The NewsleTTer of Save The Bay Fall 2005
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Save The Bay Launches The Bay Classroom re st or
Save The Bay launched The Bay Classroom The Bay Classroom also helps students
(www.saveSFbay.org/bayclassroom) who participate in Save The Bay’s Watershed
in August as an interactive, educational web- Education programs get the most out of their
site for students of all ages to learn about San Bay experience. Every year, Save The Bay
Francisco Bay. Features on the site include takes more than 5,000 students on a Canoes Visit Our Website
Bay history, Bay plants and animals, issues In Sloughs (pronounced “slews”) program,
affecting the Bay, a glossary, links, at-home an award-winning, on-the-water field trip that
activities and more. teaches Bay science to middle and high school
The Bay Classroom also gives visitors a students throughout the Bay Area. Join the Bay savers
chance to test their Bay knowledge. How well “Teachers can use The Bay Classroom to e-mail action network
do you know the Bay? get students excited about their outing, since a
What percentage of the Bay wetlands remain? Canoes In Sloughs trip is often a student’s first learn about the Bay in
How many San Francisco Bay species are on on-the-water experience. Exploring the web- The Bay Classroom
the Federal Endangered Species list? site in the classroom will enhance students’
What percentage of California is included in knowledge of what they experience from the sign up for exciting
San Francisco Bay’s watershed? canoe,” says Save The Bay’s Education Pro- discover The Bay outings
How many tidal cycles does the Bay experi- CoNTiNued oN page 3
ence every 24 hours?
You can find the answers to these questions The Bay Classroom offers a rich educational expe-
or take the entire quiz in The Bay Classroom. rience to anyone interested in learning about the Bay.
Member Support Brings Great Bay victories
Forty years ago, Save The Bay members of us to save it for future generations.
helped to secure a moratorium on the Runoff carrying hazardous pollution like
devastating practice of massive Bay land- mercury, bacteria, pesticides and other in-
fill that had already reduced the Bay’s dustrial toxics is one of the greatest threats
size by one-third. By convincing the to the Bay. Scientists estimate that we need
legislature and governor to create the to restore 100,000 acres of wetlands to
San Francisco Bay Conservation and make the Bay and Delta healthy again.
Development Commission (BCDC), I’m proud of our successful campaign
we stopped the Bay from being nar- that forced the U.S. Navy to clean up a
rowed to a river. toxic Superfund site on the Bay shoreline
BCDC has prevented hundreds of at Moffett Field so that wetlands can be
square miles of unnecessary landfill restored there. We’re tackling pollution
and permitted wetland restoration so people can fish, windsurf, sail and swim
and mitigation projects that will safely. We’re mobilizing thousands of
make the Bay thousands of acres adults and students to restore the shore-
David Lewis larger. It has authorized more than $14.4 line by hand. But we can’t protect the Bay
Executive Director billion in shoreline development that has without you.
spurred the region’s economic engine. Save The Bay depends on generous
It has opened up more than 900 acres support from our members to protect and
of new public access for trails, parks and restore the Bay. I hope you will remain
water recreation along more than 90 miles engaged in our fun and rewarding efforts,
of Bay shoreline for all Bay Area residents and make a generous, tax-deductible gift
to enjoy. to Save The Bay before the end of this
The Bay Area’s economy and quality year.
of life depend on a healthy and vibrant Thank you for making our work possible!
Vol. 44, No. 2 Bay, and Bay Area residents want to see it
protected. The Bay needed those Save The
editor: desirée aquino
Bay members who helped to create BCDC
Kirk Mcewen forty years ago, and the Bay still needs all
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gifts of stock are an outstanding way to help save The Bay continue its crucial work to
protect and restore san francisco Bay. donating appreciated stocks can help you avoid
capital gains taxes and receive a charitable tax deduction for the full market value of the
shares. To make a gift, please provide your broker with the following information:
our brokerage firm and their phone number: Charles schwab 1-800-435-4000
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in addition, please contact save The Bay’s development director eliza dexter at
(510) 452-9261 x106, so we may ensure that your gift is recorded accurately.
