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Ralph Nobles’ legacy will forever live on in our storied Bay Area environmental lore. Photo by: Christopher-Gardner Another giant in the battle to prevent overdevelopment of San Francisco Bay has died.  Ralph Nobles, who led the Friends of Redwood City and won the fight to protect Bair Island, passed away February 20, at the age of 94. The 2006 winner of Save The Bay’s Founding Member award...
Bay wildlife often mistake toxic pollutants like cigarette butts for food. Do you know who Altria is? Neither did I, until recently. Altria is the parent company for Philip Morris and two other tobacco companies, who rebranded back in the early 2000s. 14 years later, the tobacco industry is still trying to camouflage itself. But now they’re going way beyond a rebrand – they’re targeting the...
Since last week over 1,600 people have taken action against Cargill and told the EPA to protect the Redwood City salt ponds. Now Bay Area members of Congress are also calling on the federal government to uphold the Clean Water Act and protect the Bay. Read more in the San Mateo Daily Journal and take action below.  Tell the EPA to support the Clean Water Act and stop Cargill’s Bayfill...
Photo by: Vivian Reed On my way home from work, I plug into my iPod and crank up the volume to mask the insanely loud, ear-piercing noise BART trains make as they travel through the Transbay Tube. These days I’m listening to Jay Chou (周杰倫), Leehom Wang (王力宏), Jason Mraz, and of course Justin Timberlake — come on, what American Born Chinese (ABC) girl is not a fan of these guys? As I sank into my...
This Great Blue Heron always has fresh air entering its lungs, regardless if it’s inhaling or exhaling, because the air is streamlined and stored in multiple air sacs. Photo by: Rick Lewis Can you remember the last time you thought about your lungs? For me, most days pass without giving a pause of consideration to them. That is, until I recently visited one of our restoration sites at Eden...
UPDATE – Feb 17, 2015 We received word late this morning that Caltrans has received and installed a replacement beacon from the manufacturer, over two weeks after the San Jose Mercury News article which brought this issue to the region’s attention.  According to a Caltrans email, “The Coast Guard has confirmed that the [radar beacon] is operating normally.”  —...
Photo by: Judy Irving Happy World Wetlands Day! San Francisco Bay was dubbed a Wetland of International Importance in 2013 under an international conservation treaty called the Ramsar Convention. Wetlands serve vital functions, but are also at risk of destruction. In fact, over 64% of the world’s wetlands have been destroyed since 1900. Fortunately, local activists around the world and here in...
Bill Leimbach Save The Bay Board Member Meet Save The Bay board member Bill Leimbach. Bill is a retired partner at Deloitte & Touche, and also serves on the board of the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Contra Costa County. Do you have a favorite Bay site or experience? My wife and I enjoy San Francisco Bay overlook sites from East Bay ridges while hiking or biking. How did you get...
The Black Oystercatcher pictured here is one of many species of Bay birds impacted by the “Mystery Goo.” Photo by: Rick Lewis It has been painful over the last week to witness the impact of the “mystery goo” on birds in the Bay – a few of our staff saw the struggling birds and the people trying to help them near our restoration sites. We are so thankful that International Bird Rescue...
Unexpected flooding of Sears Point in Sonoma County brought thousands of birds to the site in late December. Photo provided by: Julian Meisler Julian Meisler is the Baylands Program Manager for Sonoma Land Trust, responsible for overseeing Sonoma Land Trust’s holdings and projects along the bay including the 2,327-acre Sears Point Wetland and Watershed Restoration Project.  When project...

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