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September/October Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Tips - Picking Up Litter on Your Walks/Runs & DIY Water Conservation  
  • Workshop - Roseland Creek Cleanup, Sonoma County
  • Meet our Intern Warren Cardimona
  • Event - Online Auction Starts this Saturday. Place a bid this weekend and we will send you FREE POLLINATOR WILDFLOWER SEEDS!

The Trash Before the Storm!

While we are in the midst of a historic drought it is fair to expect that we will get rain this winter! With that in mind, Fall is an excellent time to pick up litter! Why you ask? Well, that litter you see in the parking lot, on the street, or in the gutter during the summer makes its way into storm drains with the first storms.

Storm drains empty into local creeks which then flow into larger bodies of water; rivers, lagunas, esteros, sloughs, bays, and ultimately the Pacific Ocean. Trash and pollutants that enter our creeks, in addition to being unsightly, negatively impact water quality, wildlife, and even flood protection measures. 

Luckily we can all take action with simple practices to help prevent trash migration into our creeks and waterways.  Here are some tips for picking up litter while walking your dog, hiking or jogging.

  • Carry a small trash bag, barrel bag and gloves with you to hold and pick up trash on your walks or runs
  • If your typical running or walking route is out-and-back, identify items to pick up on the way out, and then actually pause to pick them all up on the way back.  Squats are good for you:) 
  • Don’t feel that you have to do it every time you go out for a walk or jog. Make it a monthly or weekend tradition.
  • Bring a friend or organize a group, or join us for our next creek clean-up on November 14th!  Register Here

Additional resources for DIY rainwater harvesting, stormwater management, water conservation resources, and more:

How to plan a DIY clean up 
Lake County’s Clean Water Program webpage
Lake County RCD
Marin County’s Creeks, Bay and Flood Information webpage 
Marin RCD
County of Mendocino’s Stormwater webpage
Mendocino RCD 
Sonoma Water’s Stormwater webpage
Sonoma RCD
Gold Ridge RCD
Best Practices for Businesses on Protecting Creeks.

Register Here to Join our November 14th Creek Clean up

Meet our Mendocino College Student Intern - Warren Cardimona

We have some pretty awesome staff members at Conservation Works!  In his role as Intern Conservationist, Warren is leading our innovative research project to find out if different mushrooms can be used as an alternative to herbicide use for brush control in managed forests. Warren, is a phenomenal mycologist with a great deal of experience identifying, foraging, and even growing mushrooms!  Read more about our Turkey Tail project here. 

Interested in learning more about mushrooms?  Our Forester Darcie Mahoney and Warren Cardimona are leading an informative guided mushroom & plant walk of at least 1.5 hours through a Mendocino County forest as an auction offering this year.   Winning bidders will learn about the important roles mushrooms play in forest ecology, and their diversity and receive the book "Fantastic Fungi: Expanding Consciousness, Alternative Healing, Environmental Impact" -  Paul Stamets.  Click here for details.

Place a bid during this first weekend of our auction (October 16th or 17th) and we will send you a gift of wildflower seeds to plant for the bees in your area this fall.  

Like many non-profits these past few years, we have had to pivot away from our lovely live auction and barbecue to an online auction.  Our auction begins on Saturday October 16th, ending on October 26, you can preview or bid on the exciting and wonderful lots today by clicking here. 

Our Auction Team members have worked hard to gather items that we think you will like--from great stays (Mendocino Get-A-Way), unusual experiences (Cheese Making/Ranch Tour at Achadinha Cheese Company, VIP wine tasting tours, guided mushroom walks, and more), fine wines, art, jewelry, and other great items!  

"It is important to use your dollars for good. If you are able to give to non-profits that have goals that are in line with your beliefs it is a win-win situation."    Sonia Byck-Barwick and Dan Barwick, long time supporters of Conservation Works.
Click Here to View Auction Items


Run out of Coffee?  Keep the Buzz Going with a Monthly Coffee Subscription to Bee Bold

Conservation Works is a Pollinator Partner with Thanksgiving Coffee Company.   Purchase of their Bee Bold product line helps support our work as a Pollinator Protector.   When you purchase Bee Bold Coffee online, we receive 20% of your purchase price to help fund our conservation programs.  

Happy sipping! 


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