2017 Wildlife Conservation Commission Grant Cycle
Friends of Napa River, $10,000
Napa River Classroom Watershed Education Program: The Watershed Education Program will provide classroom and field explorations to study our river and wetland ecosystems for over 1,000 local students over the 2017-2018 school year. This program is provided at no cost to the schools, making it accessible to any teacher in the American Canyon, Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga Schools. Activities will include classroom presentations that connect students to their home watershed, and field trips with hands-on activities. Teachers will be offered the option to have their students create projects to help protect wildlife habitat and support conservation efforts, to allow them to serve as docents and mentors to their peers and to other younger students and provide outreach and environmental education to the public.
Land Trust of Napa County, $12,720
Ecological Restoration at the Missimer Snell Valley Preserve, Year Two: Land Trust of Napa County will build on restoration gains made through its 2016 Napa County Wildlife Conservation Commission grant by continuing invasive exotic plant species removal efforts within the Missimer Preserve’s serpentine meadows. The Missimer Preserve’s serpentine meadows have long been regarded as one the most important botanical sites in both Napa County and the Bay region. Wildflowers in the serpentine meadows have declined in recent years due to invasive species. Grant funds will be used to systematically remove invasive species throughout target areas within the Preserve.
Napa County Regional Park & Open Space District, $4,000
Napa Girls Outdoors (Napa GO!) Program: Create a program of guided nature hikes and focused outreach to the girls and women of Napa County. Napa Go! will be designed to get women and girls outdoors together to experience and explore the rich local outdoor opportunities of Napa County through a series of safe, fun, and educational organized hikes. The hikes would:
- Highlight local, female outdoor-related experts (biologists, ecologists, birders, experts in first-aid, professional rangers, and the like).
- If possible, interpretation would be provided in both English and Spanish.
- Be welcoming to women of all experience levels and abilities.
- Take place in various locations throughout Napa County, with a focus on exposing women to parks, trails and natural preserves which they might not have previously visited.
- The last hike of the season would be at a location not typically open to the public, such as the Suscol Headwaters Preserve, and could include a small celebration with snacks.
Napa County Resource Conservation District, $6,076
Napa River Steelhead and Salmon PIT Tagging Program: As part of the RCD’s steelhead and salmon monitoring program, Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags are used to identify and track individual fish through time. As fish pass antenna set up across rivers, their movements are tracked. The 2016-2017 storm season destroyed the PIT tag antenna across the Napa River. Funds will be used to replace and maintain the antenna such that this valuable tracking program can continue.
Napa-Solano Audubon, $7,000
Contract a part-time Education Coordinator for 2017-2018 school year, who will maintain or begin the following activities:
- Lead Junior Audubon and Beginning Birding walks
- Visit schools
- Attend community events such as STEM events and Earth Day Celebration
- Manage schools participating in Nest Box monitoring
- Educate and manage Citizen Science teams and projects, including:
- Project OwlNet
Napa Wildlife Rescue, $2,500
Laptop Computer and New Banners: In addition to rehabilitation efforts, NWR has grown significantly in the community and outreach strategy execution as well. The programs are aimed at building wildlife appreciation and prevention through awareness of human activities that may put wildlife at risk, and promotion of the Hawkline and NWR as the places to go when help is needed. NWR supplements the program with a regular newsletter to a growing subscriber base, and maintains an active, vibrant web site and Facebook page. Grant funds will be used for a laptop computer and new banners to enhance the quality and profile of outreach and education efforts.