologists, and Ecologists 

March 13Alameda Creek Watershed Conference: The View Upstream  

March 19Talk on Restoration for the Birds and the Bees 

March 19 – 32nd Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference 

March 23 – Bay Nature’s Annual Awards Dinner 

March 28 – BioBlitz: all-taxa species inventory  

 

APRIL & BEYOND  

April 11 – North Bay Watershed Association Conference 2014

April 11 – Navigating the Environmental Compliance Process for Wetland Projects in the San Francisco Bay and Outer Coast 

April 23/24Workshop on the Biology and Management of the California Red-Legged Frog  

April 24 – David Allen Sibley 

May 6-8 – Scenario Planning toward Climate Change Adaptation  

May 8 – Bay Area Open Space Council Conference 

May 19 -23 – CRAM Training Session, Richmond

May 27 – Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations 

June 23-27 – CRAM Training Session, Sacramento

October 17 – UC California Naturalist: New Year, New Conference!

October 28-30 – Bay Delta Science Conference 

November 1-6Restore America’s Estuaries 7th National Summit: Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience

 

JOBS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

 

WITH DEADLINES

By March 7:    Director for National Programs, Birdnote
By March 24Director, New Mexico State Game Commission
By April 11:       Web Application and Database Developer,     
                            Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

 

OPEN UNTIL FILLED   

Executive Director, Golden Gate Audubon  

Assistant Summer Teacher Naturalist, Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary
Lead Summer Teacher Naturalist, Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary
Seasonal Field Technician,  Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary

Communications Manager, California Native Plant Society

Stewardship Coordinator and 

Stewardship Director, Solano Land Trust  

Development Director, The Watershed Project

Director of Major Gifts, Save the Bay
Consulting Opportunity, National Audubon Society with Partners in Flight

 

 

 

San Francisco Bay Joint Venture

735 B Center Blvd. Fairfax, CA 94930

415-259-0334

 Beth Huning, Coordinator 
Sandra Scoggin, Assistant Coordinator  
 Caroline Warner, Public Outreach Coordinator