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2019-05-12May 12, 2019

Athletes from around the world compete in Ironman Triathlons - literally - around the world. When you look at the schedule this organization has you can see that our home is one of many where super-athletes compete with each other in totally different climates and terrains This year, Ironman started with the swim at Lake Sonoma and ended in Santa Rosa's new Courthouse Square.

2019-04-09Apr 9, 2019
2019-03-30Mar 30, 2019

The Matsuri! Japanese Arts Festival, back for its tenth year, will feature taiko drumming, traditional Japanese dance and music, martial arts demonstrations, Tea Ceremony, and more. There will also be a children’s activity booth and mochitsuki—the pounding of sweet rice into cakes. Complementing the festivities and performances will be many exhibitors and vendors offering Japanese arts, crafts, and food.

2019-03-30Mar 30, 2019

Every year since 2010, the students at Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm (SWSF) come together with students at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School (SAES) to sustainably garden a plot of land at SAES and focus on gardening curriculum that includes cooking, nutrition, science, math and reading.  

2019-03-23Mar 23, 2019

UPDATE: The Marathon has been postponed for now. Representatives from the marathon will be at the meeting on Sunday, March 31st as planned.

The Sonoma Coast Municipal Advisory Council will hold a Public Meeting on March 31at 2pm to discuss the Sonoma Coast Half Marathon with members of the community. The agenda will be published on the County website and at public locations along the coast at least 72 hours prior to the meeting for review.

2019-03-12Mar 12, 2019

Conservation biologists from Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) shared the exciting news that two mountain lion kittens were born at Trione-Annadel State Park in early February to a female mountain lion being tracked by ACR’s Living with Lions research study.

 

2019-03-06Mar 6, 2019

Due to the flood disaster, Sonoma County Regional Parks has canceled two community workshops on a proposed Russian River bicycle and pedestrian trail. The workshops announced for March 9 and 12 in Guerneville will be rescheduled for a later date. Regional Parks is studying the feasibility of building a 19-mile trail from Forestville to Jenner and will be inviting the public to learn more and provide feedback about the project.

2019-03-04Mar 4, 2019

At its February meeting, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board honored a long-time local activist for her influence on the city of Santa Rosa’s historic decision to expand wastewater recycling to the Geysers, and her continuing efforts to increase awareness of the role of endocrine disrupting chemicals on human health and aquatic life.

2019-02-26Feb 26, 2019

When taken together, two separate events at the beginning of this year illustrate how much danger lurks in Schellville due to the presence of the more than 130 LPG rail tankers that are stored there now. Tom Martin explains the threats the tankers pose in his second article about the issue.

2019-02-26Feb 26, 2019

Santa Rosa's Recreation and Parks Department is hiring over 300 seasonal employees to help run the city’s robust operation of swim lessons and public swim hours, summer day camps, youth and adult recreation programs, and outdoor park activities and amusements.

2019-02-25Feb 25, 2019
2019-05-10May 10, 2019

Join Fort Ross Conservancy as we come together for the statewide movement lead by The California Academy of Sciences to get out to the coast, search for as many creatures as we can find, and share the photos of our discoveries on the website and app, iNaturalist. We will be meeting at Fort Ross State Historic Park  at 9:00 am to witness as much of the - 0.8  tide at 9:40 am as possible.  

2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019

Representatives of a new local water agency presented information about a state-required fee on well owners within the Santa Rosa Plain to pay for a new groundwater regulation program.

2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019

Mars, the Roman God of War, has been gracing our early evening skies for quite a while now.  Slowly but surely, this steady beacon of pale reddish light has been making its way westward and will eventually disappear into the glare of the setting sun - but not this month. Early in February, Mars appears as an average to bright “star” high in the south southwest just after sunset. By month’s end however, this same beacon will be slightly less brilliant and will appear further west just after sunset, although still pretty high in the sky. 

2019-01-07Jan 7, 2019

Artists are invited to propose works of a restorative nature for use in the EcoArts 2.0 sculpture walk.  This may include sculptures that provide "architecture" or habitat--to replace trees that are gone, and certain replanting efforts that have minor earth disturbance. 

2019-01-03Jan 3, 2019

I thought our property was free from mountain lions. But, after mysteriously losing four goats within a few months, I learned more about mountain lions than I ever wanted to know.

