I have loved salt marshes ever since I first stepped into one during a college wetlands class in Washington. I breathed in earthy scents. I felt mud squish beneath my boots. I watched birds fly low over the water. Now, the Bay wetlands nourish my spirit, and I am truly grateful they are the place I call home.
As the Habitat Restoration Director at Save The Bay, I am proud that my work leading volunteer and education programs can directly benefit nearby wildlife. Our efforts provide critical habitat for endangered species like the salt marsh harvest mouse. But we never lose sight of the big picture.
Recently, we collaborated with other scientists on the Oro Loma Horizontal Levee Project – an innovative levee that mimics wetland habitats. Our expert restoration team joined more than 5,000 Save The Bay volunteers to construct the site’s giant outdoor nursery and plant more than 70,000 native seedlings.
The potential benefits are profound, since wetland marshes act like sponges, soaking up water as it rises. If replicated, this horizontal levee model could provide extensive flood protection and create thousands of acres of habitat around San Francisco Bay.
Right now, our Bay faces a triple threat of pollution, sea-level rise and habitat loss. Scientists estimate it needs 100,000 acres of wetlands to be healthy and sustainable. Today, only 40,000 acres exist.
With sincere thanks,
Habitat Restoration Director
I am excited to introduce myself as the new Restoration Education Specialist for Save The Bay. I am very grateful to be a part of a passionate and talented team dedicated to the protection and restoration of the tidal marsh wetlands of the San Francisco Bay.
Studying Environmental Studies and Sociology was certainly part of the reason I became an environmental educator and environmental justice activist. My main source of inspiration? Reading Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv . In his thought-provoking book, Louv connects the rising trends of childhood obesity, depression and attention disorders to a decrease in spending time outside. I want to inspire people of all ages to unplug, at least for a bit each day. I want to encourage them to slow down, be present, and explore the outdoors with friends, family and the surrounding critters.
I am coming to Save The Bay with over 7 years of experience working as an environmental educator with people of all ages and backgrounds. I have experience working with marine invertebrates, teaching about marine ecology and inspiring an ocean conservation ethic. I also worked as a Naturalist teaching lessons about sustainability, ecology, organic gardening, alternative forms of energy, and natural history through experiential lessons hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
For the past two years, I had the incredible opportunity to work with Education Outside as the instructor at Cleveland Elementary in San Francisco. I managed the school garden, as well as sustainability programs on campus and throughout the community. My favorite moments as an educator in these roles were when students found something that interested them, slowed down, observed, asked questions, and remained in awe. They were completely present. Not worried about anything. Simply inspired by the beauty and wonder of nature - whether staring at the ocean, standing in a redwood forest, or spotting a small plant growing in the cracks of a sidewalk. These are precisely the moments that inspire people of all ages to become environmental stewards.
I am so excited to bring my passion as an educator to Save The Bay. I am looking forward to leading education, public and corporate Restoration Programs at our sites and engaging folks in hands-on restoration work. I will also be working on updating Save The Bay’s curriculum to include lessons and activities aligned with Next Generation Science Standards for each grade level. I am thrilled that I’ll get to develop Climate Change curriculum for middle and high school students.
How lucky are we to live in a breathtaking urban area that’s so close to vibrant wildlife habitats? I am looking forward to working on the restoration of our tidal marshes. I encourage everyone to come and volunteer at one of our volunteer events and help the Bay Area remain ecologically diverse and resilient!
See you in the marsh!
San Francisco Bay is home to more than 7 million people and is the largest, most valuable estuary on the West Coast. Facebook’s headquarters is located right on the Bay’s beautiful shoreline, and the company has shown its commitment to protecting local habitat and ecosystems —from the innovative 9-acre green roof at its Menlo Park campus to its broader efforts in the Bay Area.
By sponsoring Bay Day 2017, Facebook is helping people all around the Bay celebrate its iconic role in our community, and inspiring us all to better protect this shared natural wonder. Bay Day is San Francisco Bay’s new regional Earth Day. This Bay Day – Saturday, October 7th – is an opportunity to inspire positive environmental actions by connecting communities with immersive, Bay-themed educational and recreational activities.
This is not the first time Facebook and Save The Bay have partnered to protect the Bay. This June, 350 enthusiastic Facebook volunteers came out for a massive Intern Service Day at Bair Island, bringing their incredible work ethic to our three-acre Inner Bair Island restoration site. Facebook’s volunteers completed 100 days of restoration work in just one day.
At Save The Bay, Facebook’s platforms are vital to everything we do, from spreading the word about the Bay-spanning events this Bay Day to engaging citizens with our vision of a clean and healthy Bay.
This Saturday, October 7th, Facebook’s sponsorship is supporting volunteer restoration events in Redwood City and Palo Alto, and a total of 70 community events around the Bay. And for people and families who can’t make it to one of these public celebrations – Facebook helped us launch My Bay Day Adventure Guide, an interactive, online guide to experience Bay Day from your mobile device. I love how the My Bay Day experience helps people to discover the Bay in a new way, through each of our senses, and hope you and your family enjoy it too.
Save The Bay is proud of our partnership with Facebook, and we are grateful for all the company does to protect San Francisco Bay and the communities that call the area home. Together, we can ensure a healthy and resilient Bay for generations to come.
Every day, I’m grateful for the privilege of living and working in the Bay Area: its stunning views, natural wonders, vibrant cities and diverse communities. San Francisco Bay connects us all in one way or the other.
While it would be easy to take our surroundings for granted, Bay Day reminds us of the beauty and uniqueness of the San Francisco Bay and the ecological imperative to take action to protect it. That’s why PG&E is excited to celebrate the second annual Bay Day on October 7, and proud to be a lead sponsor – it’s a wonderful event with an important purpose.
Climate change and rising sea levels threaten San Francisco Bay and the communities that call the Bay Area home. As the ecological and economic heart of our region, the Bay’s resiliency in the face of climate change, extreme weather and population pressures must be a priority for us all.
Here at PG&E, we’re committed to leading by example when it comes to climate change. That means adapting our operations and infrastructure to changing climate conditions, as well as supporting efforts at the local level to make the communities we serve more resilient. We’re also leading the way in providing clean energy to our customers, with nearly 70% of our energy derived from sources that don’t emit greenhouse gases.
Just a few weeks ago I was pleased to lead my team on a volunteer restoration event with Save The Bay at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Shoreline in Oakland. We were welcomed by passionate and knowledgeable Save The Bay staff, and make no mistake, staffers Kenneth and Silas put us right to work! Not only did PG&E employee volunteers remove nearly 1,300 pounds of invasive plant species in just a few hours, we also learned about the vital role tidal wetlands play in protecting the shoreline from flooding and rising tides. Our team was energized by our work, and we left the day feeling proud we played a part in protecting and beautifying San Francisco Bay. A win-win for all involved!
To help everyone enjoy our amazing Bay Area, PG&E has sponsored My Bay Day Adventure Guide: an interactive, online guide that will help you take advantage of all the Bay has to offer.
The more we celebrate our beautiful Bay, the more committed we will collectively be to its healthy future. As a member of the Save The Bay Board of Directors, a Bay Area resident and a fellow advocate for the environment, I invite you to take time on October 7 to celebrate this important day and give back to the region that offers us so much. Together, we can leave a beautiful and resilient San Francisco Bay for generations to come.