August 21, 2017

International Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 16th

International Coastal Cleanup Day is the world’s largest annual preservation and protection event and volunteer effort for our ocean, waves and beaches. It is a global movement that encompasses 6 million volunteers in 90 countries and all of the United States. The cumulative result is not only cleaner and healthier coastline but also a raised consciousness for accessible actions people can integrate into their lives to promote healthy
beaches on a daily basis.
For the 13th year in a row, the Mendocino County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will be sponsoring the Ward Ave. cleanup from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Stop by and say hi, and join in the fun. Please bring gloves and a container for trash.  We’ll have a home base at the Ward Ave. Parking Lot.  A friendly reminder: Ward Ave. north to 10 Mile Beach is one of the few areas on our coast that doesn’t allow dogs on the beach, even with a leash.
If you fill up a bag and want to do more, please join our friends from Noyo Center, who will be cleaning Noyo Harbor Beach on the same day.
Let’s keep Mendocino County beaches clean!
August 9, 2017

Science Talk – Friday, August 11, 6-7:30pm

Join us for a co-hosted talk this Friday evening at the Old Rec Center Gym in Fort Bragg.

July 19, 2017

Noyo Center’s Orca Articulation Workshop

Join the Noyo Center’s month-long Orca Articulation Workshop, and help us re-assemble a 26-ft Orca skeleton, bone by bone. Mixing art, science and engineering, everyone involved will get a rare and intimate look into the life of a killer whale.

In 2015, an adult male Orca washed ashore on the Mendocino Coast tangled in crab pot line. He was identified as an Alaskan transient. The Noyo Center for Marine Science, in collaboration with California Academy of Sciences, collected and prepared the bones.

Now, three master articulators will lead us through the exciting process of articulating the skeleton in a way that reflects this magnificent mammal’s power and beauty. Throughout the workshop, as we build the whale, we will dive deep into killer whale anatomy, habitats and
communities, ecosystems and food chains, human interactions and conservation strategies. You don’t need a particular expertise to join our team, just an inquisitive mind, a love of bones, a penchant for puzzles, and a collaborative spirit.

Still not sure? We have more! We want you to fall in love with the Noyo Center and our stretch of the Mendocino Coast, so we will also offer a range of additional activities, including whale watching trips, kayak adventures, nature photography classes, scientific illustration instruction, scientific lectures and more. It will be a true Orca summer.


WHO:

At the Noyo Center we believe in experiencing science and are excited to offer this incredibly unique learning opportunity. Whether scientist or carpenter, retired grandma or inspired student, all will be considered through our application process. Just tell us a little bit about yourself. We will ask about your skills, but nothing is required. If you have a skill to share or a story to tell, please let us know. Students over 15 are considered with parental consent, and a limited number of scholarships are available. We will book only 12 slots per day.


WHEN:

July 17th – August 12th, 2017        Mondays – Saturdays      9:00am -5:00pm


WHERE:

Old Rec Gym in Fort Bragg


COST:

$50-$200 dollars a day, sliding scale. Please contribute what you can.

Noyo Center Sustaining Members get 3 days free.

A limited number of student scholarships are available, local students get preference.

Fees cover the cost of the workshop. A 50% non-refundable deposit will be required. Spaces are limited.

Find out more on the Noyo Center website.

June 12, 2017

International Surfing Day, Saturday, June 17

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, the Surfrider Foundation will host more than 200 events globally in celebration of the 13th International Surfing Day (ISD), an annual event to raise awareness, engage communities, and help protect our oceans for future generations.

We’re hosting a local International Surfing Day event with a beach clean-up at Big River Beach in Mendocino on Saturday, June 17th from 1:00-3:00pm. People of all ages are invited to join.

We’ll have a table set up at the bottom of the stairs (access from the town of Mendocino) by the volleyball nets.  Bring a bucket and gloves for trash pick-up, and let’s clean the beach!  Please be sure to deliver your trash back at the registration table — we’ll be weighing and sorting it to add to the global data.

Come be a part of this effort, along with thousands of volunteers from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Ghana, Tenerife, South Korea, the US and more!

