Tidewater Goby Workshop September 21-23, 2018

WRA’s Daniel Chase is among a panel of expert instructors for the upcoming Tidewater Goby Ecology & Management workshop September 21-23, 2018 at the Pt. Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, California. The event is co-hosted by the Cal/Neva Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the Western Section of The Wildlife Society and will cover … Continue Reading »

Northern Mockingbird Article Featured in San Diego Audubon Society Newsletter

WRA’s Anna Prowant contributed an article to the Summer 2018 edition of San Diego Audubon Society’s newsletter Sketches. Her article, Creature Feature: The Northern Mockingbird, can be found on page 7 of the issue. Click here to read the full issue. Anna volunteers as an Educational Docent at the Anstine-Audubon Nature Preserve. Learn more about the chapter … Continue Reading »

Napa River Rotary Screw Trap Open House May 6

On Sunday May 6, 2018 the Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) will host an open house at the Napa River Rotary Screw Trap. For nearly a decade, the RCD has been using the rotary screw trap, a fish collection device, to monitor fish populations in the Napa River Watershed, with particular focus on steelhead … Continue Reading »

Spring Environmental Checklist

RARE PLANT SURVEY Conducting a full season of rare plant surveys before designing your project can help you avoid last-minute redesigns and costly project delays. The first step is conducting a habitat assessment to determine whether rare plants have potential to occur on your site and whether surveys are needed. Because different rare plants bloom … Continue Reading »

Expanding Opportunities for Environmental DNA Sampling

by Daniel Chase and Patricia Valcarcel The molecule that contains the genetic instructions for life, and is found in every species on the planet, is now opening new doors and providing a powerful tool for biologists and natural resource managers.  Deoxyribonucleic acid, more commonly known as DNA, is fundamental to life.  For decades, scientists have … Continue Reading »

Endangered Coho Salmon Return to Redwood Creek

In January 2018, nearly 200 adult Coho salmon were released back into Redwood Creek in Marin County, California. This is the story of their unusual journey home.

WRA Fisheries Expert to Present at the American Fisheries Society Cal-Neva Annual Meeting

The Cal-Neva Chapter of the American Fisheries Society 52nd Annual Meeting will be held February 28-March 2 in San Luis Obispo. The theme of the meeting is “Outside the Bubble”. The conference, which brings together academics, scientists, regulators, and others dedicated to the fisheries community, will focus on the critical need to engage with those … Continue Reading »

Endangered Species Habitat Expanded in Marin

The Creekside Marsh near Hal Brown Park is home to the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse, California Ridgway’s rail, and many other tidal marsh species.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers filled this marsh and many other tidal wetlands in the watershed with dredge spoils in the late 1960’s when the earthen channel for the … Continue Reading »

WRA Guest Column Featured in North Bay Biz Wine Issue

The March 2017 North Bay Biz magazine features WRA’s guest column on the increasing use of drones in the agricultural industry, especially for vineyards. WRA has supported the North Bay wine industry for several decades, from vineyard site selection, development, permitting, and maintenance. Recent advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology, ‑aka drones‑now allows for substantial … Continue Reading »

Callippe Preserve Recognized for Continued Environmental Stewardship

    One of WRA’s legacy projects, the Callippe Golf Course and Preserve in Pleasanton, California, has again been recognized for environmental stewardship. The property has retained a status as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” since 2006 as authorized through a program of Audubon International. Read a recent press release here. Starting in 1999, WRA … Continue Reading »