Yes in your backyard

CaptureIn the midst of all the excitement about Measure AA, I didn’t get a chance to tell you about some other very special restoration work that is near and dear to my heart—and hopefully to yours as well.

Thanks in part to more than five years of hard work by my staff and many Save The Bay volunteers, we have played an important part in restoring transition zone habitat at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward as part of our partnership with the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. This work, in partnership with the largest wetland restoration project in the history of our Bay, is a thriving example of Bay restoration. You can get an up-close view of the restoration from nearly 4 miles of newly opened shoreline trails and new wildlife viewing platforms.

This is the type of game-changing restoration work you can help fund by supporting all of our work at Save The Bay today. The restored transition zones at Eden Landing now provide so much more habitat for wildlife, including endangered waterfowl and shorebirds, than just a few short years ago. The transformation is amazing.

Right now, in your own backyard, there are other critical restoration projects like Eden Landing at stake.

Your generous gift today will directly support ongoing restoration work at the Palo Alto Baylands, Martin Luther King, Jr. Shoreline, and Eden Landing. It will also help Save The Bay ensure that regional funding from Measure AA delivers the maximum possible benefit to dozens of restoration sites all around the Bay—from China Basin Park in San Francisco to San Pablo Marsh in the East Bay, and from Sears Point in the North Bay to Coyote Point in the south.

Surely you’ve heard that restored wetlands can filter out pollution for cleaner water; increase wildlife habitat; expand trails and shoreline access; and protect our communities from flooding. And you know that we also work to stop pollution at its source, calling on our cities to get to Zero Trash by 2022.

Restoring wetlands is my life’s calling. There’s nothing I love more than getting my hands dirty and restoring this unique, muddy, and incredible habitat that makes the Bay Area so special.

But you don’t need to go knee-deep in the mud to help protect our Bay for wildlife and people, today and tomorrow. Make a gift today and we’ll put it to good use, wherever it’s needed most to protect and enhance our beloved San Francisco Bay.

12 months of Bay photos: Get your 2017 calendar today!

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I am thrilled to share with you the 2017 Save The Bay calendar! A huge thank you goes to our volunteer photographers who have generously donated their stunning Bay images to our Calendar Photo Contest. These unparalleled and spectacular photos are spotlighted in the 2017 Save The Bay Calendar and serve as a monthly reminder of the importance of protecting and restoring the San Francisco Bay.

The breathtaking photos inside the 2017 calendar pay tribute to one of the remarkable women who started it all—Sylvia McLaughlin. Sylvia joined with Esther Gulick and Kay Kerr more than 50 years ago to co-found Save The Bay.

Today, Sylvia’s legacy inspires us to tackle the new challenges facing our Bay. So I hope you’ll hang your calendar somewhere special where it can inspire you and serve as a daily reminder of the Bay treasures you are helping to save. The beautiful Bay we work to save is still under constant threat–from toxic Styrofoam, plastic bags, cigarette butts, and polluted runoff.

Your gift of just $25 or more will help restore pivotal shoreline habitat, prevent pollution from entering our Bay, lead the way for Bay Smart communities, and so much more. As a special thank you, we will send you the beautiful 2017 Save The Bay Calendar to remind you of the beauty your donation is helping to save.

Make a special tax-deductible contribution of just $25 or more, and we’ll send you a copy of this gorgeous full-sized, full color, wall calendar as our thank-you.

Fighting for our Bay at the state and federal level

We're just getting started. Join today.More than a month has gone by since Save The Bay’s members and supporters helped secure an unprecedented victory for our Bay by passing Measure AA. We have a lot to celebrate, we know we still have so much work to do.

Here’s a bit of what’s next for Save The Bay:

Fighting for our Bay’s fair share from the federal government

While Measure AA will speed up marsh restoration and climate adaptation, we can’t restore the Bay’s national wildlife refuges unless Washington, D.C., matches our investment. Right now, our region is not being treated fairly—in fact, Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound got 16 times more federal money than San Francisco Bay over the last decade. It’s time for us to press for our Bay’s fair share of federal funds.

Banning plastic bags in California once and for all

Together we’ve secured plastic bag bans in most of the Bay Area—a huge success. But California’s rivers, ocean, and communities are all connected, and millions of plastic bags from other cities still flow into our shared waterways. This November, we can pass Proposition 67 to ban this toxic, deadly pollution once and for all. Out-of-state companies who make this trash are spending millions of dollars to defeat the bag ban, so this won’t be an easy win. But we’re determined to pass Proposition 67 and ban the bag in California for good.