The Sandhill Crane
Sandhill cranes are one of only 15 cult for the population to recover.
crane species in the world today, and Sandhill cranes select one mate for life
the majority are endangered or near and return to the same nesting location
extinction. They are also the oldest year after year. When a pair migrates,
living species of bird, with fossils they are usually accompanied by their
dating back over 6 million years! one or two offspring from the pre-
One subspecies of crane that spends the vious mating season. However,
winter in California’s Central Valley is the sandhill cranes are very territo-
greater sandhill crane. At approximately five rial and don’t allow other sandhills
feet, the greater sandhill crane is one of the near their nesting area, not even
tallest birds in the world. Each weighs eight their young from the previous year.
to twelve pounds and has a seven foot wing- Cranes look for nesting places in
span. They are grey with a bare red patch remote wetland areas. Their large nests
on the skin of the forehead and have heavy are constructed of vegetation to form
bodies, long necks and legs. a mound surrounded by a moat. Sandhill
Cranes eat a variety of plants and ani- cranes typically lay two oval-shaped eggs, which
mals, including snails, crayfish, worms, can be twice the size of a chicken’s egg. Both
us fish and wildlife service
mice, frogs, snakes, and insects. These parents incubate the nest and raise the young.
birds do a lot of digging with their bills The sandhill crane offspring grow rapidly and
and can creep several inches below the within two and a half months, are ready to fly.
surface in search of food. Cranes have long been identified with
Listed as a Threatened Species by the beauty and vitality. In European
State of California, the survival of the greater folklore, cranes deliver babies. In
sandhill crane is imperiled by habitat loss and Japan, cranes are symbols of long
degradation and collisions with power lines life and a happy marriage. Still other cultures Sandhill Crane
in the foggy Central Valley. Greater sandhill consider cranes to be birds of peace. Grus canadensis
cranes also reproduce at a very low rate—one To learn more about Bay animals, visit: size: 37”
or two offspring a year—which makes it diffi- www.saveSFbay.org/bayclassroom range: Migratory. From
the Great Lakes to the
The Bay Classroom the Bay is a home to fish and wildlife seems to west coast, north to British
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make the ecosystem more ‘real’ to them.” And Columbia, Alaska and
Carol Gray, executive director of the Center eastern Siberia
grams Manager Jessica Parsons. for Venture Philanthropy added, “This new food: Snails, worms, frogs,
Response to The Bay Classroom has been Save The Bay classroom is just fabulous! I am insects
extremely positive. Former San Francisco so excited about it and particularly the way
Mayor Frank Jordan noted, “Excellent that you are embracing the building blocks for
Bay Classroom information on your web creating environmental stewards. Really beauti-
site. Makes good reading for everyone, not ful presentation and extremely rich, engaging
just students. Congratulations!” Teacher content. I am hooked!”
Charlie Stephen commented, “I like your To keep visitors coming back, The Bay
website and will use it with my students. Classroom will host monthly “Creature Fea-
Over my twenty years as an educator, I’ve tures” about Bay wildlife, more quizzes and
found that students K through 8 respond surveys as well as updated information about
best to living things in the Bay; the notion that current issues facing the Bay.
english Channel Swimmers
Raise Funds for Save The Bay
Swimming the English Channel takes phe- closures when contamination of the water
nomenal skill, energy, time and dedication. exceeds safe levels. AB 1876 was signed
But it also takes money. Swimmers who into law by the Governor late last year.
take on the ultimate swimming challenge “We were deeply honored by the co-
of the English Channel must find money mittment shown by Brian, Neal and Tom
to pay for their to our work and to
transpor tation, San Francisco Bay.
accommodations, As they prepared
registration, the over the past year
crew who guide for this important
them on their and difficult swim,
swim, and more. they somehow
So Tom Keller, found the time
Neal Rayner, and and energy to let
Brian Herrick, their community of
who all swam the friends and family
Channel in August, Brian Herrick (left), Tom Keller (middle) know that the Bay
decided to do a joined fellow Dolphin Club member Neal Rayner waters in which
little fundraising. (right) in completing the Channel crossing this year. they trained should
In addition to raising money for their swim, be celebrated, protected and restored.
they also raised money for Save The Bay. Save The Bay deeply thanks all of them
“The swim was directly relevant to Save for raising funds for, and awareness of our
The Bay’s work. We prepared for the Eng- work, through their amazing journey!”
lish Channel by swimming in the Bay,” says Save The Bay’s Development Direc-
noted Keller. tor Eliza Dexter.
