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Report Shark Strandings to Shark Stewards

Large numbers of leopard sharks, bat rays, and other ground fish have been observed dead or dying in the San Francisco Bay over the past several months. Scientists have yet to pinpoint the exact cause of strandings, but the fish are likely dying of a disease associated with freshwater runoff from heavy rains. EII's Shark Stewards has been working with partner organizations and volunteers to identify and collect stranded fish to determine the etiology. The public is asked to report dead or sick sharks and rays by emailing Shark Stewards Director David McGuire or calling the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation hotline at 831 459-9346. Learn more about the strandings on the Shark Stewards website and in Earth Island Journal.

Thursday June 8, 2017

Don’t Miss the Journal’s Summer Issue

The Summer 2017 issue of Earth Island Journal is out on newsstands and online. The issue leads with a special investigative report on the toxic footprint of prisons that reveals the dramatic impact mass incarceration is having on the health of prisoners and local ecosystems across the United States. Other articles include a deeply reported piece about how pension funds are fueling rainforest destruction; a dispatch from Myanmar about how the small Asian nation has limited capacity to adapt to the impacts of global warming; and a report about how Kenya's geothermal energy development blitz shows that renewable energy isn't always sustainable. Subscribe to the Journal or buy a copy at the newsstands. And help the Journal team produce more deeply reported stories like these by making a donation to the Green Journalism Fund today!

Thursday June 8, 2017

Join Wholly H20 at Richmond, CA BioBlitz

Join Wholly H2O, California Academy of Sciences, and The Watershed Project for a fun half-day BioBlitz at Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline in Richmond, CA on July 1. A BioBlitz focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Pt. Pinole participants will count oysters in their beds; observe and photograph birds, bugs, plants, and aquatic life; and help with water quality testing. All observations will be added to the Richmond Watershed and Shoreline project on the citizen science website iNaturalist. The event is part of the California Academy of Science's annual weeklong BioBlitz of California shorelines. Learn more on the Wholly H20 website and register for the free event.

Thursday June 8, 2017

Keeping Coyote Pups Safe

Coyote pupping season is here! Project Coyote is reaching out to towns and cities across North America with advice on how to keep families, pets, and wildlife safe during this time. For example, Project Coyote has helped Saskatoon, Canada, with signage and educational outreach. In Marin County, CA, Project Coyote's signage alerts dog walkers of coyotes denning nearby and lists precautionary measures to keep dogs and coyote pups safe. Learn more about the Earth Island project's presentations and workshops to increase understanding of North American carnivores, and read about out how to educate your community on peaceful coexistence.

Thursday June 8, 2017

Don’t Miss San Francisco OysterFest

Join the Wild Oyster Project at the 18th Annual OysterFest Music Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on July 1 to learn about the Earth Island project's work restoring native oysters to San Francisco Bay. Trying your first oyster? Record the moment at the Wild Oyster Project's "My First Oyster Booth." Learn how to shuck oysters without cutting your fingers off at the "Oyster Shucking Exhibit." Let Guinness ambassadors teach you about beer and oyster pairings, and try malt scotch from an oyster shell at the Balvenie booth. And don't forget to eat lots of oysters: The Wild Oyster Project will be collecting all oyster shells from the event to create oyster reefs for local restoration efforts. See you there!

Thursday June 8, 2017

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite web-only stories from the last two weeks:

Most Popular: US Climate Movement: Funnel Money Downward if You Want to Survive. Organizer Patrick Robbins writes that to survive a reactionary climate agenda, the environmental movement must address inequalities in climate funding.

Editors' Pick: Mexico City Takes a Stand on Animal Rights. Reporter Ty Trumbull discusses Mexico City's new constitution, which advocates say has some of the strongest animal welfare language in the Americas.

Thursday June 8, 2017

Team Lunches at the Food Shift Kitchen

Enjoy your next team or corporate lunch at The Food Shift Kitchen in Alameda, CA! Food Shift will prepare a vegetarian meal made from rescued ingredients and give you and your team a tour of the kitchen. By eating at the kitchen you will be supporting Food Shift's work to reduce food waste, feed the hungry, and employ people with barriers to employment. To learn more, email Food Shift at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The Earth Island project is also looking for enthusiastic, hard-working volunteers. Check out open opportunities, and don't hesitate to reach out if you believe in this work and feel as though you have something to offer the team.

