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Cigarette butts are toxic, plastic trash that threaten wildlife and impact water quality. On Monday night, the Foster City Council gave tentative approval for smoking restrictions in the city’s public areas. Soon, people will not be allowed to smoke in city parks, shopping areas, bus stops, sidewalks, and other outdoor spaces. The city is also considering restricting smoking in multiunit...
Dig in your hands, move ‘em about, and voila, an earthworm is winding through your muddy fingers! You’re 7 years old and grinning as wide as a crescent moon. “Loooook, Mom!” Excitement for nature is not hard to imagine at age 7. We are amazed by everything! And why shouldn’t we be? The world is one incredible place, and there are so many ways to explore (and get muddy). Save The Bay’s...
I just got back from a week-long backpacking trip in the High Sierras, and what I saw shocked me. It’s impossible to escape news that California is in the midst of a terrible drought, but it took spending five days in the backcountry of Inyo National Forest and Kings Canyon National Park to give me perspective on just how dire the water situation in our state really is.  Creeks and rivers that...
Save The Bay’s Restoration Program Manager, Jon Backus, and his father, Paul, like to enjoy the beauty of the Bay by sailing to the Berkeley Marina. The warm summer sun had burnt off the fog lingering above the San Francisco Bay on a bright beautiful Sunday afternoon in June. It was a perfect day to get out on the water and go sailing. My father and I had been talking of sailing together...
You don’t need a plane ticket for an island getaway. Angel Island offers one of the island adventures you could have in San Francisco Bay. Photo: Jerry Ting If you’ve been dreaming of a summer escape to an island paradise, but your piggy bank has other ideas, take heart. We’ve got our own islands right here in San Francisco Bay. You may even catch a balmy breeze, watch palm trees sway,...
Donna Ball inspires us all as Save The Bay’s Habitat Restoration Director. I grew up in an era when a college degree was considered a luxury and not a necessity for women and when it was just becoming acceptable for women to pursue careers in ‘male-dominated’ positions that required math and science. For example, my father refused to pay for a college education because I would ‘just get...
Our Board members took some time before their June meeting to transplant native seedlings at our Palo Alto Baylands Nursery. They really loved getting their hands dirty and learning more about our restoration education programs! Board members Si White and Ron Gonzales and Executive Director David Lewis (center) transplant gumplant (Grindelia stricta). Photo: Betsy Cardis   Board members...
The former Cullinan Ranch, soon to be back part of San Francisco Bay (via restorecullinan.info) Cullinan Ranch is a 1500-acre parcel of former tidal marsh at the top of San Pablo Bay, part of the Napa River Delta. As you can see from the map at right, it is an important puzzle piece in the sprawling restoration of the whole northern part of San Francisco Bay, work that has been described as an...
Have you biked past a pile of trash like this? Be sure to report it. Photo: Melanie Wong Before we get started there are a few things you should know about my relationship to bicycles. First off, my bike is the most expensive thing I own. I have been known to show up at Peet’s Coffee at 5:30am wearing spandex, I don’t ride anywhere without my bike computer, and I will even eat some of that goop...
Earlier this month, my fellow restoration specialist and I had the privilege to lead a restoration education program with My City School, a new school in San Francisco created for students with mild to moderate learning disabilities. I was contacted by the school’s coordinator, also a parent and founder, who inspired me with her story of how she sought out a way to provide a better learning...

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"A team of colleagues from Juniper Networks joined you all at San Francisquito Creek in late December, and even though it was a wet and chilly day, we had a great time planting seedlings. It was great to see how much my colleagues and friends loved participating, and just about everyone is clamoring for another volunteer stint in the spring. Thanks Save the Bay!" --Carolyn

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