Department of De-Fence

The Sonoma Ecology Center (SEC) has worked to preserve, protect and improve the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor since we originally identified and championed this critical natural resource component of the Sonoma Valley landscape back in the 1990’s. The initial idea,...

Sonoma Creek Has Salmon Again

We all feel like celebrating over this news: Sonoma Creek has salmon again! Research Program Manager and aquatic scientist Steven Lee assembled this inspiring video of the Chinook (King salmon) as they made their journey upstream and began settling into their spawning...

Something to Celebrate: Beavers Return to Sonoma Creek

It’s been a long summer of extreme drought conditions in Sonoma Valley. In what seems like a steady stream of dire news for our watershed one glimmer of good news stands out: beavers are moving back into Sonoma Creek. The return of these charming dam builders isn’t...

From August to September: An Update on our Watershed

Over the course of just one month we’re observing intensifying conditions in our creeks. As we enter the month of September we’re feeling that familiar warm weather typical of late summer in the San Francisco Bay Area. These hot end of season days are making...

Update on the Endangered Kenwood Marsh Checkerbloom

We are excited to share an update on the endangered Kenwood Marsh Checkerbloom from Ayla Mills, Nursery Propagation Manager of our Native Plant Nursery at Sonoma Garden Park.  Ayla graduated from Chico State University with a M.S. in biology with a focus in botany....

Another successful prescribed burn in the books!

Mother Nature’s gift of a cool morning, relative humidity, low wind plus our technically capable team and preparedness allowed Sonoma Ecology Center and our partners the right weather conditions to conduct another successful prescribed burn at Van Hoosear Wildflower...