…And so much more

We’re working to rid our Bay of toxic trash and make our communities “Bay Smart.” That means doing far more to limit the damaging impacts Bay Area communities have on Bay waters and wildlife, reigning in our region’s contributions to climate change, and expanding public access to the shoreline so that all residents can enjoy our beautiful Bay.

This is a truly exciting time for San Francisco Bay. Our victory on Measure AA was just the beginning. Please join Save The Bay today to help fund the critical work that lies ahead.

Celebrate with us on Bay Day!

Sign the Bay Day Petition

San Francisco Bay: Beautiful views. Bold ideas and innovative people. Diverse cities… And nature so close, it’s in the fabric of our daily life.

This is our Bay, and we believe it deserves to be celebrated because there’s no place like it in the world. That’s why we’re establishing Bay Day—one official day every year for everyone to come together and celebrate the Bay.

Bay Day is like Earth Day… for our Bay

Bay Day is one official day every year for the entire Bay Area to celebrate our Bay. Families, communities, and businesses throughout the region will celebrate Bay Day in their own, unique ways, but we are all united in our San Francisco Bay pride. We’re launching Bay Day on Saturday October 1, 2016.

More than a stunning view

Why celebrate our Bay? Don’t be fooled by the bridges, levees, and city skylines—the Bay is wild and alive. In fact, it’s the largest and most ecologically important estuary on the west coast. It is home to 400 native species, an important stop for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway, and a rich habitat for salmon, herring and many other fish. Larger animals including harbor seals, porpoises, sea lions, and seven species of sharks all call the Bay home.

Our Bay plays such a big role in the amazing quality of life we enjoy here in the Bay Area, and whether it’s a view from the hills, brunch on the waterfront, a walk on the Bay Trail, or kayaking the shoreline, there’s always more to explore.

Help us bring Bay Day to life

Families, communities, and businesses throughout the region will celebrate Bay Day in their own, unique ways, but we are all united in our San Francisco Bay pride. Here are three ways you can get involved:

  1. Help us make Bay Day official. Sign our petition asking Bay Area leaders to issue a Bay Day proclamation!
  2. Sign your business, organization, or community group up to celebrate Bay Day and be part of the buzz! It’s a great way to share your group’s San Francisco Bay pride.
  3. Sign up for our email updates and be the first to know about special Bay Day activities, discounts and prizes.

Help us make Bay Day official. Sign our petition asking Bay Area leaders to issue a Bay Day proclamation!

Youth create mural to celebrate their local watershed

How can art deepen our learning and understanding from a science class and how can it inspire stewardship/connection for our local ecology?

I had the privilege this Spring to facilitate a multimedia mural that engaged an entire student body at a K – 3rd grade elementary school in Petaluma with this question. Further questions followed: Why create art? Why care for our environment and our local species? What are some names of local species? What is the relationship between a butterfly and steelhead trout and why does this matter? And what do these questions have to do with our school??

My hope for the school and students through the creation of this mural: To inspire and create beauty, stewardship and pride for one’s local ecology – the ecology of the elementary school, surrounding community neighborhood, and natural watershed landscape.

The students, teachers, and I explored these questions and answers while collaboratively dreaming up, designing, and creating a multimedia mural that would celebrate the local Petaluma watershed. Choosing this theme was easy, the students were luckily learning about steelhead and environmental stewardship in their classes. Collectively, we realized that the austere and boring 300 foot long chain link fence in front of the entrance of the school desperately needed color, beautification and a welcoming attitude. Materials and mural design came next – surplus factory fabric was collected for weaving strips of color to create the landscape background, donated wood was shaped and cut into steelhead trout, monarch butterflies, and trillium flowers, and paint generously donated by Friedman’s Home Improvement was used to paint these local species.

Weaving the connection between art and ecology

So back to the original question – how can art deepen our understanding and connection with science and the local ecology? Art allowed and demanded that the students engage their classroom and local knowledge of the watershed landscape on creative, physical, and intellectual levels. While weaving, they physically created and felt the motions of a flowing river and the peaks and valleys of the rolling Petaluma hills.

The students had freedom towards how to paint and represent the local species – ranging from very realistic to extraordinarily magically – learning color mixing techniques, observational skills, and pattern recognition. Throughout the project, they worked in pairs and small groups, learning how to successfully work as a team and collaboratively make choices. The students experienced an environmental art project – learning with just a few surplus resources what a team can do to transform a boring fence into beautiful color piece of art. Finally, they transferred classroom knowledge to the outdoors and had fun!

I am grateful that such an art creation can offer such multidimensional learning opportunities for the students and community. The excitement, joy, and intelligence of the students was so influential towards the success of this project. The result? Students finished the mural feeling pride and connection for their school and its beautification, their local watershed and its species, and inspired to further care their place of home.