SFBJV – The Bulletin for January 13, 2016

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January 13, 2016

  After the breach …   
  restoration in progress
   Oh to behold a restoration in progress, out on SF Bay with calm waters, winter light and heavy cloudsThanks to the USFWS San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Audubon CA, a few people who helped support the completion of the Sonoma Creek Enhancement and Sears Point Wetland Restoration projects were fortunate enough to get to see these projects by boat last week.  The skies filled with dazzling murmurations of shorebirds, the waters were loaded with diving ducks and dabblers of all types, and the islands of land provided refuge habitat, just as intended, for birds and other wildlife, including a few of the biggest harbor seals JV Coordinator Beth Huning says she has ever seen.  It was hard to imagine the land had ever been dry or cut off from the Bay, and so encouraging to see the Bay in this phase of restoration.  A huge shout out to the many who came together to make these two significant projects happen and for the legacy this is and shall be forever more for San Francisco Bay … from the engineers, to the scientists, the contractors, project managers, volunteers and more – THANK YOU! 
Beth Huning
Winter issue of Bay Nature Magazine features Cullinan Restoration
While we are on the topic of breaches and restoration in progress, we thought you might also want to know about the story in the latest issue of Bay Nature Magazine on the progress  happening out at Cullinan Ranch.  Written by Paul McHugh who was out on the newly restored site in his cedar-strip canoe with Point Blue Conservation Science field biologist Megan Elrod, the piece takes you on a journey offering an array of great photos and tons of information about what you are likely to see out there as well as how and where to navigate around the site, especially by boat.  Read the article and then make a trip out there to see it for yourself if you can! 
Beth Huning
Our chance to fill you in on some of what we have been up to since our last Bulletin. 
The Conservation Delivery Committee met on December 10, in coordination with the Bair Island Breach ceremony.   You can find notes from the meeting here.  If you’d like to join or hear about upcoming meetings please contact Sandra Scoggin.  

SFBJV Implementation Plan, Restoring the Estuary, originally published in 2001, is ready for an update.  A planning team consisting of JV management board members and SFBJV staff have started meeting to discuss content and framework as well as establish a process and timeline for its completion.  We expect to involve many of our partners along the way and this may include you!  Stay tuned!  
GRANTS with deadlines 
The CDFW is authorized to award grants for waterfowl conservation purposes that meet Fish & Wildlife Code 3702 requirements outlined on their website

February 3, 2016
This National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support.  

By February 8, 2016
The Alameda Fish & Game Commission encourages applications relating to activities that protect and conserve fish and wildlife, including improvement of fish and wildlife habitat, public education about fish and wildlife conservation, and scientific fish & wildlife research in Alameda County for these funds.
By February 18, 2016 
Grants and Partnerships to Restore Wildlife Habitat  
$760,000 of funding is still available for this grant program and the RFP has been extended until February 18.  A Q&A session will be held at 1:30 pm on Jan. 12, 2016 for those interested.  More information about this grant can be found on our
website or theirs.
By February 26, 2016 
The NAWCA program provides matching grants to wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and requires coordination well in advance of the due date with SFBJV Coordinator Beth Huning.
Ongoing Grants
Many of our funding source links have no deadlines, are cyclical or ongoing, please visit our grants page for more information.  
       JOBS with deadlines for applying
By January 20 
The City of San José  
        OPEN until filled 
SFBJV Intern
San Francisco Bay Joint Venture

Communications Intern
Friends of the San Francisco Estuary

West Coast Geospatial Coordinator
NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Stewardship Team Member
Center for Social & Environmental Stewardship

Natural Resources Lead Supervisor 
Conservation Corps North Bay
job opportunities are updated frequently, please visit our jobs page to stay current! 
UPCOMING EVENTS find all the events we know about here 
January 14         Wetland Status and Trends 
Jan 17-June 17   Climate Academy   
January 17          Volunteer Restoration Days in Niles
January 20        
Communicating adaptation – Engaging communities
January 21         
King Tide Walks            
January 26         Alameda Creek Watershed Forum  
February 1-5       7th North American Duck Symposium
February 3         Climate Change Adaption: Flood
February 6        
2016 Waterbird Festival
February 9        
Mysterious Sounds of the Silent Sea
February 19-21  
SF Bay Flyway Festival 
13 Jan 2016 – First-of-its-kind $12 parcel tax proposed for all nine Bay Area counties
San Jose Mercury News
23 Dec 2015 – With CO2 Boost, Marshes Can Rise to Meet Flood Risks
Climate Central
22 Dec 2015 – Work to save San Francisco Bay only just begun
San Francisco Chronicle
21 Dec 2015 –  El Nino Begs Question: When Is Your Property Going to be Underwater?  SF Weekly
11 Dec 2015 – Decades-long Bair Island Restoration Project comes to fruition
San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society
9 Dec 2015 – Counties can offset greenhouse gases with stream restoration
Daily Democrat

25 Nov 2015 – Sonoma Creek Tidal Marsh Works like a Charm during King Tide
24 Nov 2015 – Where and When to See King Tides in the Bay Area and California
KQED Science
26 Oct 2015 –  Levee breach transforms Sears Point farmland back into wetlands
The Press Democrat


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