We hope our monthly newsletter finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. We know it continues to be a difficult time for all. We hope you are taking a pause to observe the arrival of spring in your neighborhood and to feel grounded by views of Mt. Tamalpais in these uncertain times.
One Tam's land managers appreciate the community rallying to protect public safety by observing new park restrictions. We are particularly grateful to our One Tam members who continue to support us as we await the full reopening of our parklands. We couldn’t do our work without you, so thank you for being part of our community and supporting the mountain! Not a member yet? Join us.
Over the coming weeks, One Tam's five partner agencies will continue to offer innovative ways to connect with Mt. Tam and parklands across the Bay Area. For updates, stay tuned to this newsletter, visit our website and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
What’s happening this month? Read on to learn how we’re adapting the worldwide City Nature Challenge to the virtual realm, meet our newest staff member and get tips on staying connected from home.
Hands on Tam volunteers at Muir Beach, 2019. Photo by Peter Lin.
City Nature Challenge is a global community science event that calls on us all to connect with nature and virtually “collect” observations of trees, plants, birds and other critters using the iNaturalist identification app. Due to COVID-19, this year’s event has transformed from a competition to a world-wide, collaborative campaign celebrating the hyper-local biodiversity in our backyards and nature’s healing powers in this difficult time.
We invite you to join us in the spirit of being “together apart” by downloading iNaturalist on your smartphone and taking as many observations as you can from April 24 –27th. Remember to follow local public health guidelines by keeping safe social distances and see how many types of trees, plants, birds and other critters you can find near or even inside your home. Any observations from Marin County will automatically be included in One Tam’s City Nature Challenge project on iNaturalist.
Wondering what happened to your student's fish from our Trout in the Classroom partnership? This charming video tells the story of one release.
Missing your animal sightings on One Tam? We'll be regularly posting images from our Wildlife Picture Index cameras to Instagram. Follow us for photos and fun facts about local fauna.
Naturalist Find: Ceanothus Silk Moth
Our iNaturalist observation of the mont was taken by Michelle Karle.
This huge moth spotted near Muir Woods by iNaturalist user Michelle Karle is remarkable for its extravagant feathery antennae, which are used for smell. Adults moths do not feed and as larvae, they feed on Ceanothus, a group of native shrubs with beautiful purple or white flowers.
Cailey joins the One Tam team as Associate Director of Individual Giving. An avid hiker and backpacker, Cailey fell in love with the trails on Mt. Tam when she moved to the Bay Area a decade ago. With a background in environmental stewardship and public health, she is passionate about the linkages between public lands and public health and is thrilled to be a part of the One Tam team. In her new role, Cailey will be building relationships with supporters and donors, as well as helping lead the One Tam Ambassadors program.
Want to know more? Email Cailey and learn how you can help support One Tam.
This California newt was observed at Lake Lagunitas during a January bioblitz.
One Tam works to ensure a healthy, vibrant and diverse landscape for our beloved and iconic Mt. Tam. We are the community-supported partnership of Mt. Tam’s land agencies and managers.
One Team leads programs that care for our mountain, inspire our next generation of land stewards and strengthen our local community. We invite you to join us.