SPAWN is offering free habitat enhancement consultations for homeowners living on creekside properties in the San Geronimo Valley. We can help address specific concerns
During a workshop in February 2017, we created a pollinator garden in SPAWN’s Nursery. All plants in this garden provide pollen and nectar to
For the past 6 months I’ve worked at SPAWN as the Native Plant Nursery Intern. As my time here comes to an end, it’s
The past six months have greatly improved my plant identification skills and general plant knowledge. I have a better idea of plant families and how they are related.
We were leading a creekwalk for a high school group that was helping us seed redwoods for our 10,000 Redwoods Project when our Native Plant Nursery Intern Harry McGrath thought he saw a turtle.
Volunteers with our Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) program have started the year in full force!
Forests play a major role in reducing the negative effects of ocean acidification, by absorbing and tying up carbon.
Thanksgiving is a great time to think about what we are thankful for and reflect on the year. At Turtle Island Restoration Network, we are thankful for you – our members and supporters!
Four species of salmon have entered Marin County’s Lagunitas Creek (through Tomales Bay from the Pacific Ocean) to mark the beginning of the spawning season.
Please be a part of this local movement to protect an endangered species by sending an email to your supervisor to help them feel confident in making the best decision for all of Marin.
These redwoods are going to grow big and strong and help stabilize stream banks, slowing erosion and protecting the water that endangered salmon need to survive.
By Todd Steiner, Executive Director of Turtle Island Restoration Network Late last year, we learned that the owners of the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course
Our Celebrate the Coast event at Tomales Bay State Park last week was a HUGE success. Hundreds of people convened on Hearts Desire Beach for a day of exploring nature and connecting with our coast.
SPAWN is offering a two-part habitat gardening workshop series this fall; we’ll focus on Oak woodlands, grassland, chaparral, and riparian plant communities.
During the summer of 2014, SPAWN staff, interns, and numerous volunteers spent many hours building a cattle exclusion fence on the McIssac Ranch located adjacent to our office on the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Olema.
Join our upcoming workshops, volunteer days, and naturalist trainings.
Email Catie@tirn.net to get your own set of SPAWN’s ecosystem connection cards!
Turtle Island Restoration Network has launched the 10000 redwoods as a way to reforest the historic redwood range in the Bay Area, while fighting
A GIS analysis of potential planting locations for Sequoia Sempervirens in Marin County Researchers’ Names and Institutions: Project Head: Elizabeth Villano, Climate and Redwood
The redwood forest has become a popular destination for nature-lovers, however, our relationships with the tree species hasn’t always been one of awe and
During the summer Turtle Island Restoration Network had the opportunity to partner with Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma to integrate science education programs
This summer, Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) brought 25 educators and community leaders together for 8 days for a unique learning opportunity
Do you know what Ocean Acidification is? Scientists are raising concern for the future of our oceans. Oceans absorbing atmospheric carbon is causing ocean acidification, or the acidification of ocean water. How do you think this will impact all of our favorite ocean species?
Pteropods, small floating sea snails, are dissolving, providing a great indicator of current Ocean Acidification.
Here at SPAWN, we are thrilled to show you three new graphic designs and logos to add to our palette.
A total of 15 nests (called “redds”) have been counted on Arroyo creek and 16 redds have been counted on Woodacre creek, for a total of 31 confirmed redds so far this season.
Winter creek walks are here! SPAWN-trained naturalists lead creek walks to explore the majesty of the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. Tours explore our watershed and teach participants about the ecology of our endangered native population of coho salmon.
We are deep into redwood season. Our efforts this month have been concentrated on redwood seed collection followed by seeding in our nursery greenhouse and in
“This exciting project will re-create habitat necessary for the survival and recovery of critically endangered coho salmon, and will correct poor land development policies of the past,” said Todd Steiner, biologist and executive director of Turtle Island.
See incredible photos of otters following the salmon migration upstream in Marin, Calif.
Thanksgiving is a great time to think about what you are thankful for and reflect on the year.
At Turtle Island Restoration Network, we are thankful for you – our members and supporters!
Endangered coho salmon have returned from ocean to spawn in our local Lagunitas Creek. Sign up for a naturalist-led creek walk tour to look for these fish and learn about their natural history.
Marin Academy High School Students Alex Paff and Katie Joyce volunteered with the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN), and became passionate about the 10,000 Redwoods Project, which aims to plant 10,000 redwoods in the greater San Francisco Bay Area to help fight climate change. Together the two dedicated volunteers were able to raise a total of $1,600, as well as valuable supplies, like shade cloth, to help grow redwood trees.
Alex Paff and Katie Joyce are both Seniors at Marin Academy who were introduced to SPAWN through their high school biology teacher Liz Gottlieb. This summer, they volunteered with SPAWN and became passionate about the 10,000 Redwoods Project, which aims to plant 10,000 redwoods in the greater San Francisco Bay Area to help fight climate change.
Turtle Island Restoration Network’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Turtle Island has previously earned this top distinction.
Have you ever wondered how long it take a redwood to reach its towering heights? We are often asked ‘How Fast Do Redwood Trees Grow?’ by students and visitors, so here’s our answer in a blog.
SPAWN’s habitat restoration crew and native plant nursery staff have spent the last few months collecting plant seeds from diverse habitats throughout the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. These seeds are collected for use in our habitat restoration projects, and are from areas where we have permission and permits. Native seeds and plants play a critical role in restoring watershed lands by providing wildlife habitat, reducing the spread of invasive plants, and stabilizing slopes that could be prone to erosion.
Audrey Fusco has followed her passion for land stewardship and gardening around the globe. Whether researching urban gardens used to grow food, called organiponicos, in Cuba, helping to restore beaches in Florida, or restoring Redwood Creek watershed to protect coho salmon habitat at at Green Gulch Farms, Audrey stays true to her core belief to live a simple life in alignment with nature. Now, SPAWN is excited to welcome Audrey to our team as our Native Plant Nursery Manager.
Marin High School Student and Eagle Scout Liam Birmingham learned about our 10,000 Redwoods Project, and decided to devote his time to assisting Turtle Island achieve this goal.
Top 3 Reasons You Should Take a Stand to Protect Salmon
Creekside corridors are naturally vegetated lands along rivers and streams. When appropriately sized, these areas can reduce flooding, limit property loss from stream bank erosion, filter and settle out pollutants, and protect aquatic and terrestrial habitat.
Science in the Redwoods: We just had the 4th graders from Rise Community School in Oakland join us for an adventure filled day surveying the health of Lagunitas creek.
looking for a memorable gift for high school or college graduates? Consider adopting a redwood tree to honor graduates with a unique, eco-friendly gift that will help fight climate change.
Redwoods are the ideal icon for climate action. Check out this easy-to-read infographic that gives you all the information you need to know.
Turtle Island’s SPAWN wrapped up a three-day redwood and outdoor education experience for underserved students from Oakland, Calif. f Brothers on the Rise, a non-profit whose mission addresses the great need for broad-based implementation of preventive, empowerment pipeline programs for boys and young men of color.