December 13, 2014
Hello Friends of San Lorenzo River Wildlife ~
We have a great opportunity to be proactive in meeting one of our key goals - "Protection of the SLR habitat for breeding, feeding, and resting of resident and migratory birds, fish and all wildlife species." We write to you now to inform you of a UCSC research project that will provide important data for the benefit of the river and all of its wildlife species.
Since FoSLRW has been very concerned about artificial breaching of the river (as has the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife), we were pleased to learn that UCSC's Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has developed a monitoring project which will "use time-lapse photography to document patterns of bar-built estuary (lagoon) breaches in Santa Cruz County, monitoring the causes, timing, and impacts on fish and wildlife." The project "will deploy time-lapse cameras at three natural sites (Waddell Creek, Laguna Creek, and Old Dairy Creek) and three anthropogenically impacted sites (San Lorenzo River, Corcoran Lagoon, and Soquel Creek)."
Riverine species have adapted to the seasonal formation of a lagoon, as the river is blocked from flowing directly to the bay during summer months. It is in this special habitat where a new generation of fish (called fry) are able to feed and grow to be ready to be washed out to sea during the winter rainy season. Bird and insect species also benefit from this lagoon habitat and even adapt to feeding on the algae mats that form in the stilled river water. Fry lost to an artificial breach can impact the amount of food available to the next generation of birds.
The UCSC project team was delighted to learn that Friends of SLR Wildlife is contributing the equipment needed for monitoring the San Lorenzo River. Since the UCSC team cannot accept monetary donations, the monitoring equipment was ordered online and is being shipped directly to the folks at the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCSC's Long Marine Lab. Thanks to the generosity of Michael Lewis, who volunteered his credit card and placed the order! The cost to purchase the equipment** -- specifically for the San Lorenzo River -- is $235.21. So far, we have pledges of $125. Additional donations ($5, $10, $15...) would be greatly appreciated. Any donations from Supporters of FoSLRW and this project will be sent to Michael to reimburse him.
We'll soon have a page on our web site describing this particular action, which will show our campaign on behalf of the San Lorenzo River and its wildlife in a very positive light. Perhaps this may even lead to more people learning about FoSLRW and adding their names to our growing Supporter page.
If you do want to pledge a donation to this endeavor, please reply to this email and we will be back in touch with you to give you a mailing address for your check. Since we are not a 501(c)3 organization, we cannot offer a tax benefit for your contribution. Let's just say you are doing it for the birds! Feel free to contact us with any further questions.
**Components of one complete Estuary Monitoring set-up:
Primos Truth Cam Ultra 35 Model No. 63014
Truth Cam Ultra Security Box Model No. 63095
Truth Cam Ultra Battery Case Model No. 64015
SanDisk 32GB Ultra Class 10 SDHC Model No. SDSDUN-032G-G46
Master lock 178D Combination Padlock
(2) AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (16-pack) Model No. RFQ419
EBL 8 Bay AA/AAA Quick Charger Smart Battery Charger Model No. EBL