News from the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, November 2013

  • by BPC Staff
  • on November 4, 2013
















BIG thanks to

Richard Seagraves


 Inspiration Campaign

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




November 1, 2013 





One of the many highlights at every State of the Estuary Conference, is when both projects and people who have made a significant contribution of benefit to the Estuary are honored.  The SFBJV was proud to receive a CCMP Outstanding Environmental Project award on behalf of the RAMSAR nomination team whose tireless work successfully lead to the naming of SF Bay Estuary as the 35th US Ramsar Wetland of International Importance this year.  You can see a list of other recipients and more information about the awards here.




The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is in the process of updating the 2005 State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP).  The SWAP examines the health of wildlife and prescribes actions to conserve wildlife and vital habitat before they become more rare and more costly to protect.  The plan also promotes wildlife conservation while furthering responsible development and addressing the needs of a growing human population. 

CDFW has done a lot of preliminary work on the SWAP update and wants to share their work to ensure a robust plan.  Eleven meetings have been scheduled throughout the state, with 4 left in November:  Nov 5th – in San Leandro, 6th – in Santa Rosa, 12th – in Redding and the 13th – in Eureka.  Find more detailed information here.


Bay Nature Seeks Nominations 

The Bay Nature Institute is seeking nominations for its fourth annual “Local Heroes” award, recognizing extraordinary contributions to the understanding and preservation of the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area. The three award categories include: Conservation Action, Environmental Education and Youth Engagement.  More information here …

Protect Creeks by Liking “Got Ants” on Facebook

When creeks go toxic, the cause is often urban pesticide use for household pests like ants. “Got Ants,” a new community-based social marketing campaign, is reaching out to the public with easy, less toxic solutions for ants in the home. Help us reach more people by “liking” the Got Ants facebook here.  And invite your friends to like the page.   You can take a pledge to use less-toxic solutions next time ants invade, at




Deadline: 11-7; 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.  


Deadline 11-15: 2014 National Fish Habitat Partnership Grant Opportunity

The Pacific Marine Estuary Partnership,  one of 19 nationally recognized fish habitat partnerships in the United States, is seeking project proposals to award about $50,000 (total amount available for all projects) in 2014 toward fish habitat restoration projects on the West Coast that advance PMEP’s mission to protect, enhance, and restore ecological processes and habitats within estuaries and nearshore marine environments to sustain healthy native fish communities and support sustainable human uses that depend on healthy fish populations.  more


Deadline 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. more

Deadline 12-03: 2013 Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grants

The NMBCA pilot program targets a portion of funding on a group of particularly threatened Neotropical migratory birds with the goal of achieving a measurable biological improvement in these species over the next 5-10 years. Twenty-five to 30 percent of NMBCA funding for 2014 will be dedicated in support of projects that propose to address these species as outlined in these instructions. The remaining 70-75 percent of funds will be dedicated in support of the traditional NMBCA program, where conservation projects addressing any Neotropical migratory bird species are eligible.  More details and instructions can be found here.


Deadline January 2014: Coastal Program at SF Bay
The program is available to projects in watersheds draining into the Golden Gate. 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.
Funding available: about $180,000 annually, typically divided among 10 projects.   More

Deadline 01-06-2014: Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund

Projects awarded from this Fund must benefit the fish and wildlife resources of the Contra Costa County and must meet the requirements of Section 13103 of the Fish and Game Code.  Applications should be related to: · improving habitat, scientific research  and  as an additional focus for 2014, the Fish and Wildlife Committee seeks to fund high value, low-cost public education projects related to the scientific principles of fish and wildlife conservation.  more


GRANTS – open until filled

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… 




Report: Some chemicals in S.F. Bay near levels of concern – SF Gate, October 28, 2013


Rail Agency Cuts deal to save 56 acres of Marshland near Novato – The Press Democrat, October 11, 2013 


Jerry Brown Signs Historic Legislation Requiring the Use of Non-Lead Hunting Ammunition  Defenders of Wildlife – October 11, 2013 

Bechtel Gift to Help Transform Presidio

– SF Gate, September 28, 2013 


Scientists to Test Whale Spotter App Point Blue Conservation Science, September 18, 2013   









November 1-5 – Restore America’s Estuaries and The Coastal Society National Summit: Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience

November 3 – 22nd Biennial Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Conference
November 3 – Tolay Creek Ranch: The Art of Grazing for Conservation
November 4 –
  Talk: Tales from a Recovered Arachnophobe 

November 5, 6, 12 and 13 – State Wildlife Action Plans scoping meetings (DFW), various locations. 
November 7 –
 Managing Habitats for California Red-legged Frog

November 13 – South Bay Salt Ponds Tidal Wetland Restoration Field Workshop  

November 15 – Dredging and Wetlands Restoration: Who Pays for Beneficial Reuse?   

November 22 – Harvest Gathering 


DECEMBER and beyond 

December 12 – Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience   

December 19 –  SFBJV Conservation Delivery Committee Meeting 

Through Feb 23, 2014 – Above and Below; Stories from our Changing Bay at the Oakland Museum

March 19 – 32nd Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference  

March 28/29 – Biodiversity Festival with National Geographic and National Parks Service   






Deadline 11-15: Wildlife Biologist, USFWS
Deadline 11-25:  Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Committee Seats (2), CCC Internal Operation Committee of Board of Supervisors
Deadline Jan 10 2014: Switzer Environmental Fellowship


Trails Stewardship Internship, Golden Gate National Parks
Trail Volunteer Management Intern, Golden Gate National Parks
Director of Major Gifts, Save SF Bay
Development Director, Watershed Project

Environmental Steward Internship, The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship  

Director of Education, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary






San Francisco Bay Joint Venture

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Beth Huning, Coordinator | Sandra Scoggin, Assistant Coordinator

Christina Sloop, Science Coordinator| Caroline Warner, Public Outreach Coordinator