The San Francisco Bay Joint Venture Bulletin: September 9, 2014

  • by BPC Staff
  • on September 9, 2014


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  September 9, 2014  
One hundred years after the extinction of the passenger pigeon,  
the nation’s top bird  science and conservation groups have come  
together to publish The State of the Birds 2014 – the most comprehensive 
review of long-term trend data for US birds ever conducted.   
In brief, where the health of our Nation’s birds is concerned, there is both good news and bad.  The report finds bird populations are declining across several key habitats, and establishes a “watch list” of 230 species in need of immediate conservation help, including more than half of all US shorebird species.  On the brighter side, the report also reveals that in areas where a strong conservation investment has been made – like here in the Bay Area – bird populations are recovering.  In other words conservation works! You may also recall a regional State of the Birds report for San Francisco Bay was produced by Point Blue Conservation Science and the SFBJV in 2011 and can be found for reference here. 

Did you attend the 2013 State of the Estuary Conference? 
Did you vote on an inspirational message for the Bay?
If you did, you may recall the winner was:
Saltwater meets freshwater …
a love story. 
Starting his week you will find a 48 X 68 placard of the sign at the SF Ferry Terminal!  It will be up for all to see for a full month, so be sure to check it out!  
A big shout out to 
Russell Lowgren for the use of his beautiful photo, all those who submitted messages and voted and to Robert Bengtson of Inspiration Campaignfor the opportunity to express our love for the Bay in new ways.
Move over California Clapper Rail and Make Way for Ridgway’s Rail!
Our San Francisco Bay resident and icon for tidal marsh restoration, is now recognized as California Ridgway’s Rail (Rallus obsoletus). 
The reason? Find out here.

Visited our website lately?  Our new featured project  has changed!  
Learn about what is going on at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park 

and the Breuner Marsh Restoration and Public Access Project!
GRANTS – with deadlines
This program provides competitive seed grants ($1,500 – $5,000) to creative and innovative proposals by USFWS Refuge friends organizations that seek to increase the number and effectiveness of organizations interested in assisting the Refuge System nationwide.

By October 1:
The California Department of Parks and Recreation administers this grant program to local public agencies for the acquisition and restoration of wildlife habitats and significant natural areas. Eligible projects include acquisition/restoration of deer/mountain lion, rare, threatened and endangered species, wetlands, riparian, anadromous fish and trout habitat and urban trail/wildlife corridor projects. $2 million is available annually.
By October 26: 
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation seeks proposals after Labor Day (2014) to increase ocean awareness and promote action for ocean conservation. NMSF is interested in innovative projects that engage the public in compelling ocean stewardship issues and motivate effective and focused action to benefit both humans and the sea.  They are once again prioritizing proposals that relate to national marine sanctuaries in a meaningful way.

By November 7: 
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 might consider contacting SFBJV Coordinator, Beth Huning in advance for input on ways to make their application competitive on a national level.
By November 18:  
NOAA 2015 Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program Grant 
NOAA and other partners, are soliciting proposals under the Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise (EESLR) Program to improve the management of regional and local ecosystem effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation.

By November 20:
The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) complements other funding sources such as the North American Wetlands Conservation Act by providing resources for migratory landbird conservation as well as funding for migratory birds that depend upon wetland habitats outside of North America. The legislation requires that at least 75 percent of the grant funding support activities outside of the United States, where significant need for scarce conservation resources exists. The NMBCA program supports a wide variety of conservation actions, including habitat protection and restoration, research, monitoring, outreach, and education. Over the last 13 years, the NMBCA program awarded $50 million dollars in grants
GRANTS – ongoing
The mission of the Water Recycling Funding Program (WRFP) is to promote the beneficial use of treated municipal wastewater (water recycling) in order to augment fresh water supplies in California by providing technical and financial assistance to agencies and other stakeholders in support of water recycling projects and research.  A short video explains the type of projects that qualify and can be found on their website.
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.  Learn more on their website.
Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants
These small grants average approximately $8000 with priority given to applicants that: protect Earth’s beauty and bounty; create a robust, healthy food system; increase opportunities for outdoor activity; reduce environmental health hazards; and/or build stronger communities.  Grant cycles are quarterly, generally around the 15th of the month.
Funding priorities for this program include: Supporting sustainable agricultural practices and private lands stewardship; Conserving critical land and water resources and improving local water quality; Restoring and managing natural habitat, species and ecosystems that are important to community livelihoods; Facilitating investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency ; Encouraging broad-based citizen participation in project implementation. Grants will be offered once a year to support priority projects, and funds may be used to leverage resources associated with other NFWF funding opportunities.  Learn more on their website.
many more ongoing grants with no deadline are available on the funding page of ourwebsite 
BirdLife International, September 9, 2014
abc7news, September 8, 2014

Massive Mexico City airport to be built on Lake Texcoco basin 
Christian Science Monitor, September 4, 2014
EcoWatch, August 30, 2014
NY TImes Sunday Review, August 29, 2014
American Birding Association, July 30, 2014

2014 Status of Waterfowl Video and Report available for download, July 24, 2014
you can find all our events listed here on our website
September 10   WRDA 2014 listening sessions
September 10  
 Contra Costa Watershed Forum 
September 11    
Project Planning and Management for Ecological Restoration
September 11   
Pre-Solicitation Workshop – Wetlands Restoration GHG Reduction Grant Program 
September 14   
Bird Language and Animal Tracking 
September 17   The State of the Birds 2014 report: Science and Conservation Applications  September 17   The 2014 Basin Characteristic Model Dataset
September 18   Wetland Hydrology
September 19   
Volunteer at the Native Plant Nursery, Every Friday!  
September 20   
Coastal Clean Up Day – many Bay Area events!
September 20  
 COOAST Training Session 
September 21   
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies 104th Annual Meeting 
September 23  
Traditional Ecological Knowledge Training
Septebmer 24   
WRDA 2014 listening sessions
September 24   
Bay+Delta+Water: Better together
September 25   
Tidal Wetland Restoration Field Trip Featuring: Eden Landing Ecological Reserve   
September 26   Living Arroyos Business Field Day
September 27   We Love Water 

October 4          Living Arroyos Fall workdays  
October 5          Pathways Conference  
October 8          California Invasive Plant Council Symposium  
October 14         Advanced Wetland Delineation 
October 16         USFWS Restoration Webinar Series   
October 16         History of Wetland Drainage in the U.S.   
October 17          UC California Naturalist Conference
October 21          Inaugural Steelhead Summit 
October 23
         National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation 
October 24         The Climate Conversation you Havent’ heard 
October 28-30   Bay Delta Science Conference  
November 20     Shorebird Survey
January 13           CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference
June 22 -24          Fish Passage Conference 2015
Nature Van Naturalist, Wildcare   
Lead Scientist, Delta Science ProgramUSGS and Delta Stewardship Council
Outreach Manager, Peninsula Open Space Trust
Conservation Project Manager, Peninsula Open Space Trust   
River Science Manager, South Yuba Citizens League    
Senior Manager, California Policy and Partnership – CERES
Special Corpsmember, California Conservation Corps, Napa Satellite
Conservation Internships and Graduate Student OpportunitiesPoint Blue Conservation Science   
San Francisco Bay Joint Venture
735 B Center Blvd. Fairfax, CA 94930
Beth Huning, Coordinator 
Sandra Scoggin, Assistant Coordinator  
Caroline Warner, Public Outreach Coordinator
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