 

May 12, 2017

Stop the expansion of offshore oil drilling into the Atlantic, Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic

On April 28th, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to expand offshore oil drilling in U.S. waters. The order directs the Department of the Interior to develop a new five-year oil and gas leasing program to consider new areas for offshore drilling. The order also blocks the creation of new national marine sanctuaries and orders a review of all existing sanctuaries and marine monuments designated or expanded in the past ten years.

There are serious environmental impacts associated with each stage of offshore drilling, including marine mammal harm from seismic surveys, polluted water from oil processing, and potential for oil spills that can damage entire ecosystems.

America needs to conserve energy, protect our natural resources and look for innovative ways to build a sustainable energy portfolio. Offshore oil drilling is not the answer.

Please join our campaign to stop new offshore drilling off U.S. coastlines. See below to learn how you can take action.

  • Send an email to your federal leaders by completing this action alert.
  • Call your representatives in congress to tell them to oppose new offshore drilling! Find your member’s phone numbers here: Senate and House.
  • Visit Surfrider’s Stop New Offshore Drilling campaign page click here.
February 13, 2017

Scott Pruitt is a bad choice for the EPA

Dear Members & Friends of Surfrider,

The U.S. Senate is on the verge of approving Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, someone who has openly and repeatedly tried to undermine the agency’s abilities to enforce environmental regulations and public health safeguards.  As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt sued the EPA 14 times in an effort to block federal air and water pollution regulations.  Based on his record, Pruitt’s confirmation would severely weaken the agency’s effectiveness in protecting the environment and regulating polluters.

But Americans didn’t vote for dirty water and more pollution.  Make your voice heard and send an email to your Senators asking them to Vote No for the nomination of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the EPA.

Let the Senate know that clean air and clean water are important to you and your family and the EPA needs to be empowered to continue to meet its mission of protecting the environment and public health.

Thank you!

 

October 20, 2016

Bring your reusable bag with you today and every day!

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October 11, 2016

Vote Yes on 67 – Protect the Bag Ban in California

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In 2014, California passed a law to phase out wasteful, single-use plastic grocery bags, with broad support from local governments, business groups, unions, retailers, and environmental organizations. More than 150 communities across California have already banned plastic bags. But plastic bag companies from Texas, South Carolina, and New Jersey are trying to overturn this law. Now it’s up to us to protect California’s plastic bag ban—the first statewide bag ban in the nation—to save our oceans, marine wildlife, and our neighborhoods from plastic pollution.

Vote YES on Prop 67 to protect California’s plastic bag ban.

Sign the pledge, then share this page with your friends and family to keep the conversation going that all of California needs to VOTE YES ON PROP 67!

January 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

Hare Creek Needs Our Help!

The City of Fort Bragg has approved plans for a new shopping center on the ocean side of Hwy. 1, above Hare Creek. This is bad news for downtown businesses, and also bad news for run-off into Hare Creek. For anyone who can attend this meeting, it will hopefully be an opportunity to state our opinions on the proposed development.
The Fort Bragg Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, January 28th at 6:00pm at the John Diederich Center at 208 Dana St. in Fort Bragg. At the conclusion of the meeting the Planning Commission will consider adoption of the draft mitigated negative declaration by the California Environmental Quality Act.

Staff reports and other documents that will be considered are available on the City’s website at: https://cityfortbragg.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

September 21, 2014

Coastal Cleanup Day – Saturday, Sept 20th

The Mendocino County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation sponsored the Ward Ave. beach clean up as part of the statewide California Coastal Cleanup Day event organized by the California Coastal Commission. Dianne and Brennan are the Co-Captains for the fourth year in row. Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to join together to take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, and to have fun!

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During the Coastal Cleanup in  2013, Mendocino County saw the removal of over 3,000 pounds of trash and 500 pounds of recyclables with the help of over 300 volunteers along 100 miles of shoreline. Of the trash collected worldwide during last year’s event, these were the Top 10 items collected:

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 To learn more, visit www.CoastalCleanUpDay.org

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