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Honoring Mount Diablo for Earth Day

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA – Save Mount Diablo (“SMD”) and Campolindo High School (“CHS”) signed a Conservation Collaboration Agreement on April 16, 2018, to honor and help protect the Mount Diablo natural area in recognition of Earth Day. SMD’s Conservation Collaboration Agreement program is one part of the organization’s larger Community Conservation initiative, and is built upon the wisdom of Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic,” the proven power of solos in nature, and the recognition that we must all do more than just business as usual to help address the widely documented “Nature Deficit Disorder” in our modern, wired society.

“The Campolindo Science Department is passionate about providing our students with outdoor education and stewardship opportunities that connect them with the natural world. We are thrilled to be working with Save Mount Diablo, as they are providing our students with both, as well as providing excellent role models who are acting locally to protect land on behalf of people, and on behalf of wildlife. There is much bad news when studying environmental science – it is very encouraging and empowering for our students to engage with an organization that is accomplishing so much in terms of land conservancy and habitat restoration,” said CHS Teacher Jane Kelson.

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Bioblitz 2018: Exploring Arroyo Del Cerro

This year’s Bioblitz was the most highly attended SMD Bioblitz since 2007, with seventy-five biologists and expert naturalists compared to the usual thirty to forty naturalists of years past. Participants came from LSA, Nomad Ecology, Swaim Biological, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, the California Academy of Sciences, and the California Native Plant Society, among others, and donated their time over the weekend.

Arroyo Del Cerro is home to the federally listed California red-legged frog and “has the potential for California tiger salamander,” said Malcolm Sproul. Other species were spotted as well, including the endemic Contra Costa manzanita. (Endemic means this species of manzanita only occurs in the area.) In total, 419 species were found, a high number that reflects the diverse habitat on the land.

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Audible Mount Diablo’s Newest Video Podcast Guide, “Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve”

WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. — Enthusiastic fans of “Audible Mount Diablo” joined Save Mount Diablo recently at their offices in Walnut Creek for the premiere “green carpet” release of the latest Audible Mount Diablo guide, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve: the rocks, the boomtowns, and nature’s remarkable recovery. It’s the 13th in a series of hour-long guides to Diablo area parks, each made up of ten to fifteen 3-5 minute segments.

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve traverses areas of grassland, foothill woodland, chaparral, and more. In the latest guide, viewers will enjoy learning about one of the East Bay’s most storied and beautiful parks while taking in some of Scott Hein’s amazing nature photography (featuring great views of our favorite mountain)!

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