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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: The Chilly Work of Saving Ontario's Algonquin Wolf. Reporter and photographer Andrew Budziak documents the efforts of British Columbia researchers, who don snowshoes and brave freezing temperatures to learn how to better protect the region's threatened wolf species.

Editors' Pick: First Nations Face Off against Open-Pen Salmon Farms in British Colombia. Regular Journal contributor Ron Johnson discusses why Indigenous protesters have been occupying offshore aquaculture facilities in their waters.  

Thursday February 8, 2018

Raise Your Glass in Support of Fair Food

Don't miss a fun opportunity to support Oakland Food Policy Council (OFPC) this weekend. OFPC staff will be guest bartending at SPATS Bar in Berkeley, CA on Friday, January 26 and again on Saturday, January 27. The two-night fundraiser event will help the Earth Island project continue creating fair and sustainable food policy in Oakland. Give to a great cause and have fun doing it. Learn more, and see you this weekend!  

Thursday January 25, 2018

Break Bread with The Borneo Project

Please join The Borneo Project on Thursday, February 1 to share a drink and break bread with some of the Bay Area's most exciting conservation activists. Guests will be wined and dined and have the opportunity to support the Earth Island project's 2018 campaigns. The Borneo Project has come a long way in 27 years, and looks forward to continuing to fight to save Sarawak's precious rainforests and rivers. The FREE event begins at 5:30 at the OCSC Sailing Club in the Berkeley, CA Marina. Please RSVP today, and be sure to bring your checkbooks to this fundraising event.

Thursday January 25, 2018

From Landfills to People

Mark your calendars! Food Shift's Dana Frasz will be interviewed on the Mrs. Green's World podcast on Tuesday, January 30 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Frasz will talk about how Food Shift is proving that a better food system is possible, one that eliminates waste, feeds the hungry, and creates economic opportunity. And if you're inspired by what you hear, the Earth Island project is looking for more volunteers in The Food Shift Kitchen. Learn more and get involved.

Thursday January 25, 2018

First Supperclub of 2018

On Thursday, February 1, join EII's Real Food Real Stories for an intimate conversation with Yana Gilbuena, a critically-acclaimed nomadic chef and founder of SALO Series, a global pop-up dinner series that shares the vibrant food culture of the Philippines. Sourcing locally and seasonally, SALO aims to cultivate cultural awareness and create communities through food. Guests will gather over a shared meal and listen to Gilbuena's fascinating, year-long journey traversing the US and cooking 50 dinners in 50 states. Learn more and get your tickets today.

Thursday January 25, 2018

Yosemite Photo Exhibit & Talk

Acclaimed American landscape photo artist Binh Danh is participating as a guest artist in Planet Earth Art's new Yosemite Hetch Hetchy Valley Project, an interdisciplinary arts and environmental sciences initiative at Stanford University. As part of the project, Danh is following and documenting the Bay Area's water supply as it comes out of the Sierra's, into Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, and on to San Francisco. Check out his work at San Francisco Camerawork through Saturday, January 27, and read more about Planet Earth Arts, a new project of Earth Island Institute.

Thursday January 25, 2018

Summer Camp with KIDS for the Bay

Looking for a fun-filled summer of hands-on science, friendship, and nature exploration? KIDS for the BAY summer camp registration is now open! Campers joining the Earth Island project will explore San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean shorelines, hike through redwood forests, kayak on the bay, create nature art, investigate creek life, enjoy a twilight hikes, and much more! Young Adventurers and Explorers (ages 5 to 10) and Leaders-in-Training (ages 11 to 14) will have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and become part of a community of friends, scientists, and environmentalists during one-week themed camp sessions. Learn more and register today.

Thursday January 25, 2018

Logging After Fire Threatens Spotted Owls

Scientists with EII's John Muir Project and the WildNature Institute recently published a first-of-its-kind study in the journal Nature Conservation finding that it is post-fire logging, not fire itself, that poses a threat to imperiled California spotted owls. Post-fire logging is common on both private and National Forest lands, and damages important spotted owl foraging areas in "snag forest habitat" that this created by intense wildfires. Learn more about the study results.

