Free AIS Workshop
The New Zealand Mudsnail (Credit USGS)
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), aquatic invasive species (AIS) - also known as "exotic", "nonindigenous" or "non-native" species - are "aquatic organisms that invade ecosystems beyond their natural, historic range." Why are they important? Because their presence may harm our native ecosystems. The Bay Area is particularly vulnerable because of its wide diversity of water bodies, ranging from the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean, from the historic Guadalupe River to ephemeral streams, from large storage reservoirs to small agricultural stock ponds. To find out how you can help prevent the inadvertent spread of AIS, consider attending the free workshop on November 18, 2015, co-facilitated by USFWS and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Click here for registration information.
A Mammoth Find
Image: Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose
In 2005, GCRCD Board President and citizen scientist Roger Castillo and his dog Jenna found a bone from a Columbian mammoth while walking along the Guadalupe River. Ten years later, the find has been commemorated with a beautiful (and enormous!) sculpture.
Silicon Valley's Wildlife
In 2014, the Guadalupe-Coyote Resource Conservation District commissioned wildlife photographer Greg Kerekes to produce a series of videos featuring the wildlife living in the Santa Clara Valley. The first one - The Gray Foxes of Silicon Valley - was released in February 2015, and features GCRCD Director Bill "The Fox Guy" Leikam, who has spent years researching the urban gray fox that inhabits the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Reserve. Check out our video on YouTube, and prepare to be fascinated by these beautiful and intelligent creatures.
Our Next Regular Board Meeting
The Guadalupe-Coyote Resource Conservation District (GCRCD)Board of Directors regularly meets monthly, on the second Monday of the month. The October meeting has been cancelled. The next meeting will be held Monday, November 9, 2015, in the District offices, located at 888 North 1st Street, Room 204, San Jose, CA 95112. Public session begins at 6:00 p.m. The agenda is posted here when it becomes available.
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