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Under the Surface of Sonoma Creek (Video)

Under the Surface of Sonoma Creek (Video)

From above, Sonoma Creek is quiet and serene. But below the surface it teems with life, as shown in video footage taken earlier this month by Sonoma Ecology Center Senior Scientist and Research Program Manager Steven Lee. The footage was taken as Steve and fellow...

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The Bears Are Back—Let’s Make It a Happy Return

The Bears Are Back—Let’s Make It a Happy Return

Recent black bear sightings around Sonoma Valley remind us of things we can do to live peacefully with this keystone species. The past couple weeks have come with numerous black bear sightings in Sonoma Valley, from Cavedale Road to the Keen Property to Jack London...

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Drought Problems and Solutions

Drought Problems and Solutions

Don’t let the late-season rains fool you: this has been another dry year for Sonoma Valley. Northern California’s 2019-20 rainy season started out strong, but petered out during the holidays. By February, weather watchers were hoping for a “March miracle”—and although...

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Sugarloaf Now Accessible by Vehicle

Sugarloaf Now Accessible by Vehicle

In the space of a few weeks, Sonoma County’s public parks have gone from full closure to “soft closure” and now, as of this week, to a “soft opening.” Under the new rules, county residents may now drive to inland parks, including those managed by Sonoma Ecology...

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EnviroLeaders Program Back on for Summer

EnviroLeaders Program Back on for Summer

Local teens who love nature and the outdoors—and could use some paid work this summer—are in luck. Our educators are constantly seeking new ways to offer their hands-on science education while keeping the community safe during the coronavirus pandemic. As part of that...

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Sonoma Ecology Center Plans Prescribed Burn for Van Hoosear

Sonoma Ecology Center Plans Prescribed Burn for Van Hoosear

UPDATE: The prescribed burn at Van Hoosear is now tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 22, dependent on weather conditions. Sonoma Ecology Center, CalFire and other partners s are planning a prescribed burn at the privately owned Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve west...

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Sonoma Valley Parks Open to Non-Driving Visitors

Sonoma Valley Parks Open to Non-Driving Visitors

By order of the Sonoma County Health Officer, local parks and open spaces are now operating under an amended closure termed “soft closure”—meaning they are accessible during normal park hours by foot or bicycle only. The new rules apply to most non-coastal parks and...

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With Earth Day Behind Us, a Look Back—and Forward

With Earth Day Behind Us, a Look Back—and Forward

Thirty years ago, Sonoma came together to put on a party. Earth Day 1990 was big, with 200 million people celebrating worldwide, and Sonoma wasn’t going to be left out. A coalition of businesses, educators, parents, students, religious leaders, farmers, artists and...

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Share Your Vision on SDC’s Future

Share Your Vision on SDC’s Future

Sonoma Developmental Center’s future is in the community’s hands. To take full advantage of that, all local residents are strongly encouraged to join a Virtual Community Kick-Off for the SDC Specific Plan from now to Saturday, May 2. Closure of the 860-acre...

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