Your monthly update from SPAWN
Last year, on October 1, California Governor Jerry Brown issued a proclamation declaring October to be California Redwoods Month. SPAWN honors California's incredible state tree all year long through 10,000 Redwoods. With the help of our supporters and volunteers, we're fighting against climate change and restoring the habitat where these ancient species once thrived by planting 10,000 redwoods in the San Francisco Bay Area. Happy California Redwoods Month, indeed!
SPAWN Sues Marin for Failing to Protect Coho
The Salmon Protection And Watershed Network sued the County of Marin in September for failing to protect Central California Coast Coho salmon, a critically endangered species that faces extinction. The county’s failure to adopt a streamside conservation ordinance to preserve vegetation, maintain water quality and prevent erosion will impact populations of endangered Coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout, a violation of the California Environmental Quality Act. The county originally planned to adopt such an ordinance in 2007 when it last updated its Countywide Plan. But 12 years later, the measure has still not materialized.
Join us for 'Make a Difference Day' on Oct. 26!
Join local community members, staff, and interns at our Tocaloma restoration site along Lagunitas Creek between 10am and 2pm, on Saturday, Oct. 26—Make a Difference Day! We will be working together to water native plants and remove invasive species, restoring critical habitat for coho salmon. Please pack something to eat and join us for lunch after we’ve finished working. (Tea and coffee will be provided!) If you are interested in helping us restore habitat, please RSVP to Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riparian Revegetation: Five Years Later
If you've ever wondered what riparian revegetation looks like, here's an example of the difference five years makes! This little ephemeral creek was heavily overgrazed by cattle for generations. Fine sediment, manure, and total lack of shade or riparian habitat were major problems. The unnamed creek is directly opposite of SPAWN's office on National Park Service lands, and although it's a small, coho and steelhead use it as a backwater habitat in the winter. Our goal was to fence the creek out from cows and reforest the entire riparian coordinator with plants grown in our Native Plant Nursery, and we're well on the way to that goal! View more photos here.
TIRN Wins Protections for Humpback Habitat
The federal government proposed a new rule in September to designate 302,961 square nautical miles in the Pacific Ocean as critical habitat for endangered humpback whales. The move could help protect migrating whales from ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear, and oil spills. The announcement by the National Marine Fisheries Service follows a court-approved agreement with Turtle Island Restoration Network, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Wishtoyo Foundation to issue new protections.
SPAWNers Join Global Climate March in SF
In the Pacific Northwest, the effects of climate change will probably alter the timing of stream flows, reduce summer flows, increase stream temperatures, raise sea level, and change shorelines and ocean current patterns—putting coho in the climate change crosshairs. That's why SPAWN joined millions of students and workers across the globe on Sept. 20 to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis at the Global Climate Strike. Organizers estimated 7.6 million people around the world joined the week of strikes, with TIRN staff, volunteers and interns marching with as many as 40,000 in San Francisco alone!
New Shed Needed for Native Plant Nursery
The shed in our Native Plant Nursery has seen a lot of love over the years... unfortunately so much so that we are in need of a new one! We are hoping to raise $2,000 to help fund a brand-new shed that can better support our ever-expanding nursery operations and restoration projects. Please consider donating to our Native Plant Nursery Shed Fund to help us reach our goal. If you have any ideas or questions, please contact our Native Plant Nursery Manager Audrey Fusco at email@example.com or (415) 663-8590 ext. 4.
TIRN Awarded 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency
Turtle Island Restoration Network was recently recognized for our transparency with a Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile! In order to get the Gold Seal, we shared important information with the public using our profile on www.guidestar.org. Now our community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world. Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and tell us what you think.
Photo of the Month: Mountain Lion on the Move
One of our wildlife monitoring cameras had an amazing sighting this month! This mountain lion was seen passing through one of the ephemeral streams near our office. Animals often use dry creek beds as corridors in dry months to help them move through the landscape. This camera has captured photos of deer, bobcats, coyotes, and foxes all using this habitat, but a mountain lion is a rare treat. You can stay updated on the critters our cams capture by following SPAWN on Facebook or check out the Wildlife Monitoring section on our blog.
Volunteer Days & Events
SPAWN offers many opportunities for individuals and groups to help with protecting endangered Coho salmon in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please join us!
- Saturday, Oct. 26: 'Make a Difference' Restoration Volunteer Day. Join local community members, staff, and interns at our Tocaloma restoration site along Lagunitas Creek between 10am and 2pm, on Saturday, Oct. 26! We will be working together to water native plants and remove invasive species, restoring critical habitat for coho salmon. Please pack something to eat and join us for lunch after we’ve finished working. (Tea and coffee will be provided!) If you are interested in helping us restore habitat, please RSVP to Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Every Friday: Nursery Volunteer Day. Join local community members, staff, and interns in our native plant nursery between 10am and 1pm every Friday! We will be working together to grow, tend and care for native plants used to restore Coho salmon habitat in Lagunitas Creek. Please pack something to eat and join us for lunch after we’ve finished working. Tea and coffee will be provided. For questions or to RSVP, contact Audrey at email@example.com.