Thousands of people use more than 50 Hosting two fundraising parties, the trio
beaches surrounding the Bay for activities pledged 25% of their net proceeds to Save
like swimming. To make Bay beaches safer The Bay. Working with Dexter, they raised
for people, Save The Bay sponsored Assem- over $5200.
bly Bill 1876 to require regular, uniform All three swimmers completed the
water quality monitoring at Bay beaches, English Channel swim, a cold, current-
and posting health advisories or beach swept 21-miles from England to France,
in under 14 hours. They credit the sup-
port, training and facilitation of the San
Francisco Dolphin Club (www.dolphin-
club.org) with much of their success. Es-
their names to the
tablished in 1877, The Dolphin Club has
list of Channel
grown to approximately 950 members.
“They are a great resource that continues
the ceiling of
to support Bay swimmers,” adds Keller.
the White Horse
To learn more about their swims, visit:
Pub in Dover.
Bay Resident Walks around the Bay
On October 12, runner will do it in two days flat,” he
Roy McCandless declares.
completed a Although McCandless says, “I walk
walking circuit around the Bay to walk around the Bay,”
of San Francisco his walks were in support of one friend’s
Bay, becoming efforts to raise funds and awareness for
only the third the Walk to Cure Diabetes, which supports
person known the Juvenile Diabetes Research Founda-
to have walked tion. To learn more about McCandless’s
entirely around the estuary. On a series of feat, visit his website:
hikes with his children, McCandless realized http://home.earthlink.net/~rayo04.
that walking around the From his experience,
Bay was possible and a good McCandless has very
way to set an example for clear ideas about how
his kids, so he decided to to continue saving the
go for it. He believes he Bay. “The survival of
has set a record by walk- the Bay depends on
ing around the Bay in 12 restoration of marsh-
non-consecutive days. lands, prevention of
“I seem to be the third further pollution, and
person to walk around the increases in freshwater
Bay, at least in document- from the Sacramento
ed history. If and when the River. There are no
Bay Trail becomes a full alternatives. Without
loop around the Bay, this those, the Bay is just a
is going to become a fad. Roy McCandless completed a walk big bathtub,” he says.
People will be aiming around the Bay in October and is To find out where
for the shortest time, already planning to break his record. you can walk on the
seeing if they can do it in Bay shoreline, visit:
the largest group, or running it in extraor- http://baytrail.abag.ca.gov/
dinary costumes. Some ultra-marathon
Governor Schwarzenegger Signs
the San Francisco Bay Water Trail Bill
save The Bay proudly supported this new law au-
thored by Berkeley assemblywoman loni hancock.
it requires that the California Coastal Conservancy
and the san francisco Bay Conservation and
development Commission develop a plan that en-
hances existing water-oriented recreational areas
throughout the Bay, and create new recreational opportunities. The water trail could
link existing access for watercraft, and identify priority areas for enhanced access
infrastructure, such as launches and docks. The water trail will be developed using
extensive guidelines on how to create public access facilities that protect wildlife.
restoring the bay
Restoring Native eelgrass in the Bay
Save The Bay announces our newest res- at restoration sites. This spring, volunteers
toration partnership project—restoring will monitor how well seeds are sprouting
native eelgrass (Zostera marina) beds and growing.
in San Francisco Bay. Once abundant This is a collaboration between Katharyn
in our estuary, eelgrass is submerged Boyer’s lab at San Francisco State’s Rom-
aquatic vegetation that is habitat for berg-Tiburon Center for Environmental
algae, invertebrates, and fish. Studies and Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria at the
The project involves collect- University of Washington, with guidance
ing flowering shoots from exist- from Natalie Cosentino-Manning at the
ing eelgrass beds and placing NOAA Fisheries Restoration Center in San-
them in mesh bags. The bags ta Rosa. The NOAA Restoration Center,
are then hung from buoys at NOAA Cooperative Institute for Coastal
restoration sites, allowing seeds and Estuarine Environmental Technology
to drop to the Bay floor where Program, and California Coastal Conser-
they will sprout and grow. vancy are supporting the project.
