Tag Archives: Santa Clara County

Open Space District WANTS YOU!

Carnivore Research Project

Preserve Outreach Booths

Outdoor Activity Docent

Hello
We have some fantastic new volunteer opportunities for this spring!  Please review the information below and let us know as quickly as possible if you are interested in participating.  Many thanks and have a great spring.

Carnivore Research Project

We recently received notice of Santa Cruz Puma Project’s (SCPP) new Conservation Scat’ research project. Justine Smith, a PhD student with SCPP, is the lead on a new project aimed at understanding how smaller carnivores (such as coyotes, bobcats, and foxes) interact with each other in a fragmented landscape.  Justine is primarily interested in analyzing changes in carnivore diet, so she needs extensive collections of carnivore scat.  The purpose of the research is to investigate the impact of humans on animal communities as a whole in order to have a more holistic approach to conservation.

Justine would like our help gathering carnivore scat on selected District preserves, and we would like to find out if some of you would be interested in participating.  Justine will provide training and work directly with small groups of volunteers preparing the trails (clearing existing scat) and returning to collect samples.  Her goal is to schedule and coordinate late April – August project dates, but the specifics will not be finalized until we determine how many volunteers are interested. This will determine the number of trails we monitor.
If you are interested in participating, please CLICK HERE and complete the short survey.  You can also contact Justine directly with any questions you have about the research project.

Preserve Outreach Booths

We have a lot of important news and information to share with the public. Of special concern to our neighbors and visitors is information about the link between a common rodenticide and the decline in the bobcat population at our open space preserves and even county and state parks. We’ll provide information about the connection and pest control alternatives. We’ll also get the word out about other new doings at the district: the Vision Plan, new brochures for multilingual audiences and upcoming activities.

To review the dates/locations and sign up, please CLICK HERE.

Outdoor Activity Docent

Cross-train for MROSD – become an OUTDOOR ACTIVITY DOCENT !! Increase and share your love of Open Space by taking on an new role or encouraging friends to become an Outdoor Activity Docent! We still have a few spots left in our 2014 Training Program beginning on April 10.
To find out more about this exciting opportunity, CLICK HERE.

These programs are very well run, interesting, and you get to be outside with other nature-lovers! Just Do It! You’ll really be glad you joined this group. With almost 70,000 acres of open space, you’ll see beautiful vistas and enjoy people!  –-the editor

 
Paul McKowan, Volunteer Programs Manager
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
volunteer@openspace.org | (650) 691-1200

Creek Watch App on iPhone Helps Out

trash creekHundreds of creeks are in trouble, and who knows better than us, the people that love being near the water and the people that walk along our creeks. South Bay Coyote Creek, Saratoga Creek, and the Guadalupe River are in the top ten of trash-impaired waterways in the South Bay. In Santa Clara county alone, there are 800 miles of creeks, many are part of recreation areas. When trash collects in the creeks if affects all of us, our water quality, fish and aquatic life and the ocean.

Monitoring is a key in clean up and prioritizing which hot spot gets help first. Now we can help, an innovative IBM researcher, Christine Robson has made an app for the iPhone. You send water level, flow rate and picture using the CREEK WATCH app and it helps the scientists monitor our waterways. The iPhone app is in beta test now and being reviewed by Apple to go live soon. Take a look at this link from from abc7news.com:   “Scientists use iPhone app to collect creek data”