An early welcome to Summer, California Project WET Alumni!
The Summer 2018 California Project WET Gazette is ‘live’ on the Water Education Foundation website. An outbreak of highly invasive nutria has been spreading in the northern San Joaquin Valley toward the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. As the beginning of June is California Invasive Species Action Week, it seemed worth it to return to the topic of invasive species by highlighting one in particular - Nutria. The Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center will be hosting the California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Marine Invasive Species program throughout Invasive Species Action week if you are in the Sacramento area.
Nutria and other invasive species in the Delta is also the latest article topic in our Water Education Foundation flagship e-magazine Western Water – now open to FREE registration for anyone interested in the latest news coverage of critical water issues facing California and the West!
The NOAA/Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary invites classrooms still in session next week to take part in a Google Hangout event with “Exploring by the Seat of our Pants” in celebration of the ocean throughout the week of June 4th-8th. Jennifer Stock will be talking about deep water exploration in the local Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones national marine sanctuaries on June 6th at 12pm Pacific time. Classrooms can join in on camera and ask questions and anyone can watch live via YouTube. Check out the 40+ ocean scientists and explorers, sign up, share often and dive in! http://www.exploringbytheseat.com/lessons/#upcoming
California Project WET was one of several programs asked to submit a potential water location for the current International Space Station (ISS) team to photograph in a series highlighting special water places around the planet. Project WET Foundation board member and Astronaut Ricky Arnold snapped this shot of the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta from the ISS this past weekend, just a day or two after a series of heavy rain and thunderstorms rolled through the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada.
We also have a host of unique workshop opportunities this Summer focusing on understanding climate change in California (Long Beach), our summer Floodplain Ecology Institutes in the Central Valley and the addition of Project WET to the Forestry Institute for Teachers in the mountains – and a new From Mountains to the Sea training for teachers in the Monterey Bay region!
Hope you enjoy a wonderful Summer! - Brian