This past summer, San Fran- To volunteer, contact Jocelyn Gretz
cisco State University graduate at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.452.9261
Save The Bay staff students, National Oceanic and Atmospher- x109. No experience is necessary, but you
member Marilyn Latta ic Administration (NOAA), and Save The should be comfortable on boats, wearing a
hangs mesh seed bags in Bay staff and volunteers monitored exist- wetsuit, and being submerged up to chest
San Pablo Bay. ing eelgrass beds and installed the buoys height in the Bay.
Prevent Pollution at First Flush
What you can do:
Fall is here, and that means the first major rainfalls of the season. Rain runoff brings
with it pollution from cars, streets and curbs, and chemicals from lawns, pesticides
and insecticides, which flow into the Bay untreated. This first, large accumulation of
pollutants carried through storm drains is called “First Flush.” There are simple
things each of us can do to limit urban runoff to the Bay.
Buy nontoxic cleaners and use sparingly.
Properly store all toxic products.
Take hazardous materials to a household hazardous waste facility.
Clean up toxic spills.
Properly dispose of used motor oil and antifreeze.
Have your car maintained regularly to check for leaks.
Use public transportation.
Take your car to a car wash rather than washing it at home.
Do not use harmful herbicides or pesticides on your lawn or in your garden.
Sweep up lawn clippings rather than hosing them down the gutter.
Divert hoses and spouts to grass.
Pick up animal waste and dispose of properly.
supporting the bay
blue Benefit a Great Success
Thank you for making blue, Save live and silent auctions, fine wine and
The Bay’s annual fundraiser, a tre- food and beautiful views of the Bay at
mendous success! Your generosity the Port of San Francisco’s Pier One.
raised over $54,000 for Save The We would like to offer special thanks
Bay and will enhance our efforts to to Frank Bizzarro and his auction
celebrate, protect and restore San team, Quivira Vineyards, Kenwood
Francisco Bay. W i n e r i e s , Lagunitas Brewing
Two hundred and fifty guests enjoyed the Company and all event sponsors.
Guests enjoy a break in
SPONSORS the bidding at blue.
Bay Champion Media Partner Venue Sponsor
Bay Guardians Remy Thomas, Moose and Manley, LLP Kaufman and Logan, LLP
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Michael Katz and Mary A. Ilyin
Kiehl’s SInce 1851 Bay Supporters Kathryn Morelli
PG&E Alioto’s Restaurant Mal Warwick & Associates
Roche Ralph Benson Oracle
Weed Farms Blue & Gold Fleet Response Management Technologies
Briscoe, Ivester & Bazel, LLP The Rosebud Agency
Bay Heroes California Canoe & Kayak SB Tech
Ferry Building & Equity Office John Carlstroem and Natasha Stillman Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger
Jones & Stokes Jody London Consulting Storefront Political Media
Ron and Sandy Linder John Wise Pete and Karen Weber
A16 Ella’s Restaurant Moylan’s Brewery and Restaurant
Adventure Cat Sailing Charters Etude Wines No Enemy
Aerial Archives Felicia Madsen Noonan’s Bar and Grill
Amanda Bliss Fenton’s Creamery Oakland Athletics
Ananda Fuara Staff and Management Filippos Berkeley Oakland Museum of California
Anderson Valley Brewing Company Firefly Restaurant Oakland Zoo
Anita Gonzalez and Bob Roberts Fish. Olympic Circle Sailing Club
Bay Area Theater Sports Foreign Cinema Opera San Jose
Bay Nature 4th Street Yoga Owen Byrd and Patrick Brock
Berkeley Racing Canoe Center Frances Geballe Pacific Coast Brewing Company
Bissap Baobab Frank Bizzarro of Bizzarro’s Auto Auctions Peter Michael Winery
Blowfish Sushi To Die For Frog’s Leap Plane Spotter
Book Passage Frontier Ford of Santa Clara PunchLine Comedy Club
Burger Meister Funky Door Yoga Quivira Vineyards
Cakebread Cellars Grand Café Ridge Vineyards
