20 Years of Canopy
September 2017 TreEnews
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Trees and Birds of the Badlands
Tree Walk: Trees & Birds of the Baylands
Saturday, September 9, 10am - 12pm BaylandsNEW
Meet at Environmental Volunteers' EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero, Palo Alto
Join expert arborists  Ellyn Shea and Dave Dockter, and expert birders  Toby Goldberg and Marilyn Horner, as Canopy and Environmental Volunteers partner to offer a Saturday walk through the Baylands. We'll discuss tips and tricks for bird watching and learn about the essential habitats that trees and plants of the Baylands provide.
Planting trees greens our community
Workshop: Planting Leader Training PLT
Part 1: Tues. 9/26  or Thurs. 9/28, 6-8pm
Part 2: Saturday, 9/30, 9am - 12pm
Want to volunteer outside, meet neighbors, and bring more shade and greenery to our community? Join Canopy's tree planting team!
In this two-part workshop, you'll learn the ins and outs of tree planting technique and how to care for newly planted trees.
Afterwards, you'll have the chance to put your new skills to work, guiding fellow volunteers at Canopy tree planting events throughout the community.  No prior experience necessary!
First Planting of the Fall Season   Fall
Tree Planting: University Village 
Saturday, October 7, 9am - 12pm
Jack Farrell Park, 2509 Fordham St, East Palo Alto
This fall we return to Jack Farrell Park and the University Village neighborhood to bring more young trees to the community.  
Join us to plant additional street and yard trees, and grow the benefits of a healthy urban forest throughout this residential area. Email uriel@canopy.org with questions or group volunteer inquiries.
Celebrate Oaktober with Canopy!  Oaktober
Mark your calendars! This fall, join Canopy for an "Oak-tastic" month of events. Visit the Oaktober event page for complete details on what's coming up.
Tree Walk: Oaks of Stanford Oaks
SUNDAY, October 15, 10am - 12pm
Arboretum Grove, Stanford University
Stanford is home to a rich mosaic of trees species, including an impressive, and increasing, variety of oaks. Join expert arborist and oak specialist Dave Muffly as we explore a decade of experimentation with new oak species at Stanford.
A variety of new oak species and hybrids have been planted on the campus, including chestnut-leaved oak, Mt. Tabor's oak, and Palestine oak. They grow alongside both mature and recently planted native trees.
This juxtaposition provides a powerful introduction to one of the hottest topics in biosciences today, the question of how to incorporate climate change adaptivity into our landscape choices.  

Tree Planting: Kavanaugh Neighborhood
Saturday, October 21, 9am - 1pm Kavanaugh
Clarence Court, East Palo Alto
Join Canopy as we plant a new generation of street trees in East Palo Alto's Kavanaugh neighborhood. 
Together we create stronger, healthier communities by bringing the life-giving benefits of trees to the places we live. Email uriel@canopy.org with questions or group volunteer inquiries.

Tree Survey: The Great Oak Count Oakwell
Saturday, October 28, 9am - 12pm
College Terrace Neighborhood, Palo Alto
Join Canopy for the launch of the most comprehensive survey of native oaks in the bay area! 
This  citizen science effort will collect valuable information about our native oak population, which scientists can use to evaluate how our urban forest ecosystem has changed since Canopy first surveyed Palo Alto's oaks over 20 years ago. During the survey, volunteers will also share oak tree care tips with homeowners, and have fun exploring areas of town that you may have never seen before!
This survey will launch in the College Terrace neighborhood, and will eventually locate and map all of Palo Alto's oak trees. Interested in becoming a Survey Leader? You'll receive special training and will help jumpstart these important survey efforts. Contact Elise Willis at elise@canopy.org for details. 
Exact meeting location TBD.  Sign up to volunteer...  
Community Happenings Community
Tree Talk: Trees to Plant Now TreeTalk
Saturday, September 16, 11am - 12pm
SummerWinds Nursery, 725 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto
Ever struggled to decide what tree is right for your yard? You're not alone!
Canopy has been helping Palo Alto residents plant the right tree in the right place for over 20 years. Michael Hawkins, certified arborist and Canopy Program Director, will share about the benefits of having trees in your yard and tree-specific tips for selection, planting, and maintenance.  
Following the presentation, take a tour of the SummerWinds Nursery  and select a tree that's best suited for your yard. 

