News from the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, August 28, 2013

  • by BPC Staff
  • on August 29, 2013






August 28, 2013





The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Small Grants program is a competitive matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the US that further the goals of NAWCA.  These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetland and associated upland habitats that benefit wetland dependent migratory birds, primarily waterfowl.  Grant requests may not exceed $75,000 and a one to one non-federal match is required.  Funding priority is given to grantees or partners new to the Act’s Grants Program. 

Those interested in submitting an application should contact Beth Huning well in advance of submission deadline for input on ways to make your application competitive on the national level.  Grant applications are due this year on or before Oct 31.  New applicants need to sign up at least three weeks before submission date.  More information can be found here.


40 years of Marge Kolar!

On August 27, Marge Kolar of the US Fish and WIldlife Service was celebrated at a send off party in the Region 8 office.  Previously the Manager of the San Francisco Bay NWR Complex, Marge was an original founder of the SF Bay Joint Venture, helping to put our organizational structure in place and serving on the Management Board until she moved into her position as Chief of Refuges for Region 8.

For those who missed the retirement party , here’s a brief slide show of photos.  Goodbye Marge, we will miss you! 




 JUDGES NEEDED FOR State of the Estuary conference student poster contest  

This year’s biennial State of the Estuary Conference received more student posters than ever before!  Judges will evaluate 4-5 posters each using a simple score sheet and providing constructive feedback to students on their research. Please indicate your interest when you register for the conference and/or contact John Callaway, student judging coordinator.   




MUIR BEACH parking lot closure is still in effect –
from July 8 to Nov 2013 the parking lot at Muir Beach will be closed for the final phase of the restoration of Redwood Creek
Read more about the project here. 



WHERE do you like to go birding?  If you want ideas, SFBJV Coordinator Beth Huning shares some great places to catch the birds as they return this fall with Jerry Kay here. 




Deadline 2013-09-10:  National Science Foundation -Water Sustainability and Climate

Despite the importance of water to life on Earth, there are major gaps in our basic understanding of water availability, quality and dynamics, and the impact of both human activity and a changing and variable climate on the water system. The goal of the Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) solicitation is to enhance the understanding and predict the interactions between the water system and land use changes (including agriculture, managed forest and rangeland systems), the built environment, ecosystem function and services and climate change/variability through place-based research and integrative models.  More  


Deadline 2013-10-31:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service NAWCA Small Grants Program

The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (Act). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. All potential applicants should contact SFBJV Coordinator Beth Huning at or 415-259-0334 well in advance for input on ways to make their application competitive on a national level.More


Deadline 2013-11-01:   U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Webless Migratory Game Bird Program

USFWS has put out a Request for Proposals for the Webless Migratory Game Bird Program (WMGBP) for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY2014). The primary purpose of the WMGBP is to support activities that will improve management of the 16 species of migratory shore and upland game birds (MSUGBs, Table 1) in North America.  More  


Deadline 2013-11-01: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The NERRS Graduate Research Fellowship Program is one of the largest graduate programs supported by NOAA. Fellows conduct their research within a National Estuarine Research Reserve and gain hands-on experience by engaging with reserve staff and participating in their host reserve’s research, education, stewardship and training programs. Fellows use reserves as living laboratories to address NERRS natural and social science priority issues based on the reserves’ local coastal management needs. Fellows receive a stipend of $20,000 per year. The application deadline is November 1st each year. More


Deadline 2103-12-01: SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund 

Grants support projects in 4 key categories: Species Research, Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation, Habitat Protection, and Conservation Education. Application deadline is December 1 each year for grants beginning the following year.  Past programs have supported projects in the range of 5-25K for a one-year term.



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.


Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program in the San Francisco Bay Area invites ongoing requests for assistance for voluntary habitat restoration projects primarily, but not limited to, the North Bay and East Bay counties. Eligible applicants include individual landowners, for-profit and non-profit organizations, watershed groups, and local agencies. Projects must be on lands not under state or federal ownership. Emphasis is given to on-the-ground activities that improve habitat for Federal trust species, such as migratory birds and special status animal and plant species. Maximum funding request is $25,000 per project with a minimum 1:1 non-federal match (monetary and/or in-kind match). Partnerships with other funding agencies are encouraged. Contact Kate Symonds, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program for SF Bay, (tel) 707-578-8515, (cell) 707-480-2675, or at . For more information  click here 


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 







Recent SFEI reports guide landscape-scale restoration planning

Draft EIS for invasive House Mouse Eradication on Farallon Islands – public comment open until Sept 30

Point Blue and Monterey Bay Aquarium Biologists to Release Captive-Reared Snowy Plovers into the Wild at Moss Landing State Beach

Bay Area IRWMP Draft Executive Summary available for review

California Waterfowl Requests funds in support of Junior Duck Stamp program

 2013 State of the Birds on Private lands released 


New issue of WINGTIPS, the newsletter of the Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp 


House Appropriations bill zeros out conservation programs


BAWN invites discussion on the development of watershed assessment method matrix 


Scenario planning for climate change adaptation: guidance for resource managers     


New report released: 2013 Duck Numbers Remain Strong


Final Report Now Available: Corte Madera Innovative Wetland Adaptation Techniques Project






September 4Bird Lover’s Walk @ Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline

September 5Western Burrowing Owl Workshop 2013  

September 9Talk: The Delta’s Late-Summer Splendor  

September 9-13 5-day General CRAM Training   

September 12 Stream Restoration Workshop 

September 12 – Water and Energy Nexus Summit 2 

September 12 – Bay Area Open Space fall gathering:  Maps and Apps, Tools and Tips – waitlist only 

September 13-15 – Sierra Nevada Alliance 20th Anniversary & Conference 

September 14 – Family Bird Adventure 

September 17-19 Land Trust Alliance Rally 

September 17-20 Tours of Ecocenter at Heron’s Head 

September 21 Coastal Clean up Day 

September 23-24Workshop: Project Design and Evaluation Taught by the NOAA Coastal Services Center   &  2-day Depressional CRAM Training 

September 24Climate Smart Actions Workshop  

September 26Navigating the Environmental Compliance Process in Coastal California 

September 28 Celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day


October 2-5 – 22nd Annual Cal-Invasive Plant Symposium  

October 4 Analytical Frameworks for Wetland and Riparian Buffers in Agricultural Settings 

October 6Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) 5th World Conference on Ecological Restoration   

October 7 – Talk: The Decline and Rebirth of Redwood Creek 

October 17 –  SFBJV Conservation Delivery Committee Meeting  

October 17-18 2-day Estuarine Training   

October 21-23 – Communications Education & Outreach meeting, Joint Ventures National staff

October 28-30WLI North America Workshop   

October 2930

2013 State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference 20/20 Vision: Past Reflections, Future Directions  


November 3-722nd Biennial Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Conference    

November 4 –  Talk: Tales from a Recovered Arachnophobe  

November 5 – SFBJV Management Board Meeting

November 22 Harvest Gathering 

December 19SFBJV Conservation Delivery Committee Meeting  






Director of Public Policy, Audubon California 

Land Acquisition Project Manager, Sonoma Land Trust 

Trail Volunteer Management Internship, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Park Stewardship Program

Senior Program Manager,  Latin America, National Audubon Society  

Wildlife Ecologist, USDA Forest Service 

Research Station Manager, Santa Rosa Island Research Station 

Field Internship, Big Sur/Big Creek Reserve 

Ecologist, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center  

Working Lands Program Manager, Audubon California  

Assistant for compilation of waterbird species data for status assessment,  US Fish and Wildlife Service
Regulatory Research Analyst, Sustainable Conservation
Data Entry Clerk/Administrative Assistant, California Native Plant Society
Director, Choose Clean Water Coalition

Media Relations Coordinator, Aquarium of the Pacific  

Senior Manager, Conservation & Science Communications, Monterey Bay Aquarium