Places to Go, Things to Do

Places to Go & Things to Read

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September 23
Birds and Bats at Lake Chabot Kid-friendly trek at dusk, in search of winged vertebrates (no pterodactyls.)

September 23-24
Migrant Landbirds Worksop
Master the confusing fall warblers with San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory naturalists.

September 24
Bay+Delta+Water: Better Together: Half-day conference on freshwater flows in the Estuary
at the Antioch Community Center, presented by the Association of Bay Area Governments, Friends of the Estuary, and the Delta Counties Coalition.

September 25
Tidal Wetland Restoration Field Trip at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve, Hayward: Visit a key component of the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project; hear speakers from the California Coastal Conservancy, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Contact Heidi Nutters (415)338-3511

October 4
Gardening for Native Bees Workshop at East Bay Wilds Native Plant Nursery with Elsa Zisook and Pete Veilleux.

October 4-5
Native Here Nursery Plant Fair. Learn about native plants and find something appropriate for your garden, propagated in Tilden Regional Park. Family Day activities on October 5.

October 9
San Francisco Bay Gala
a benefit for The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay, at the Aquarium, marking its fifth year as a nonprofit.

October 14
Annual meeting of the San Francisco Estuary Institute’s Regional Monitoring Program at Berkeley’s David Brower Center
Details will be available shortly; meanwhile, contact Ellen Willis-Norton ([email protected]) or Meg Sedlak ([email protected]).

October 17-19
UC California Naturalist Program Conference, Pacific Grove. The first statewide conference for this innovative environmental-education program.

October 22-24
Water Education Foundation Sacramento Valley tour
featuring the Feather River Fish Hatchery, the Clear Creek restoration site, and a houseboat cruise on Lake Shasta. Topics will include water supply, groundwater management, and salmon restoration.

October 28-30
Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference, Sacramento. This year’s theme: “Making Connections.”

November 6-7
Water Education Foundation San Joaquin River Restoration Tour
including Friant Dam, Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and Mendota Pool. Tour begins and ends in Fresno.

November 14
VIP tour of Santa Clara Valley Water District sites (itinerary to be announced.)

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November 20
Annual shorebird survey. Volunteers needed to help the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory census the Bay’s plovers, sandpipers, and snipe.

Music & Movies

Watershed: Music Inspired by the Place that Connects Us: A forthcoming CD sponsored by Marin County’s Gallinas Watershed Council, featuring bluegrass-rooted singer and multi-instrumentalist Laurie Lewis, New Acoustic Music pioneer Darol Anger, and banjo innovator Evie Ladin. To support the project and reserve a copy, contact Carla Koop:

Bay-Delta Blogs &

Maven’s Notebook

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Books in Print or Forthcoming

Chasing Water: A Guide for Moving from Scarcity to Sustainability by Brian Richter (Island Press). Demystifying water management for local stakeholders.

Wilderburbs: Communities on Nature’s Edge by Lincoln Branwell (University of Washington Press, September.) Is the urban/wilderness interface the best of both worlds, or a hybrid nightmare? Water, wildfire, wildlife, and other dilemmas of these growing—metastasizing?—residential developments.

Field Guide to Grasses of California by James P. Smith, Jr. (University of California Press, September.) Newest addition to the splendid California Natural History Guides series, with clear photographs and user-friendly identification keys.

Wonderments of the East Bay by Sylvia Linsteadt and Malcolm Margolin (Heyday Books, October.) In a follow-up to Margolin’s East Bay Out, essays celebrate the natural wonders of the 80-year-old East Bay Regional Park system.

California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists by Gordon W. Frankie, Robbin W. Thorp, Rollin E. Coville, and Barbara Erttter (Heyday Books, October.) How to recognize and encourage these indispensable pollinators of native plants, with Coville’s extraordinary close-up photographs.

Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America by Guy Baldassare (Johns Hopkins University Press, October.) Second revision of a classic waterfowl reference, lavishly illustrated.

California Mushrooms: The Comprehensive Identification Guide by Dennis E. Desjardin, Michael G. Wood, and Frederick A. Stevens (Timber Press, coming soon.) Profiles and illustrations of over 1100 mushroom species: the good, the bad, and the bizarre.

How to Read the American West: A Field Guide by William Wyckoff (University of Washington Press). Not the kind of field guide you stuff in your backpack; a large-format introduction to the West’s landforms, watersheds, economic domains, and subcultures, lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps.

On the Web

Considering Multiple Features: Scenario Planning to Address Uncertainty in Natural Resource Conservation by Erika L. Rowland, Molly S. Cross, and Holly Hartman. A new report from the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Conservation Society, introducing scenario planning for resource managers coping with climate change.

“Out of Sight, but Not Out of Mind: California Refocuses on Groundwater” by Thomas Harter and Helen Dahlke. Part of a special issue of California Agriculture.

Essays on the California drought by Phil Isenerg, Gerald Meral, Michael Dettinger, and Daniel R. Cayan in San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science.