We’ve enjoyed a really amazing year with lots of great projects and hundreds of volunteers… but 2014 is looking even more amazing – please do take a moment to read about our 2013 Year in Review. We’d love your support this year especially as we strengthen existing programs and encourage new ones. Please click here for our donate page. Continue reading
We’re happy to announce that Golden Hour Restoration Institute was listed as a “Top-Rated Non-Profit of 2013″ by the Great Nonprofits organization. Thanks to our students and board for all the support – we couldn’t have done it without you all!
We are REALLY excited to announce our newest set of workshops in collaboration with Garber Park Stewards. This group serves as a model for the kind of work we’d like to see California-wide. GPS has consistently turned out great volunteers through great volunteer leadership. These workshops are fun, informative, and open to everyone who RSVP’s in time (although space is limited)!
Please check them out here: http://www.garberparkstewards.org/
The Golden Hour Restoration Institute is partnering with the San Francisco Rec and Parks Department and US Fish and Wildlife Service on an exciting project that will help restore federally threatened Mission Blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides missionensis) habitat. We have created a management program from years of research and stewardship projects which have allowed us to better understand how the butterfly can survive successfully in a constrained urban habitat. We will talk about restoration and habitat throughout the workdays.
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We are extremely excited to announce that our pilot Master Restoration Certificate (MRC) program is nearing launch. We will be partnering up with some of the most well established training programs in order to provide boundless field-based expertise and breadth to our certificate program. 2014 will be the time to join us and help create something truly special.
We’re looking for a first class of 10 individuals to help launch this program and provide us a critical review of this training methodology. Could that be you? Read more and decide for yourself. Continue reading
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In a time when we have restricted access to many parks, we are celebrating the re-opening of Point Molate Beach Park. This park officially opened at sunrise today, with the work of nonprofits, city officials, and strong advocates including Citizens for a Sustainable Point Molate. Congrats to all!
We hope to host a restoration project there within the next year.
SUDDEN OAK DEATH BLITZ EAST BAY RESULTS
THURSDAY, OCT. 3, 7-8:30pm – 159 MULFORD HALL, UC BERKELEY, CA
Dr. Matteo Garbellotto will discuss results of the April SOD Blitzes, present the first analyses on five years of surveys, and introduce several new APPS (SODMAP mobile for iPhone and for Android) to fully take advantage of the BLITZES data. His in this field has helped identify how this disease spreads and tactics for managing it. This is a highly recommended workshop. For more information go to www.matteolab.org
Hand removal of yellow star thistle (Centaurea solstitialis) is the best land management strategy for this site with a rare federally endangered forb.
Although we’ve never taken any formal position on herbicide use (and are reserving that right), we do believe that well-planned and executed herbicide use can be an acceptable last resort to treating problematic weeds. This is a thorny question and we’ll do our best to answer it in a knowledgeable fair manner.
Bay Nature Institute reached out to us and asked for a written response to an herbicide question posted in the “Ask a Naturalist” column. Here’s the link. Continue reading
Academic journals are a great resource for seeing what direction a specific discipline may be headed. Interestingly, publications represent both a look into the past (the research was completed a few years back) and the present (the content of the research is considered to still be relevant and interesting now). There is a “future” component to publications such that many researchers review what is being published now and use that as a springboard for the planning of future studies. Continue reading
Golden Hour has partnered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service Partners in Wildlife Program, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Division, and butterfly maven Liam O’Brien to begin a 3 year stewardship program that will emphasize habitat enhancement for the federally threatened Mission Blue Butterfly. USFWS will be helping fund this extraordinary project which will help maintain critical habitat for the butterfly long term.
Here is an adult Mission Blue male (although difficult to tell from this photo) resting on a silvery bush lupine waiting for the sun to emerge and the dew to burn off.