OSPR is now seeking grant applications to help fund projects that enhance or restore habitat for wildlife, with available funding totaling more than $735,000 over the next three years. The images in this post are from a previously awarded project at the Point Reyes National Seashore to restore sand dunes near Abbotts Lagoon. For more information on the application process and deadlines, go to the link on the Calspillwatch profile page, then go to the “Science and Wildlife” link along the right hand navigation, then click on the “About Environmental Enhancement Fund Grant” link. @pointreyesnps @CSAC_Counties
THANK YOU to California State Parks & OSPR staff for rescuing & successfully releasing a grounded, fledging marbled murrelet on Aug. 5 at Bean Hollow State Beach! To learn more about this rescue, go to the Calspillwatch Facebook page @Castateparks Photo credit to California State Parks & OSPR staff
OSPR wildlife officers have been monitoring Whiskeytown Lake in Shasta County, where the Carr Fire destroyed dozens of boats at Oak Bottom Marina. Some sheen from the burned boats was detected but unrecoverable; active firefighting efforts in the immediate area continue.
A refrigerated railcar that sustained damage from a rockslide in the Feather River Canyon yesterday has been secured and removed; the falling rocks punctured a fuel tank onboard and diesel seeped into the steep, rocky terrain, eventually making its way to the river. Spill responders deployed boom and were able to contain the spill. OSPR crews remain on-scene monitoring the cleanup and watching for additional environmental impacts.
Don’t miss out on the 3rd Annual Grebe Festival on August 24-26 at Lake Almanor Recreation Area, during the Year of the Bird, marking the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty. This event strives to educate the importance of this bird species affected by the Lukenback Oil Spill. Northern California is home to the largest worldwide habitat and breeding ground of Western and Clark’s grebes. @audubonsociety
A cement truck rolled off a ferry near Bacon Island in the San Joaquin Delta Monday. OSPR’s NorCal Field Response Team oversaw the removal effort, which required a crane barge. The truck was successfully pulled out without incident Tuesday evening; No oil was seen in the debris. A timely response led to the hazard being removed before a busy 4th of July weekend.
The San Francisco Fire and the San Francisco Police received valuable training conducted by the USCG on the use of response trailer equipment awarded to S.F. Fire Department by OSPR. The training took place in McCovey Cove, which would help protect nearby marinas & wildlife. @uscg @sffdpio @sfpdofficial @uscg
This oil spill training video captured in Suisun Bay recently shows containment boom towed in a teardrop configuration as part of a drill. This method is applied during actual spills to recover oil before it spreads further into the environment. OSPR scientists had the opportunity to observe the simulation.
Pacific transparent, golden star sea squirts, and moss animals are just a few of the invasive species found on settling plates collected recently from San Francisco Bay. Come see them up close at the CDFW Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center through Sunday, June 10, at the fifth annual California Invasive Species Action Week. Environmental scientists with OSPR’s Marine Invasive Species Program will be on-hand to answer questions about what California is doing to protect our coast from exotic species and how you can help. @califoriadfw @sfbaymsi @grassrootsecology @uofcalifornia @bolsachica_lt @putahcreekcouncil @ebrpd @keeptahoeblue