We Are Near Average Rainfall This Year

We Are Near Average Rainfall This Year

Nathanson Creek Detention Basin after the storm on January 9, 2023.Good news as a result of these recent storms! Given the current trajectory, we may be coming out of the drought here in Sonoma County. Sonoma Ecology Center Senior Scientist, Steven Lee, is optimistic...

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SDC Specific Plan Update

SDC Specific Plan Update

The Sonoma Developmental Center campus Starting with the establishment of the County's first recognized wildlife corridor across the Sonoma Developmental Center in 1998, and the eventual transfer of 600 acres of SDC's open space lands to Jack London State Historic...

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Fall and Winter Garden Maintenance

Fall and Winter Garden Maintenance

By Jon Nord Kanagy A great transition is afoot in our gardens as frosts prompt many species to drop their leaves, and moisture from the recent rains cause other plants to grow and allow seeds to germinate. It continues to be a great time to install new plants, and...

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Climate Watch: New Climate Column from Sonoma Ecology Center

Climate Watch: New Climate Column from Sonoma Ecology Center

This post was originally published in the Sonoma Index-Tribune Climate Column on November 3, 2022. The Sonoma Ecology Center is excited to share our voice on this new, monthly Climate Column. By Richard Dale A friend in Sonoma noted that last year, when the actor...

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Wildfire Risks Along North Bay Creeks

Wildfire Risks Along North Bay Creeks

Creeks in some settings act as barriers to wildfires, with flowing water, moist soils, and shady groves of trees.  However, riparian (creekside) vegetation can also provide an avenue for rapid spread of fires owing to dense vegetation, infestations of invasive...

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Opening a Can of Worms on Compost at Sonoma Garden Park

Opening a Can of Worms on Compost at Sonoma Garden Park

Jonny Ehlers knows when you talk about composting you're opening a whole can of worms - both figuratively and literally. “Once we start unraveling the benefits of creating our own soil, it connects to everything, truly everything,” says Ehlers, laughing, “compost and...

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Earth Day 2022 | Día de la tierra, 2022

Earth Day 2022 | Día de la tierra, 2022

Earth Day 2022 | Día de la tierra, 2022There’s a soft greenness over our corner of the world this time of year, a flush of life in the grasses now in seed and the late wildflowers, a ripeness that heralds a turn of seasons from spring to summer. If I could make a wish...

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Sonoma Ecology Center Earthlings Call for New Members!

Sonoma Ecology Center Earthlings Call for New Members!

The Sonoma Ecology Center Earthlings Club is open for new members for Spring! The SEC Earthlings club was begun by a group of teens with a goal to fuel positive climate action from the youth of Sonoma Valley. The club has since evolved to welcome members of all ages...

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Staff Highlight: Ross Adams, Restoration Project Manager

Staff Highlight: Ross Adams, Restoration Project Manager

Meet Ross Adams: Restoration Project ManagerRoss Adams has helped support and lead our restoration crew through a wide variety of projects over the past year with Sonoma Ecology Center. Whether it's pulling broom or wielding a chain saw we're grateful to have such...

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Sonoma’s Drought Questions Answered

Sonoma’s Drought Questions Answered

We’ve heard from many community members wanting to know about current water supply levels, what to expect in the months to come, and what implications drought years might have on the environment and our daily lives. With all this in mind, we turned to our Senior...

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Kenwood Marsh Checkerbloom Stewardship Day

Kenwood Marsh Checkerbloom Stewardship Day

On a cool February morning, a joint team of eight from Sonoma Ecology Center (SEC) Restoration, SEC Research, and biologists from CDFW Native Plant Program came together in the Kenwood Marsh to help save a very special plant, the Kenwood Marsh Checkerbloom (commonly...

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