From our blogs

U.S. Geological Survey Study Finds Steep Decline In Amphibians

(via Refuge Friends NewsWire)

A new U.S. Geological Survey study, using data collected at national wildlife refuges and other sites, found a steep drop in the numbers of frogs, toads and salamanders across the country. The study shows widespread species declines even in protected areas such as refuges.

Gray wolf no longer considered an endangered species

(via Refuge Friends NewsWire)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to remove the gray wolf (Canis lupus) from the list of threatened and endangered species. The proposal comes after a comprehensive review confirmed successful recovery after management actions undertaken by federal, state and local partners following the wolf’s listing under the Endangered Species Act more than three decades ago.

The Service is also proposing to maintain protection and expand recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) in the Southwest, where it remains endangered.

Get To Know Contest - April 8, 2013 - November 1, 2013

Get To Know Contest - April 8, 2013 - November 1, 2013

The Contest invites you to get outside and create original works of art, writing, photography, videography and music inspired by nature. Get Outdoors and “Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors”. The goal is to be as creative as possible. For inspiration, come to the refuge and take part in one, or all of the programs listed below. Submit your work for a chance to win cool prizes. Get started today!

Go to for more information. View some entries already submitted!

National Fishing & Boating Week • June 1 - 9, 2013

National Fishing & Boating Week - June 1 - 9, 2013

Learn how to fish on the Dumbarton Fishing Pier in Fremont!

Saturday, June 8, 2013 9:00 a.m. – noon

Have you ever wanted to try fishing but didn’t know how to begin? Learn the fundamental basics of catch-and- release fishing at the Dumbarton fishing pier! Discover the types of wildlife living in the San Francisco Bay, learn the safety and ethics of fishing, and then try your luck out on the pier with our fishing poles.

All equipment will be provided. All participants receive free box with tackle. No fishing license needed. Space is limited to 50 people. You must arrive at 9 a.m. to participate. Please come on time. Reservations required. Call 510-792-0222 ext. 363 for reservations.

Notices for Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge

Detour to the Environmental Education Center in Alviso: Sections of Zanker Rd and Los Esteros Rd will be closed due to the installation of underground utilities. Exit at North 1st St from Hwy 237, right on Nortech, and left onto Disk Dr, and right onto Grand Blvd.

The Environmental Education Center in Alviso will be closed for the summer beginning June 17 for building renovations. Construction is expected to last until September 9. Trails remain open during daylight hours and weekend programs will continue. Check the website for updates.

Mallard Slough Trail near the Environmental Education Center in Alviso is now open. Trek the new alignment of the trail.

A small trail section of Bair Island is now open to the public! After several years, this restoration project is nearing completion. Access to the trail is available through the new pedestrian bridge by the parking lot on Bair Island Road. Check the Don Edwards Refuge website for updates and new regulations.

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan is now available for download at ccp.cfm. A limited number of CDs and paper copies is also available by contacting Winnie Chan, refuge planner, at or calling her at 510-792-0222.

Endangered Species Day - May 18, 2013

Endangered Species Day  - May 18, 2013

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act and take a tour of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR’s Warm Springs Unit. This unit is normally closed to the public.

When: May 18, 2013

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Description: Take this tour on Endangered Species Day and hear how the Endangered Species Act protects threatened and endangered species like the California tiger salamander, vernal pool tadpole shrimp, and the Contra Costa goldfield. Wildflower blooms and dipping for California tiger salamander larvae will be dependent on the amount of rain received in the winter.

Call Kirsten at 510-792-0222 ext 362 for reservations. Space is extremely limited and reservations are required. Driving directions will be emailed once reservations are confirmed.

Earth Day Service Day - Apr 20, 2013

Earth Day Service Day - Apr 20, 2013

Earth Day Service Day Saturday, April 20, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Help us protect wildlife and the environment while enjoying great Bay views!

11th Annual Going Native Garden Tour - Apr 20/21, 2013

11th Annual Going Native Garden Tour - Apr 20/21, 2013

Visit gardens at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center in Alviso and other local gardens during the eleventh annual Going Native garden tour.

Saturday April 20, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Southern Gardens

Sunday April 21, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Northern Gardens

Watching Our Watersheds now available!

By Julie Kahrnoff

A powerful, interactive and free educational tool is now available for educators everywhere, and for visitors to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. If you’re curious about the creeks, baylands, and urban drainage networks, or would like to teach your students about the local watershed, this computer program using satellite technology may be just the tool.

Watching Our Watersheds (WOW) is a project to map the creeks, urban drainage networks, watersheds, baylands, and points of interest in Santa Clara Valley. Anyone can now download these maps and view them interactively through Google Earth.

These maps have many layers including past landscapes of the San Francisco Bay. With WOW you can compare the waterways and habitats of the late 1800s to the present-day landscape. Within the maps exist points of interest such as diaries of Forty Niners who stopped in San José on their way to and from the gold mines, lists of birds and plants from early botanists and ornithologists, and some of the earliest landscape photography taken in the state. Archives were searched for every photograph, map, and manuscript revealing aspects of the Santa Clara Valley’s former ecological landscape. Each map comes with a User’s Guide to navigating in Google Earth and answers to FAQs about the WOW project and the individual layers in the map. The maps cover western, central and southern Santa Clara County.