For the first time in what seems like a long time, endangered species received some provisionally good news this month! These heartening developments are a result of the unwavering grassroots support from people like you—citizens who care about the wildlife and wild landscapes that make this country truly unique. Thank you for using your voice to raise awareness and speak up for species! The fight is far from over...
TIRN Joins Global Climate Strike in San Francisco
Climate change impacts sea turtles in a number of ways, including loss of nesting beaches and coastal habitat through rising sea levels; reduced hatchling success from high temperatures and increased storm events; and changing ocean currents impacting migration. That's why Turtle Island Restoration Network 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!
Northern Calif. County Sued for Failing to Protect Endangered Salmon Species
Our California-based program, the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network, sued the County of Marin 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.
TIRN Welcomes New Watershed Biologist
TIRN is excited to welcome Ayano Hayes to our team! Ayano joins us as Watershed Biologist and will be assisting with our habitat restoration programs in Northern California. Ayano graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2017 with a double major in environmental science and psychology. She just completed her second year as an AmeriCorps Watershed Steward with Point Reyes National Seashore and has a strong background in wildlife monitoring including salmonids, California freshwater shrimp, spotted owls, tule elk, elephant seals, and amphibians. She has also led environmental education and outreach programs. Welcome, Ayano!
Congress Introduces Bill to Protect Endangered Species, Reverse Trump's 'Extinction Plan'
Leaders in Congress introduced critical legislation this month that would repeal new regulations that dramatically weaken the Endangered Species Act, or ESA. The ESA is our most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction. You can help ensure this species-saving legislation is inacted by asking Congress to support the PAW and FIN Act to increase protections for wildlife, not eviscerate them.
VIDEO: Floodplain Restoration Featured on NBC
In case you missed it: NBC Bay Area covered our Coho salmon habitat restoration project in Northern California during their six-o-clock news this month. The project aims to recover a lost floodplain that has been buried under dirt that was dumped in the creek corridor decades ago to build the village of Jewel, and will improve habitat for other threatened species like the California red-legged frog and California freshwater shrimp.
TIRN Members Ask NOAA to Defend Proven Bluefin Tuna Protections in Gulf of Mexico
A proposal from NOAA Fisheries would eliminate protections for Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico, removing successful conservation measures in the only major spawning ground for the western population of this valuable fish. The proposed policy would reopen surface longline fishing in their spawning hotspots during peak times of April and May, which could prompt setbacks for the recovery of this severely depleted fish. We submitted a letter on behalf of 2,002 supporters who added their name, asking NOAA to defend these proven protections.
New Internship Opportunities at TIRN!
Turtle Island Restoration Network has several new internship opportunities! The internship program is more than an opportunity to work at an award-winning marine wildlife protection and advocacy nonprofit organization. Our programs foster skill development within many areas of interest including habitat restoration, plant ecology, communications and political science, and engage participants in a variety of tasks to support the larger organizational goals. Every intern leaves the experience with a depth of insight into the way a non-profit functions and a diverse skill set in environmental conservation and advocacy.
This is What Happens When Seaweed is Removed From Beaches
If you live in the Gulf of Mexico or visited our beaches over the past decade, you most likely have had an experience with seaweed. Even though it sometimes disrupts our surfing, swimming, or beach activities, seaweed is a very valuable resource for wildlife. When seaweed is removed, the beach atmosphere changes, leaving many animals and plants without a place to live and eat.