This spring and summer, SPAWN will be busy bees creating pollinator habitat and educating the public, teachers and students on best practices for planting and protecting pollinators and their habitat. With your support, we will work together to increase awareness of how to support pollinator health in our communities and work towards stabilizing the population of species we love so much.
Join us on Earth Day for a Planting Party
Turtle Island Restoration Network is hosting a free Earth Day Planting Party! Please join us on Saturday, April 20 from 10am-2pm at our headquarters in Olema as we honor and conserve Marin County's critically endangered Coho salmon. Activities for children and adults include planting native plants and trees, creating native plant seed balls, cleaning up our creek, restoration site tours, and more.
Longtime Volunteer Upgrades Greenhouse Fan
The Native Plant Nursery greenhouse received a major upgrade this spring thanks to the work of Steve Meyer, a long-time SPAWN supporter. Steve spent a weekday installing a solar-powered fan in the greenhouse with his own tools and supplies. The fan is running perfectly, and will keep seedlings cool long into the spring. Steve has already helped us put the greenhouse together (twice), helps us plant redwoods, planted out redwood trees on his own initiative elsewhere, provided some advice on possible intern housing remodel ideas, and is a regular donor of SPAWN. We want to thank Steve for all that he does to support SPAWN and in support of nature!
Seeding Success with Elementary Schools
SPAWN’s Native Plant Nursery seeded redwoods, riparian grasses, pollinator plants, and other native plants with four partner schools this year. Thanks to the efforts of 9th grade students at Marin Academy who seeded 1,500 plugs of a variety of native grasses for their service day project back in September, we're still planting grass plugs on our Tocaloma site! Three 4th grade classes at Glenwood Elementary seeded redwoods in January, and more than 400 seedlings germinated. Cascade Canyon students are helping us grow redwood seedlings and four species of pollinator plants at their school, and the Italian School of San Francisco is also learning about habitat restoration and the importance of native plants by growing eight different species of riparian plants. We are so grateful to all of our partner schools and students for their support of our restoration projects.
Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change
From April 2-June 1, the photography exhibition “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change” will be at the Bay Model lobby gallery in Sausalito. SPAWN, in conjunction with the Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, helped create a native plant pollinator garden in front of Bay Model to go with the exhibition, which reveals the incredible beauty of California’s wildflowers and their varied habitats. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, April 6 from 1-3pm.
Cascade Canyon Ocean Guardian Partnership
SPAWN is Cascade Canyon's Ocean Guardian Grant partner, and we have had a great time working with them to help fulfill their grant requirements. Students are learning how they can protect local watersheds and the oceans through conservation of endangered species and ecological restoration. The 4/5th grade and 7th grade Cascade Canyon classes began working with SPAWN in late fall of 2018 by coming out to collect redwood cones and see spawning fish. In January, both classes sowed native seeds of redwoods and pollinator plants, which they are growing on their own propagation bench right outside of their science classroom.
Help Prevent Japanese Knotweed from Invading
In 2013, the invasive plant Japanese Knotweed was discovered in Lagunitas Creek. Notorious for dominating riparian forests, preventing other trees from establishing, and even growing through asphalt and concrete foundations, Knotweed will completely change the natural plant community, change the food web, and alter the flow of rivers and sediment if allowed to invade. Thankfully, infestations in Lagunitas Creek have not been that bad and the Marin Knotweed Action Team (MKAT) is leading efforts to address the infestations on public and private lands. For information about how to identify the plant and who to contact if you find it, visit MKAT's website.
Help us Plant on the Restoration Site this April!
In April, we have three restoration days scheduled for our project site: Saturday, April 6; Saturday, April 13; and Saturday, April 20. This is a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, as well as directly contribute to habitat restoration to support our local population of endangered Coho salmon. All tools and equipment will be provided, as well as coffee and snacks. If you are interested in helping us plant, please email Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Hammerhead Shark Study Demonstrates the Importance of ‘Swimways’ in Securing the Protection of Marine Endangered Species
A new, multi-institutional research effort that is co-authored by Executive Director Todd Steiner shows the importance of marine protected areas and migratory routes in securing protections for highly migratory endangered marine species, like scalloped hammerhead sharks.
SPAWN is Hiring a Watershed Biologist
SPAWN is currently looking for a Watershed Biologist to join our team. This position works with the Watershed Conservation Director to carry out large and small scale habitat restoration and conservation projects, and is a key part of a team working to restore creek habitat to recover critically endangered coho salmon in Marin County, California. If you are interested in the position, or know someone who might be, please visit the Careers page on our website to learn more and apply.
Join the Fight Against Climate Change: Adopt a Redwood
Building on the historic 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement ratified by 195 nations, Turtle Island Restoration Network launched the 10,000 Redwoods Project to provide an innovative way for individuals, schools and businesses to directly engage in the climate change challenge through the simple act of planting trees to sequester carbon. With your help, we’ve already planted over 500 redwoods in the San Francisco Bay Area! If you are interested in joining the fight against climate change, Adopt a Redwood today.
SPAWN offers many opportunities for individuals and groups to help with protecting endangered Coho salmon in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please join us!
- Every Friday: Nursery Volunteer Day. Join us every Friday for a great time with skilled botanists. We'll meet from 10am to 1pm at our headquarters in Olema and help care for thousands of native plants that will be used for local stream restoration projects. For questions, contact Audrey by email at email@example.com.
- Saturday, April 6: Habitat Restoration Day. We will be planting native plants and trees at our headquarters in Olema from 10am-2pm. All tools and equipment will be provided, as well as coffee and snacks. Please bring your own water bottle and dress appropriately for weather in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. If you are interested in helping us plant, please email Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Saturday, April 13: Habitat Restoration Day. We will be planting native plants and trees at our headquarters in Olema from 10am-2pm. All tools and equipment will be provided, as well as coffee and snacks. Please bring your own water bottle and dress appropriately for weather in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. If you are interested in helping us plant, please email Preston at email@example.com.
- Saturday, April 20: Earth Day Planting Party. Please join us on Saturday, April 20 from 10am-2pm at our headquarters in Olema as we honor and conserve Marin County's critically endangered Coho salmon. Activities for children and adults include planting native plants and trees, creating native plant seed balls, cleaning up our creek, restoration site tours, and more. RSVP on our Eventbrite.