Pacific Art League
"Landscape, Seascape and Cityscape" PALNEW exhibit opening October 6 at the Pacific Art League
Canopy is excited to partner with Pacific Art League (PAL), a cornerstone of Palo Alto's vibrant arts community, on their October Exhibit, "Landscape, Seascape and Cityscape," which will showcase  artists with a high sensibility of how to connect with their surroundings. 
The exhibit will open during PAL's "First Friday" celebration on October 6. Come by to mingle with artists, enjoy local artwork, and say hello to Canopy!
3rd Annual Tuolumne River Film Festival TRT
On  Sunday, September 17 Tuolumne River Trust (TRT)  will host it's 3rd annual  Tuolumne River Film Festival
Join TRT and friends for an evening of live music and short films followed by delicious Three Twins Ice Cream. Tickets are $10. 
From the Desk of the Executive Director ED
From the desk of Executive Director Catherine Martineau
Celebrating Summer 
Successes--cheers to you! 
Before we say goodbye to summer, we would like to pause and celebrate a few of the successes that you ̶ our dedicated community of volunteers, supporters, partners, and tree lovers ̶ made possible over the last few months. 
I'm thrilled to share my list of six summer highlights to celebrate as we dive into fall:
1. Volunteers brought 85 new trees to the Stevens Creek Trail during a milestone Mountain View tree planting with our partners at City of Mountain View, Mountain View Trees, and Friends of Stevens Creek Trail
2. Over 500 students focused on learning and wellbeing during "Nature Wellness Walks" as part of their Living Skills course
3. Tree survey stars helped complete the Palo Alto Young Tree Care Survey in record time this year
4. Summer Interns and Teen Urban Foresters kept young trees thriving (and more)
5. Growing the Canopy campaign donors are fueling programs in new communities
6. New strategic plan sets the stage for a strong (and green!) future
A heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who dug in with us to make it all possible. Read more about what we accomplished together.

Sincerely, 
Catherine Signature
Catherine Martineau 
Executive Director
A Fond Farewell to Anwyn Hurxthal Farewell
Last month, Canopy bid a fond farewell (and a hearty congratulations) to our teammate extraordinaire, Anwyn Hurxthal!

After two years as Canopy's Senior Development Specialist (and over a decade supporting Canopy in other roles), Anwyn has accepted a wonderful position at the  John S. and James L. Knight Foundation , helping manage grants and creating new grant projects in their San Jose office.
We are sad to see Anwyn go, but we are excited to see her step into a new role that is so well-suited to her many gifts and talents.
We are incredibly grateful for the strong foundation that Anwyn has helped build for Canopy over the years, which will continue to further our mission and help us thrive even after her departure. 
The whole Canopy community wishes Anwyn the very best in her new adventure, and we can't wait to see and celebrate what she accomplishes next!
Internship Opportunities Intermship
Urban Forester Intern
PAID: Urban Forester Intern
The Urban Forester Intern (UFI) plays a key role in Canopy's work to care for and grow the urban forest.
Under the supervision of Canopy staff, the UFI cares for young Canopy-planted trees in East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, and surrounding communities. The UFI also leads  Canopy's high school interns and volunteers in tree care work, including pruning, watering, mulching, adjusting stakes, and removing weeds.
This is a great opportunity to build leadership skills while making a positive impact in the community and environment. T he ideal candidate is self-motivated, flexible, and enjoys working with youth and volunteers. Some experience with tree care or gardening and familiarity with the East Palo Alto Community, is preferred, but not required. In-depth training will be provided.
Time commitment is 18-25 hours per week, September - December 2017, with the potential to continue into 2018. Compensation is $14-16 per hour, depending on experience.

Head south to the Sonoran desert with Maika to check out some "otherworldly" desert survivors.
A few times each year, Maika travels to Tucson, Arizona to visit her in-laws and soak up the desert sun. It's a beautiful landscape, with rolling hills and stately saguaros, as well as a surprising variety of specially-adapted trees. 
During her most recent visit, Maika and her family took a trip to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) on the far west edge of Tucson. This magical destination is a hybrid of a museum, a zoo, and a botanical garden, and it's a veritable paradise for any biophilic plant geek.



Journey with Shannon on a kayak trip to the mangroves of Costa Rica.
Before joining the Canopy staff Shannon had the opportunity to experience the nature of Costa Rica first-hand. For six months she lived in Tres Ríos de Coronado, a small town on the Osa Coast. 
The town was located just a few miles from a mangrove forest, known as manglares , that thrives as a protected forest ecosystem. The mangrove is a unique tree that has adapted to salt water, acts as a filtration system, provides incredible storage of carbon, and is an important habitat for a diverse set of fauna. 


P.S. Are you travelling this summer?Keep an eye out for interesting trees! We'd love to see your photos and hear your stories. Send to info@canopy.org.
Study Shows How Much Water Urban Landscapes Really Use
A recent feature from News Deeply, uncovers that trees are an excellent water-saving tool, according to the first ever study to document city-wide landscape water use.
Researchers at the University of Utah conducted their assessment in the city of Los Angeles, and found that landscaping consumes an equivalent of 100 gallons of water per person each day. The highest percentage of that (70 percent) is from thirsty lawns.
The article features thoughts from Diane Pataki, a co-author and professor of biology and urban planning at the U of U. In the interview she explains how trees don't use much water as compared to lawns and in fact shade lawns and other plants resulting in reduced water requirements.

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