California Landscape Service HBO Robin Wright-Penn
California Symphony Hennessy House San Francisco Giants
Canto Do Brazil International Orange San Francisco Marriott Hotel
Chaya Brasserie Janet Cobb San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Chez Panisse Jaynes Street Associates San Jose Marriott Hotel
Chez Spencer Jody London San Jose Sharks
Christin Coy John and Nancy Mengshol Sandy and Ron Linder
Christopher Richard JoJo Restaurant Semifreddi’s
Clair Brown and Richard Katz Joyce Harrington Sherrill Miller
Cleo Vilett Kenwood Wineries Simply Balanced
Clorox Lagunitas Brewing Company Skates on the Bay
Core Pilates Levin Law Group Stephen and Penelope Thompson
Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp M. Eliza Dexter Sunset Sauna and Massage
Crème de la Crème Mani Pedi Nail Spa Sylvia McLaughlin
Diane Feissel Marin Brewing Company Tabitha Soren
Dirk Rosen Martin Rosen Tanya Joyce
Doug and Jane Ferguson Matanzas Creek Winery The Could Life, LLC
Duarte’s Tavern Maureen Sheehy and Steve Catton The Watershed Nursery
Earth Share of California Michael Lewis The Weber Family
Eileen Boken of the Sunset-Parkside Modern Express Courier Trader Joe’s of San Francisco
Education and Action Committeee (SPEAK) Molly Stone of Cohn-Stone Studios Tropix Carribean Restaurant
Elephant Pharmacy Moon Mountain Vineyard Wendy Tokuda
Elisa Harms Mountain Hardware Zee Zee Mott
For more outings or to register on-line, visit our website:
www.saveSFbay.org or call our office: (510)452-9261 x109.
2 Sat., Dec. 3 | Martin Luther King, Jr.
Shoreline Restoration Project Lend
Sat., Jan. 21 | Marin Islands Restoration
Stewardship Paddle Spend the day
Message from the
Executive Director a hand planting native marsh seedlings in our kayaking and doing valuable habitat restora-
3 native plant nursery. During the winter rainy
season, we will plant these seedlings along the
tion at a unique island site that is normally
off-limits to the public.
Sandhill Crane Martin Luther King, Jr. Shoreline.
Sat., Jan. 28 | Martin Luther King, Jr.
4/5 Sat., Dec. 3 | Marin Islands Restoration
Stewardship Paddle Paddle out to the
Shoreline Restoration Project It’s
planting season, and we need your help!
Swim for the Bay,
Bay Walker, beautiful Marin Islands and help remove Please join us to help plant more than 10,000
Bay Water Trail
invasive French broom to improve habitat for native marsh seedlings along the Martin Lu-
nesting birds Experience this unique island ther King, Jr. Shoreline.
6 site that is usually off-limits to the public.
Sat., Feb. 4 | Brooks Island Kayak You
First Flush Sat., Dec. 10 | San Francisquito Creek know of Angel and Alcatraz, Treasure and
Wetlands Restoration Project Help Alameda, but have you ever been on Brooks
7 us grow seedlings in our Palo Alto native plant
nursery. This winter, we will transplant the
Island? Enjoy a gentle kayak paddle across a
protected inlet, then journey on foot around
seedlings to the banks of San Francisquito Creek. this two mile-long island just off of Richmond.
Sat., Jan 14 | Birds of the Bay at Sat., Feb. 11 | Valentine’s Day Schooner
Charleston Slough Spend the morning Sail Celebrate your love for the Bay on an
strolling along the banks of Charleston Slough afternoon cruise aboard the Gaslight, a beau-
in Mountain View. Discover what the winter tiful replica of an historic San Francisco scow
migration brings to this part of the South Bay. schooner.
Save The Bay celebrates, NON PrOFit Org.
protects and restores U. S. POStAge PAid
San Francisco Bay by Save San Francisco Bay Association OAklANd, CA
350 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 900
waging successful advocacy Oakland, CA 94612 Permit NO. 3965
campaigns and building
the community’s connection
to the Bay through hands-on
watershed education and