Thursday June 8, 2017

Submit Public Comments on NAFTA Priorities

The US Trade Representative is currently accepting public comments on how it should renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Unless the public weighs in strongly, corporate greed will trump any public benefits from the deal. Please join Earth Island's California Trade Justice Coalition (CTJC) in demanding that any NAFTA replacement prioritizes the needs of working families, healthy communities, and the earth. Submit your comments demanding a fair and green NAFTA by Monday, June 12! And sign CTJC's petition demanding an agreement that truly benefits working people and the planet.

Thursday June 8, 2017

Demand a Fair, Green NAFTA

Last week, the Trump administration gave formal notice to Congress that it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). So far, there’s no sign that Trump plans to get rid of NAFTA's trade court, which lets corporations challenge hard-won consumer, worker, and environmental protections. Nor has he committed to strong, enforceable labor and environmental protections. Earth Island’s California Trade Justice Coalition is challenging the Trump administration to put people and the environment first in its upcoming NAFTA negotiations. Read more and sign CTJC’s petition demanding a fair and green NAFTA today.

Thursday May 25, 2017

Help ÉnergieRich Raise Funds

ÉnergieRich is holding a June 6 fundraiser in Santa Barbara, California to support a summer trip to Burkina Faso with students from UC Santa Barbara and Stanford University. While in Burkina Faso, the Earth Island project will test a solar egg incubator prototype designed by students to increase poultry farming productivity; launch a program for local assembly of the egg incubator and solar panels; establish a new center for clean energy and technology innovation; and establish a framework for long-term research to track the results of its work. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Louise Lowry Davis Center. Additional details

Thursday May 25, 2017

Challenging Traditional Predator Management

As part of its Science and Stewardship program, Project Coyote’s Science and Advisory Board members are challenging traditional predator management at the state and federal levels. A special feature on predator control in the Journal of Mammalogy — organized by advisory board member Dr. Bradley Bergstrom and with contributions by members Dr. Adrian Treves and Dr. John Vucetich — compiles evidence of the greater efficacy and social acceptability of nonlethal deterrents to livestock depredation by large carnivores, as well as the possible harm to ecosystems resulting from lethal control of these predators. Read more on the Earth Island project’s website.

Thursday May 25, 2017

Lend a Hand at the Food Shift Kitchen

With the help of four kitchen apprentices and several community volunteers, the Food Shift Kitchen in Alameda is producing about 200 pounds of food per week! The nutritious results are delivered to the City Team Oakland dining hall, which provides nutritious meals to those struggling with hunger. With just a few more volunteers, Food Shift could process and share even more delicious food. Read more about the Food Shift Kitchen and join the Earth Island project for a three-hour volunteer shift. Shifts are available Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and vegetarian lunch is provided. Learn more and sign up.

Thursday May 25, 2017

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite web-only stories from the last two weeks:

Most Popular: In Memoriam: Well-Known Yellowstone White Wolf Dies Unnatural Death. Reporter John Soltes shares the story of a Yellowstone wolf who was illegally shot in April. The alpha female, who he believes he saw earlier this year, deserved a wild end to her wild life, he writes.

Editors' Pick: Hampered by Lack of Resources, Peruvian Officials Struggle to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade. Reporter Jurriaan van Eerten discusses the challenging task of combatting Peru’s pervasive illegal plant and animal trade.

Thursday May 25, 2017

Our Projects at the UN Oceans Conference

Two Earth Island projects are heading to New York in June for the United Nations Oceans Conference, a solutions-focused event that aims to help reverse the decline in ocean health. Shark Stewards is advocating for the UN to address illegal fish bombing, a destructive fishing method that kills non-target fish and destroys coral reefs. Learn more about the campaign, take the Stop Fish Bombing! pledge, and follow the project on social media June 5 to 9 to get live updates. Plastic Pollution Coalition will also be participating in the conference, where it will initiate an education campaign in support of a new framework convention around single-use plastic production. As part of that effort, PPC will be co-hosting an event with the German government to discuss solutions to the global plastic pollution problem.

Thursday May 25, 2017

Run with Richmond Trees

Richmond Trees' third annual Run for the Trees team is coming together on May 27 for the Nieto Trails Race. The Earth Island project is calling all friends, supporters, runners, and walkers — of all ages and levels — to join the Richmond Trees team at the race in Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. We encourage team members to use this as an opportunity to fundraise for Richmond Trees and get friends and family to sponsor them. It's a great way for people to support you and your fitness goals while helping raise money to plant more trees in Richmond, CA. We're looking for participants to raise $250.00 each. If you would like to be on the team, but prefer not to raise funds, that's fine too — Richmond Trees would still love to have you participate! Additional information.

Thursday May 25, 2017

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