San Francisco Bay NWR Complex Events

Virtual Fall Programs

 September-November 2020

These programs are presented by San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society and the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program (SCVURPPP) through the Watershed Watchers program. Questions? Contact



Drawbridge: History & Virtual Tour

Sat, September 26th 10:00-11:30am

 Sun, September 27th 1:00-2:30pm

 Celebrate National Public Lands Day (Sept 26) and Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day (Sept 29) with us! Join Ceal Craig, SFBWS President, for a special opportunity to dive into the history of Drawbridge, a ghost town that once lived on an island along the South San Francisco Bay. Presentation will be approximately 1 hour and will end with time for questions/discussion from participants.

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History and Mystery of the Refuge and the Bay

 Sat, October 17th 1:00-2:30pm

 Thurs, November 12th 5:00-6:30pm

 The Refuge was created in 1972, but this story starts 200 years earlier when Europeans discovered San Francisco Bay. Learn about the Bay’s history and the answers to mysteries such as: Why are mercury and gold a lethal duo? How did silver mining in Nevada affect the bay? Why was Oscar the Grouch happier 60 years ago than today? Join docent Larry Rosenblum to discover the answer to these mysteries and others, then take a virtual tour through one of the marshes of the refuge.

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Refuge Rails and Tales

 Sat, October 24th 1:00-2:30pm

 Thurs, November 19th 5:00-6:30pm

 Behind the peaceful refuge and beautiful bay are many fascinating tales: the little rail vs. the big rail, the mouse with the mighty tail, the amazing mistake that led to the discovery of the bay, the marsh named after Chicago, how the bay was nearly destroyed (twice!), how three women saved the bay, why the refuge was created, and many more! Join docent Larry Rosenblum as he recounts little-known tales that will give you an appreciation of the refuge and the bay.

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