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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Wildflower Hikes in Sonoma County

Wildflower Hikes in Sonoma County

One of our favorite ways to enjoy spring is to watch as nature puts on its show of breathtaking wildflowers. One after another, species burst into bloom with sprays of yellow, orange, purple and white, all across green fields and woodlands. This year the bloom arrived...

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The Project to Uncover SDC’s Biodiversity

The Project to Uncover SDC’s Biodiversity

When taking a walk through the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) campus, one is struck immediately with its striking buildings and the plane trees that arch over this charismatic and much-discussed property. However, there’s much more than first meets the eye in this...

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Harnessing the Bounty of the Wet Season

Harnessing the Bounty of the Wet Season

How can we harness the bounty of the wet season all year long?  In the middle of California’s rainy season, it’s easy to think that water is abundant. Just a month ago, storms were passing through regularly, creeks were rushing, grassy hills were vibrant green, and...

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Staff Highlight: Cali Pearce

Staff Highlight: Cali Pearce

Introducing Cali Pearce: AmeriCorps Member for Volunteer Infrastructure ServicesCali Pearce joined our team as our first ever Americorp volunteer to help Sonoma Ecology Center bring it’s volunteer management system into the digital age and shape our volunteer culture....

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The Life Cycle of Chinook in Sonoma Creek

The Life Cycle of Chinook in Sonoma Creek

The Chinook salmon that have been making their run up the Sonoma Creek watershed are reaching the end of their life cycle. In the video below you can catch a glimpse of changes their bodies undergo as they enter a rapid senescence - a process observed in salmon in...

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Department of De-Fence

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,...

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Sonoma Creek Has Salmon Again

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...

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