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OCTOBER 2016

Seed Collection Buckeyes for Butterflies - Citizen Scientist

Seed Collection

(Intern Ashley hard at work cleaning native honeysuckle berries).

The SPAWN team collected more than 10 pounds of grass seed as well as seeds from about 50 different species of plants from diverse habitats throughout the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. Seeds are only collected by volunteers and staff from areas where we have permits, and the seeds are used for local habitat restoration projects. SPAWN also welcomes and receives many native seed donations from our dedicated volunteers.

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Join Us for Buckeyes for Butterflies on Nov. 5th

Join SPAWN for a fun, free workshop on native plant propagation. We will collect and plant seeds for easy-to-propagate native trees such as buckeyes and oaks, do cuttings of a variety of native plant species, and learn how to grow redwood trees. We will also go on a native plant walk with Nursery Manager Audrey Fusco. This great event is co-sponsored by our friends at the California Native Plant Society, Marin Chapter. This SPAWN workshop is FREE & open to the public!

What: SPAWN Workshop: Buckeyes for Butterflies.

Where: SPAWN Headquarters, 9255 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema, CA 94950. Click here for written directions.

When: 10 am to 2 pm

Please RSVP to Buckeyes for Butterflies by emailing Audrey at audrey@tirn.net.

Book Passage: Mary Ellen Hannibal's Citizen Scientist

Please join us at Book Passage in the Corte Madera on Sunday, December 18th at 1pm for Mary Ellen Hannibal’s talk on her book Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction. Recently, Mary Ellen Hannibal identified SPAWN as a leading citizen science group in her talk on KQED Radio! SPAWN is co-sponsoring the event, and will be speaking about our work with attendees.

Where: Book Passage (Corte Madera), 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925

What: An author talk by Mary Ellen Hannibal about her newest book, Citizen Scientist.

When: Sunday, December 18th at 1 pm

Why: To celebrate citizen scientists and hear directly from Mary Ellen Hannibal.

Background on the Book: In the vein of H Is for Hawk and the work of Rebecca Solnit and Elizabeth Kolbert comes a masterful consideration of the profound, an urgent necessity to bear witness to life and loss. Here is a wide-ranging adventure in becoming a citizen scientist by an award-winning writer and environmental thought leader. As Mary Ellen Hannibal wades into tide pools, follows hawks, and scours mountains to collect data on threatened species, she discovers the power of a heroic cast of volunteers and the makings of what may be our last, best hope in slowing an unprecedented mass extinction. Digging deeply, Hannibal traces today’s tech-enabled citizen science movement to its roots: the centuries-long tradition of amateur observation by writers and naturalists. Prompted by her novelist father’s sudden death, she also examines her own past and discovers a family legacy of looking closely at the world. With unbending zeal for protecting the planet, she then turns her gaze to the wealth of species left to fight for. Combining original reporting, meticulous research, and memoir in impassioned prose, Citizen Scientist is a literary event, a blueprint for action, and the story of how one woman rescued herself from an odyssey of loss with a new kind of science.

SPAWN Wish List

SPAWN is in need of gardening tools for future restoration events. Do you have extra gardening supplies you can donate? We will put them to good use restoring endangered coho salmon habitat. Our wish list includes:

  1. Stainless Steel Digging Forks
  2. Gardening Gloves (S, M, L)
  3. HoriHori Knives
  4. Deer Fencing
  5. Handsaws (something like this would be ideal!)
  6. Six foot or taller metal T-posts.
  7. Clippers
  8. Tarps (any size)

If you have items to donate please email our nursery manager Audrey at audrey@tirn.net. Items may be tax-deducible!

Education Experiences

SPAWN's full-time Education Specialist Catie Clune can help teachers arrange watershed education experiences for their classes, guide student restoration activities and support student civic engagement projects. A limited number of transportation stipends are currently available to teachers of low-income and multicultural schools who want to bring their students on a field trip to explore the Lagunitas Watershed, so make sure to secure your trip!

Contact Catie at Catie@tirn.net to learn more about how you can get your class or group involved with SPAWN.

Upcoming Events

Volunteer & Community Service Opportunities with SPAWN

SPAWN & Turtle Island offer various fun opportunities to get involved in saving the Earth. Volunteers help us restore rivers, protect marine species, and educate the public to advocate for life-affirming policies. Volunteer at our office on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and you can receive community service hours for school, work off traffic tickets, or just gain the satisfaction of helping make the world a better place!


SPAWN Workshop: Plant Propagation - Saturday, November 5, 2016 - Olema, CA
SPAWN Workshop: Seed Collection - Saturday, November 12, 2016, Olema, CA

SPAWN Workshop: Plant Propagation - Saturday, December 3, 2016, Olema, CA
SPAWN Workshop: Plant Propagation - Saturday, December 10, 2016, Olema, CA
Book Passage: Mary Ellen Hannibal - Citizen Scientist - Sunday, December 18, 2016, Olema, CA
View our online Google event calendar by clicking here.

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