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Celebrating Lisa Owens Viani’s Work for Raptors

Raptors Are The Solution (RATS) co-founder Lisa Owens Viani will be inducted into the Owl Hall of Fame this March by the International Owl Center in Minnesota. She is being given a special achievement award for her work educating millions of people about the danger rat poison poses to birds of prey and other wildlife. Owens Viani co-founded RATS, a project of Earth Island Institute, in 2011 with Allen Fish, the director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, with the goal of ending the use of rat poison through public education and political action. They recognized that few people understood the devastating, secondary effects of rat poison on predatory birds, and developed highly successful public education campaigns to educate the public.

Thursday February 8, 2018

Tree-Planting This Sunday

It's time to plant more street trees in Richmond, CA, and Richmond Trees could use a few extra hands. The Earth Island project's next tree planting will begin at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday, February 11 at Burg Park. 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 have these materials — Richmond Trees has plenty to share!) Richmond Trees is 100 percent reliant on volunteer support, so help them make Richmond a more habitable place. Additional details.

Thursday February 8, 2018

KILLING GAMES Film Continues to Win Accolades

Project Coyote's film about wildlife killing contests, KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs, continues to touch hearts and minds with its searing exposé on the brutality of these contests. The film screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival earlier this month, and was selected as Best Short / 1st Place by the Animal Film Festival, scheduled to take place on February 17 in Grass Valley, CA. Learn more about the film, and listen to an interview with director and producer Camilla Fox at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, where it premiered last month.

Thursday February 8, 2018

Great Taste with Great Impact

The Food Shift Kitchen creates diverse and delicious menus from fresh ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted, while providing jobs for those with barriers to employment in Alameda, CA. The food is good for the environment, and for the taste buds. Revenue from catering services supports The Food Shift Kitchen's ongoing job training and food recovery programs — it's a win-win! Contact EII's Food Shift to book The Food Shift Kitchen for your next meal, company lunch, or event.

Thursday February 8, 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: 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

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