Thursday January 25, 2018

Art and History Walk at the Albany Bulb

The Albany Bulb is a magical "almost-island" made of construction debris and connected to the San Francisco East Bay mainland by a narrow neck of rubble. Over the years, artists have used the Bulb as a platform to continue the tradition of driftwood art that once filled the Emeryville, CA mudflats. Join Love the Bulb — a project of Earth Island's California Institute for Community, Art and Nature — on February 4 at 10 a.m. for a 2-mile hike over sometimes uneven ground to see the art that still remains on the Bulb, and to envision what the park could become. Learn more and register for the FREE event today.

Thursday January 25, 2018

Weaving a Vision for Our Future

EII's Children in Nature Collaborative is co-sponsoring a two-day workshop, Stories from Our Past Weaving a Vision for our Future, which will be held February 24 to 25 in Los Altos Hills, CA. The workshop will inform the way we interact with the world around us in simple and profound ways. Participants will be inspired by stories from the past, which become tools that provide a map for meaningful relationships, resilience, and true connection within the modern context of our lives. Pre-registration is required. Learn more and register today.

Thursday January 25, 2018

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: Birders get a First Look at How 2017 California Wildfires Affected Wildlife. Reporter Matt Blois discusses the Christmas Bird Count in Ventura, CA, and how volunteers are helping scientists gather rare post-fire data.

Editors' Pick: You Really Shouldn't Touch Those Wooden Utility Poles. Reporter Chuck Idol writes about how utility poles across the US continue to be coated in pentachlorophenol, a toxic chemical that can leach into rivers, groundwater, and soil.

Thursday January 25, 2018

Learn About 2018’s Top 10 Ethical Destinations

Will perennial winner Uruguay make Ethical Traveler's Top 10 Ethical Destinations list again? Can Costa Rica, a historically green destination, overcome its president's lamentable urge to export shark fins? And will any new, off the radar destinations break through to win their first Ethical Destinations Award in 2018? To learn which developing countries won this year's award and why, join the Earth Island project at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA on Saturday, January 13, for an awards ceremony followed by a reception. The evening will honor ambassadors and representatives from the award-winning countries. Details here.

Thursday January 11, 2018

Catering with Great Taste and Great Impact

Hire The Food Shift Kitchen to cater your next meal! The Food Shift Kitchen delivers great food with great impact, providing jobs for those with barriers to employment while making use of fresh ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted. The food isn't just good for the economy and the environment, it's good for the taste buds too. Let Food Shift know what your needs are for your next meeting, event, or conference. And volunteer with the Earth Island project in the Food Shift Kitchen.

Thursday January 11, 2018

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: Tiny Houses, Big Resistance. Regular Journal contributor Ron Johnson discusses why Indigenous activists are erecting tiny homes along the proposed path of the Trans Mountain pipeline, and how the action could transform the British Columbia interior into the next Standing Rock.

Editors' Pick: How Tech is Boosting Environmental Engagement in China. Reporter John Pabon discusses the use of environmental apps in China, where users are utilizing new technology to track everything from air quality, to their carbon footprint, to food waste.

Thursday January 11, 2018

Ending Wildlife Killing Contests

EII's Project Coyote is making significant headway in its campaign to end wildlife killing contests nationwide. On January 6, project volunteers and community residents protested the Lemmon Valley, Nevada coyote killing contest, garnering coverage by local television stations and newspapers. Concerned citizens across the country are adding their voices to the outcry over these cruel contests with letters to the editor, op-eds,  and municipal resolutions condemning the practice. Project Coyote's film exposing killing contests — KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs — also premieres at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival January 11-15 in Nevada City, California, and has been selected for the Wild & Scenic On Tour program and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival's WILD on Tour program.

Thursday January 11, 2018

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