Save The Bay’s calendar cover photo contest winner

After careful deliberation, the cover photo and images for next year’s calendar have been chosen! Congratulations to our 2018 Calendar Cover Photo Winner, Mike Oria! Mike’s photo, Day Break from Clipper Cove, highlights the Golden Gate Bridge’s lesser-known sibling, the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Day Break from Clipper Cove - Mike Oria

In addition to connecting San Francisco to the East Bay, here are some of our favorite facts about this bridge:

  1. You can bike the Bay Bridge! The 2.2 mile Alexander Zuckermann Bike Path spans between Oakland and Yerba Buena Island.
  2. The Bay Bridge has built in “corm condos” for double-crested cormorants. The eastern span of the Bay Bridge is equipped with special platforms, mirror boxes, constructed nests, and bird decoys, all meant to attract cormorants to the new habitat.
  3. The old Bay Bridge is being repurposed in creative ways. The Bay Bridge Steel Program is making materials from the old portion of the bridge available for creative reuse in civic and public art projects, like this statue at Joshua Tree National Park.

Bay Bridge Lights it Up

The Bay Lights
The Bay Lights reflect on San Francisco Bay. Photo: Warzau Wynn

Although I missed Tuesday night’s unveiling of the The Bay Lights on the Bay Bridge, it’s incredibly exciting to have such large-scale and public art visible along the Bay shoreline.  Over the next two years, an estimated 50 million people will gaze at the nightly twinkling of 25,000 LED lights, their reflection on the cool Bay waters, and how they cast an eerie glow on the fog rolling down from Twin Peaks. This kind of simple public interaction with the Bay and local landmarks is right up our alley with For The Bay.

As you’ve probably heard, For The Bay is a new initiative for us here at Save The Bay.  It’s all about providing new opportunities for Bay Area residents with ways to interact with, learn from, and explore the myriad of ways that a clean and healthy San Francisco Bay makes the region such a special place to live, work, and raise a family.

We know that 9 in 10 people in our communities think the Bay is critical to our quality of life, but only a small fraction of them ever take action to support the Bay and Bay issues.  And while events like the new Bay Bridge lights are a small first step, we’re working hard to identify as many other ways that we can engage Bay Area residents around our most magnificent resource – the Bay!

So we’ve got a question for you:  what are your favorite ways to interact with the Bay?

Weekly Roundup February 8, 2013

Sharks are top predators whose numbers are declining but great white sharks off the coast of California might be getting a break. The California Fish and Game Commission has voted to consider adding great white sharks to the state’s endangered species list, which would partially close a loophole that allows for incidental killing of great whites. Though shark hunting and shark finning are both banned in California waters, sharks are often killed accidentally in gill nets used by fishermen. With the new span of the Bay Bridge nearing completion, a giant opening party is being planned for the end of August before the new span opens to cars on September 3. Get out your running shoes and rolling blades. It’s been a particularly bad year for deadly sneaker waves in Northern California, a reminder to never let the ocean out of your sight while enjoying the beach. Also this week, the oldest known albatross at 62 hatches a chick. Considering the fact that albatrosses usually live between 12 and 40 years, that’s amazing news.

weekly roundup

San Jose Mercury News 2/7/13
Great White Sharks off Coast of California are Safer. At Least for Now
California’s Fish and Game Commission voted Wednesday to consider a petition to add great white sharks to the state’s endangered species list.
The 4-0 vote in Sacramento immediately bestowed state protection on the sharks pending a final decision, which will come in the spring of 2014 after a year of research by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

San Francisco Chronicle 2/6/13
New Bay Bridge Span Will Open with Party
The long, arduous and expensive task of building the new east span of the Bay Bridge will end with one final bridge closure that includes plans for a bash featuring a public bridge walk, 10-kilometer and half-marathon runs, a bike ride and fireworks launched from both San Francisco and Oakland.
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San Francisco Chronicle 2/6/13
Ocean Safety Reminder in a Deadly Winter
At least seven people have died on Northern California beaches this winter because they have underestimated the threat caused by storm-fueled waves, rip currents and chilly Pacific water, authorities said.
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San Jose Mercury News 2/7/13
At Age 62 Albatross Hatches a Chick
The world’s oldest-known wild bird — a 62-year-old albatross on Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean — is also a new mother.
The bird, a Laysan albatross whom biologists have named Wisdom, hatched a chick this week, her sixth in the past six years.
“If she were human, she would be eligible for Medicare in a couple of years, yet she is still regularly raising young and annually circumnavigating the Pacific Ocean,” said Bruce Peterjohn, chief of the North American bird banding program at the U.S. Geological Survey. “Simply incredible.”

Weekly Roundup January 11, 2013

weekly roundupAn oil tanker hit the Bay Bridge early this week, fortunately causing only minimal damage, with no oil spilled. The cause remains unknown, but serves as a reminder that the rules governing tankers in the Bay are not strong enough. The Bay Bridge is exempt from the San Francisco Harbor Safety Plan, which advises ships not to navigate certain areas of the Bay with less than a half-mile visibility. High tides were back this week, reminiscent of the King tides but now accompanied by especially low tides too. The last remaining commercial fishery in San Francisco Bay was in full force this week, with schools of herring arriving in numbers unseen in past decades. The fishermen were out competing with local wildlife who were happily fattening up on this local delicacy. For once, there seemed to be enough for all. San Franciscans are celebrating new waterfront parks that are opening more of the southern end of the city to the public. If you want to get up close and personal with our local wetlands, and have a good time with your family, you might want to try geocaching. Read on to learn more.

CBS SF Bay Area 1/7/13
Oil Tanker Hits Bay Bridge Tower; No Spill Reported
An empty oil tanker caused minor damage Monday when it struck a tower in the middle of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge while navigating beneath the hulking span, officials said.
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SF Chronicle 1/6/13
Dramatic tides carry great experiences
Last time around in mid-December, we called them king tides. They caused flooding in many tidal wetlands and lowlands edging San Francisco Bay. The levels of high and low tides fluctuate throughout the year, but this week’s highs mark the extreme in the next six months. In nature’s teeter-totter effect, uncommon negative low tides will follow.
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Bay Nature 1/9/13
San Francisco Bay herring running at Mission Bay
The herring are running again in San Francisco, and it’s quite a show. Commercial fishing boats cast their nets in China Basin, at the mouth of Mission Creek, in the shadow of the Giants ballpark, and dozens of anglers threw small nets from piers and wharves all along the waterfront in Mission Bay.
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SF Chronicle 1/10/13
Open future for city’s maritime past
The ghosts of San Francisco’s maritime past are getting some new company along the southern waterfront as the city works to bring people to sites previously open only to ships and seafarers.
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Bay Nature 1/5/13
Cut Off from Nature or Take the Right Cut-off?
This is part of an occasional series of posts about the geocaching adventures of Bay Nature intern Paul Epstein and his son.
The wetlands defy easy access: crucially important to migrant bird populations and the health of the Bay, they are at the same time sometimes ugly, often muddy, and likely close to large, loud, smelly highways. Dad always enjoyed the concept of wetlands, though the reality was another matter. As an undergraduate, Dad had majored in a dead language, deep inside the walls of the Humanities. Recognizing that there was a larger world out there, Dad promised himself that he would take one class, not just in the adjacent corridors of the Sciences and the Social Sciences, but actually in a different college. Setting aside optometry, Dad took exactly one course in the School of Natural Resources, Political Ecology, in which he wrote exactly one, very lengthy paper on the loss of wetlands around the bay.
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