Put on your party shoes!

Fall for the BayPut on your party shoes, mark your calendars for September 26th, and come celebrate San Francisco Bay and the magic of life on the bay. Save the Bay is throwing a sure-to-be-fun party at the Presidio’s Golden Gate Club, overlooking the water.

Watch the sun go down as you mingle with other environmentally minded friends and cohorts in the middle of San Francisco’s own national park, a former military base steeped in history.

There’ll be live music by a jazz band, and a variety of gourmet beverages plus hors d’hoeuvres provided by Jane Hammond Events.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet environmental historian Matthew Morse Booker whose book Down by the Bay: San Francisco’s History Between the Tides has just been published to rave reviews.

Additionally, there’ll be a treasure trove of silent auction items. You can count on a panoply of numerous restaurant options, weekend getaways, sailing classes and kayak tours to choose from.

Look ahead. Talk it up. Buy tickets and bring friends.

 — Molly Hooper, Event Host Committee Co-chair

Molly Hooper has been a member of Save The Bay since 2005.  Molly and her husband John run Oz Farm which is managed as a sustainable working forest as well as an organic farm and retreat center.  Molly is passionate about protecting and restoring San Francisco Bay especially in the light of threats from sea level rise due to climate change. 

Place your bids for the Bay

Tug boat
Join us at Fall for the Bay on Sept 26th and bid on a tug boat trip on the Bay with geologist Doris Sloan.

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Well, maybe it’s not Mardi Gras, but we guarantee a good time at Fall for the Bay, Save the Bay’s 2013 gala event at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio.

Come hobnob with special guests – well-known writers, Bay restoration and environmental experts, corporate and civic leaders.

Test your bidding strategies and take home an auction trophy.  How about:

  • a long weekend at a home in Ashland with OSF theater tickets, and gift certificates for top restaurants
  • a six-hour tour of San Francisco Bay aboard the Nordic tug Eternity with guest guide Doris Sloan, the premier expert on the geology of the Bay Area
  • a ride for 10 aboard a San Francisco fire engine with Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White!

And these are just three of the many, many great items: other special weekend adventures, sailing lessons, library wines, high-end restaurant dinners, and tickets galore including some special behind-the scenes tours to theaters, Giants games, symphony, museums, and zoos.

Oh, and don’t forget the evening’s great food, wines, music, and programming. Do come and let the good times roll!

— Sandy Linder, Save The Bay Board of Directors and Fall for the Bay Host Committee 


Board Profile | Sam Luoma

Sam Luoma
Save The Bay Board Member Sam Luoma has studied the Palo Alto wetlands since 1974.

Meet Save The Bay Board Member Sam Luoma, an Environmental Scientist originally from Great Falls, Montana.

When did you join Save The Bay’s Board of Directors?

March 2013

Do you have a favorite Bay site or experience?

Looking at the Bay from the research vessel Polaris and the Palo Alto wetlands. Since 1974, my colleagues and I have studied the Palo Alto wetlands, which is a wonderful example of where wetlands meet mudflats.

How did you get involved with Save The Bay?

I have known David Lewis a long time and loved the story of how Save The Bay began. Save The Bay is an organization of great integrity and as a scientist I admire the important issues it tackles. I also like the continued focus on wetland restoration and education, both are so important for the Bay’s future.

What do you look forward to most as a new board member at Save The Bay?

Further support of wetland restoration as flood control and sea level rise become prevalent in our lives. Also, preventing expansion of development on the shores of the Bay which is crucial to reducing our vulnerability to climate change and loss of biodiversity.

I recently signed up to be on the Host Committee for Save The Bay’s event Fall for the Bay on September 26th. I want to support this fantastic community event and have a chance to meet all of the members who have helped support the great work of the organization.

I also look forward to working with my fellow board members. I am impressed by the group and its dedication.

If you could be one Bay plant or animal, what would it be and why?

The mudflat clam Macoma balthica – I’ve worked with this species since I first started studying the Bay in 1974. They are hardy, flexible and a positive part of the Bay ecosystem; just like we should be.

Who is your environmental hero?

The amazing three women who founded Save The Bay – Kay Kerr, Sylvia McLaughlin and Esther Gulick. Also the people who were responsible for the California Water Accord in the 1980’s: former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbit and his Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Bettsy Reike. The accord was a landmark achievement and an example of ways to begin solutions to complex environmental problems. Finally, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols who I worked for from 2000-2003.

What is your favorite thing about the San Francisco Bay Area?

The people, culture, and the diversity of thoughts and ideas cannot be found elsewhere. Plus you cannot beat the wonderful climate.

What is one thing you do each day to protect the environment?

Recycle. I love that this is a habit for Bay Area residents. I hope this way of life and system catches everywhere in this country.