2019-01-02Jan 2, 2019

Redwood Creek is a tributary to Jonive Creek, which weaves under and along Bodega Highway before entering Atascadero Creek at the northwest corner of Ragle Ranch ParkAtascadero Creek then flows through Graton into Green Valley Creek, which meets the Russian River in Forestville. Green Valley Creek is renowned as a critical and productive stronghold for endangered coho salmon and was the last stream in the Russian River watershed to support three consecutive year classes of coho (representing all year classes, given that coho have a three-year life cycle). For decades, it has been a focal point of local salmon recovery efforts, but comparably little is known about the potential of Atascadero Creek and its tributary streams to support salmon.

 

2019-01-02Jan 2, 2019

Spotting a Great Blue Heron is a nice way to start off the New Year and, in Sonoma County, it's easy. The gorgeous, graceful birds, with soft gray-blue feathering and long legs and unbelievably long and slender necks, are often visible at Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility in Petaluma, or Bodega Bay, or in The Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetlands.

2018-12-30Dec 30, 2018

Give them an inch and they’ll take an acre…as the California Invasive Pest Council says. There are a whopping 195 invasive plant species in Sonoma County. In the northwestern forest region which includes Mendocino County, 265 invasive species have been identified. An invasive plant species is non-native and aggressively out-competes native species! In other words, they spread fast and crowd out other plants, harming ecosystems and impacting water quality. Native plants provide shelter and food for native insects, birds, and animals. Invasive species tend not to have habitat value. In fact, they sometimes destroy the very habitats native species need to survive. 

2018-12-30Dec 30, 2018

As part of my annual New Year tradition, I am highlighting some of the new California state laws (most of which are in effect as of January 1, 2019 unless expressed otherwise in the law). Keep in mind that during the 2018 Legislative Session, over one thousand Assembly Bills (AB) and Senate Bills (SB) collectively passed. Governor Jerry Brown signed 1,016 of the 1,217 that landed on his desk (he vetoed the rest).  New laws limiting plastic straws, increasing renewable sources for electricity, Gun control, protecting Net Neutrality and others.

 

2018-12-19Dec 19, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!   Winter is in full swing, and while you may not notice it, the days are slowly getting longer. Ever since December 21st, the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun’s arc across the sky has been gradually making its way north, thereby increasing our daylight and reducing our darkness.  It definitely becomes more noticeable as we head into mid to late February but fear not, it’s happening now.

2018-12-12Dec 12, 2018

At the December 11th public hearing and meeting, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted to include the all Class 1 trails - such as West County and Joe Radota Trails - as Regional Parks to afford them the 1,000-foot setback protections from Cannabis operations. 

2019-05-05May 5, 2019

Sonoma County, CA — May is National Bike to Work Month, created by the League of American Cyclists in 1956 as a way to promote the benefits of bicycling and encourage more folks to give it a try. Cycling to work reduces carbon emissions and traffic congestion, improves physical and mental health, and saves money...plus, it’s fun!Throughout the month of May, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition (SCBC) is offering activities to support those willing to give commuting on two wheels a try.

 

2018-12-11Dec 11, 2018

At its last meeting of the year, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors altered the zoning code for cannabis farms, approved staff recommendations for housing funding, and extended several staff contracts among other items during a 10-hour meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

2019-05-04May 4, 2019

If you are feeding birds in your garden, you are one of more than 50 million North Americans feeding wild birds.  The benefits to humans are obvious.  We get tremendous pleasure from watching feeder birds, such as our colorful House Finches and lively Oak Titmice.  But, do the birds themselves gain any advantages from getting food from feeders?  A study done by Cornell Lab of Ornithology has found that populations of bird species that use feeders frequently tend to stay steady or increase slightly compared to species that do not use feeders.   Additional research also concluded that forest birds that visited feeders tended to have less stress and more rapid feather growth than those that had no access to feeders.

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District expects to see a rise in the adult mosquito population as temperatures increase this spring. The series of atmospheric rivers that drenched Marin and Sonoma counties this past winter and early spring left behind large areas of stagnant water. Vector control technicians are out in force responding to service requests from residents and checking areas with standing water in an effort to keep the adult mosquito population at bay.

2019-04-24Apr 24, 2019

Sonoma County is at a crossroads right now with new and ongoing challenges such as climate change and extreme weather, housing needs, and transportation. The upcoming General Plan update are intended to provide a vision and path forward and to provide certainty for residents and voters in the long-term.

2019-04-17Apr 17, 2019

Regional Parks is proposing to develop a 19.3 mile long multi-use trail along the Russian River corridor between Mirabel Park and Jenner. The trail would provide a safe walking and cycling alternative for commuters and visitors traveling this congested corridor. 

2019-04-10Apr 10, 2019
2019-04-10Apr 10, 2019

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