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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

Keep Anti-Environment Riders Out of Spending Bills

Congress is trying to pass last minute funding legislation to keep the federal government open for business through mid-January. Anti-environmental policies embedded in these funding bills will become law if the legislation is passed. More than 30 environmental groups and activists, including Earth Island's John Muir Project, sent a letter to Congress this week urging members to keep year-end funding bills clean of controversial policy riders. Please read the letter and call your senator TODAY to tell them to #KeepFundingClean. You can call via the Capital Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or call your Congressional representatives directly.

Thursday December 21, 2017

Project Coyote Film Premiere

Project Coyote’s groundbreaking film, KILLING GAMES: Wildlife In The Crosshairs, has been selected to premiere at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, which runs from January 11 to 15, 2018, in Nevada City, CA. The film sheds light on how iconic wildlife are massacred in killing contests across the US. As part of the festival, best-selling author and Project Coyote ambassador Dan Flores will join Project Coyote Executive Director Camilla Fox for a special program about the Earth Island project’s work. KILLING GAMES has also been selected for inclusion in the Wild & Scenic On Tour program as well as the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival’s WILD on Tour program, through which it will be shown across the country.

Thursday December 21, 2017

Thank You for Your Support

Thank you for subscribing to IslandWire, Earth Island Institute's bi-monthly, free e-newsletter that updates you on all of the action, events, and news from our global network of projects. In this final edition of the year, we invite you to read our directors’ 2017 year-end letter. In this update to our supporters, Dave Phillips and John Knox write about the many ways in which Earth Island is fighting back against the Trump administration’s onslaught on our environment. Learn about the accomplishments of our vibrant network of 79 innovative projects that together make up the largest, most diverse, and most skilled team of established and emerging leaders that we've ever had. Much of the work EII and its projects do wouldn’t have been possible without the help of individuals like you. We also invite you to give a gift today to support creative and energetic leaders who are building a more effective and far-reaching environmental movement. We would be honored to be among the good efforts you support in the year-end giving season. Our best wishes to all of you during this holiday season of gratitude, reflection, and renewal.

Thursday December 21, 2017

Plant Trees in the New Year

Richmond Trees’ first tree planting event of the new year will held on January 7, 2018. The Earth Island project will meet volunteers at Burg Park at 30th Street and Clinton Ave at 9:00 a.m., then head out into the neighborhood to plant. Join Richmond Trees to bring more green to the Richmond, CA community! All ages are welcome. Please bring water, work gloves, and your favorite tools if you have them. (But don't worry if you don't, there will be extras to share!) Richmond Trees will have snacks, water, and coffee for volunteers. Learn more and email with any questions.

Thursday December 21, 2017

Our Big Blue Expedition Launch Event

EII’s Shark Stewards — in partnership with Stop Fish Bombing, APEX Environmental, MW Experiences, and Scubazoo — has launched the Our Big Blue Expedition, a new global awareness campaign in support of threatened coral reef habitat in the Coral Triangle. Through the “Swim with Us” program, Our Big Blue Expedition team will provide sponsors with the opportunity to swim with blue whales and many other species and participate in research activities in Malaysia and Timor-Leste. The new conservation coalition is kicking things off with a special New Year’s Eve launch event at the Lincoln Speakeasy in Los Angeles. Learn more about the coalition, the launch event, and how to get involved.

Thursday December 21, 2017

Catering for Companies that Care

Food Shift’s catering services deliver great taste with great impact. The Food Shift Kitchen’s unique social enterprise model turns surplus produce that would otherwise be wasted into delicious meals, while also providing job training for those with barriers to employment. The food isn’t just good for the community 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. Eating with the Earth Island project makes a difference; check out Food Shift’s 2017 impact numbers. Learn more and email to book a meal.

Thursday December 21, 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: Why Are Elephants Getting Electrocuted in India? Reporter Sribala Subramanian discusses how jerry-rigged electric fences on farms are a serious threat to endangered Asian elephants.

Editors' Pick: When the Levee Breaks. Researcher Kyle Seewald Hemes writes about why restoration work in the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta could be key to addressing California’s dual water and climate challenges.

Thursday December 21, 2017

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