Meet Phil McGrew: Bay Photographer

Phil McGrew is a friend of Save The Bay who shares his love of the Bay through his incredible photographs. As you’ll see when you receive our 2014 Save The Bay calendar, Phil has a knack for capturing particularly magical moments of the Bay and its wildlife. We are honored to feature Phil’s stunning photographs in this year’s calendar because they help to remind us every day of the specialness of the Bay we are working to save. Here is a glimpse into the life of the man behind the camera…

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How did you get started doing nature photography?
I simply enjoy the natural world more than other types of photography. To me, nature is more real and raw. Animals don’t perform for our enjoyment, they are looking to mate, eat, and not be eaten. Animals don’t care if their hair looks good and their shoulders are straight. To be able to capture and share a moment in their day brings me great satisfaction.

Why is the Bay a special area of interest for you?
Since moving to San Francisco three years ago, I have never lived and worked more than 3 blocks from the Bay. I am staring at the blue water as I write this. The Bay is small enough to see across but big enough to be an immense body of water. The amount of wildlife it supports is overwhelming.

Do you have a favorite site along the Bay?
I am still discovering areas but I very much enjoy Coyote Hills. There’s a great diversity of wildlife there.

If you could be one Bay plant or animal, what would it be and why?
I am fascinated by pelicans. Having grown up in a landlocked state, I didn’t see pelicans. They are huge birds, they are graceful in flight, and are efficient hunters. They hang out with friends and love cruising at sunset.

You take incredible photos of Bay birds and animals. Describe the process of getting those shots.
The first step is knowing where wildlife hang out and find food. Wildlife tend to forage in the morning and evening and be less active mid-day. It is sheer coincidence that photographers tend to keep a similar schedule since the light is better at those times. But, the key element is patience. It can take a significant amount of time to spot wildlife and to see it in action. I spent three days trying to photograph a pelican swallowing a fish earlier this year. It also helps to always have your camera with you.

What other activities or hobbies do you enjoy?
At the risk of sounding uninteresting, I mostly either photograph wildlife/landscapes or I’m processing those photos. I do have a pilot’s license but I’ve been a little intimidated by the mountains, wind, and fog around here.

Who is your environmental hero?
I really think the heroes are the grassroots organizations—right down to the individuals out there picking up trash. This literally happened to me today: I was walking by AT&T Park before the San Francisco Giants game and there was a small army of people picking up trash. Ignoring my mom’s advice not to talk to strangers, I asked them who they were. They were from a local biotech firm and had volunteered to pick up trash for the day. People who pick up trash along the shoreline really represent the last line of defense between land and sea.

What is one thing you do each day to protect the environment?
I recycle as much as possible. On most days, I have the opportunity to walk along the waterfront and I pick up trash when I see it.

What is your favorite Bay memory or experience?
I have two really. One is old and the other much more recent. I was in the Navy and stationed onboard a submarine. We sailed into the Bay and docked in Alameda. And while it was all work and no play, I knew I wanted to return to the Bay Area when the opportunity presented itself. My more recent memory is of one of the most brilliant sunrises I have ever seen. There was no one else around me. It was just me and a couple hundred ducks and they were completely silent and were all facing east as well. It’s as if they knew it was an incredibly rare and serene moment.

Thank you to Phil for capturing such beautiful images of the Bay, and sharing them with us in the 2014 calendar. We hope they’ll remind you of what we’ve accomplished together, and how important it is to save and restore the beauty of the Bay.

All current Save The Bay members receive their own beautiful 2014 Save The Bay calendar, featuring Phil’s stunning photographs. If you’d like your own calendar, join us today and we’ll send you one so you can enjoy incredible photographs like Phil’s throughout 2014!

Bay-A-Thon success! Thanks to you…

Bay-A-Thon BirdThank you for helping us reach our goal in our first-ever Bay-A-Thon!

We’re excited to report that 2,437 Save The Bay supporters came together to help us reach our $150,000 Bay-A-Thon goal. Every Bay-A-Thon donation will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, to double our resources to prevent inappropriate development  along the shoreline, restore wetlands, rid the Bay of toxic trash , and engage and educate volunteers through our community-based restoration programs. Thank you so much for your support!

We are making progress to protect our Bay. More than 65% of Bay Area residents now live in areas that have banned plastic bags, and more than 30% of communities have banned Polystyrene. More than 5,000 Save The Bay volunteers annually contribute invaluable time and energy planting native seedlings, and removing invasive species and trash from the shoreline. Every little bit counts toward the ultimate goal of re-establishing 100,000 acres of healthy tidal marsh around the Bay.

The 2013 Bay-A-Thon may be over, but saving the Bay is a year-round challenge. Let’s continue the momentum for a healthy Bay with these easy everyday actions:

Bring your own bag
Don’t flush medicine
Take Action
Follow Save The Bay

Thank you for doing your part to protect and restore our beloved San Francisco Bay!