07 August 2021

Longfin Smelt and Zooplankton in the San Francisco Estuary

Zooplankton are an important part of the San Francisco Estuary food web. Zooplankton are small (often crustaceous) organisms that feed on phytoplankton (algae) in the water. Phytoplankton derive their energy from the sun. Zooplankton filter…
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07 August 2021

Longfin Smelt and Freshwater Outflow in the San Francisco Estuary

To understand why longfin smelt have been in decline in recent decades we must familiarize ourselves with the life history of this unique fish. Longfin smelt are an anadromous fish species, meaning that they migrate…
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06 August 2021

My Latino Conservation Week Event

I have been very fortunate this summer to have split my time between two urban refuges. There has been so much to learn from each site and it has been a great lesson to see…
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05 August 2021

Unforgettable Moments: Summer '21 in Photos

As my eleven-week fellowship comes to an end, it’s hard to imagine that barely three months ago I sat at this computer writing my first emails with my new Fish and Wildlife Service email address.…
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05 August 2021

3 Ways to Have Fun Solo Camping

On June 17th, I had the opportunity to accompany two interns into the field to map Smith’s Blue Butterfly habitat. Fort Ord Dunes State Park, where we surveyed, is only a few miles from Monterey,…
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05 August 2021

Environmentalism Through Gaming

Hello my name is Veronica Cuyun I’m a Conservation Community Champion with the Hispanic Access Foundation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. My first month working with the Urban Wildlife Refuge team has been very…
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