Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link]. Good vibrations [earthquaketrack.com/us-ca-vallejo/recent]
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]
Sunrise / Sunset schedule [link]

* "Here Are 11 Northern California Swimming Holes That Will Make Your Summer Epic" (2016-04-10, onlyinyourstate.com) [archive.is/714tZ]

* "14 Gorgeous Beaches in Northern California You Have To Check Out This Summer" (2016-04-09, onlyinyourstate.com) [archive.is/Q2OIb]
* "What's up with the black sand at Ocean Beach?" (2016-04-10, sfgate.com) [archive.is/BRuBb]

 * "How to Start a Toy Library: 12 Quick Tips" (shareable.net) [http://is.gd/C7gg2o] [archive.is/F5lL7]

* "Biotech breakthrough: Sunlight can be used to produce chemicals and energy" (2016-04-04, University of Copenhagen) [archive.is/4pqtl]. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered a natural process they describe as reverse photosynthesis. In the process, the energy in solar rays breaks down, rather than builds plant material, as is the case with photosynthesis. The sunlight is collected by chlorophyll, the same molecule as used in photosynthesis. Combined with a specific enzyme the energy of sunlight now breaks down plant biomass, with possible uses as chemicals, biofuels or other products, that might otherwise take a long time to produce. By increasing production speed while reducing pollution, the discovery has the potential to revolutionize industrial production. The research results have now been published in Nature Communications.

* "Can urban gardeners benefit ecosystems while keeping food traditions alive?" (2016-04-05, news.aces.illinois.edu) [archive.is/GNtrH]

Spring Migrant Takes a Rest Stop: This tiny rufous hummingbird, seen here nectaring on buckeye flowers in a Fremont park, will likely soon be making its way north to its summer breeding grounds in Canada. One of the smallest of its kind, the rufous undertakes the longest trip of all North American hummers. It's also one of the feistiest: The male is known to passionately defend its nest from much larger attackers. The rufous is common yet declining in parts of its range and is believed to be particularly sensitive to climate change.
Description from the Bay Nature newsletter. Photo taken at California Nursery Historical Park by Melissa Kung, [http://is.gd/tIKi8A]

* "The Native Plants of the Quiroste Valley" (by Sue Rosenthal) [baynature.org/articles/the-native-plants-of-the-quiroste-valley], including information sbout -
- Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)
- Clover (Trifolium species)
- Wild Cucumber (Marah fabacea)
- Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus)
Photo showing cow clover flowers (by Tom Ballinger)

Coastal Wildflower Day
April 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The 3rd annual Coastal Wildflower Day, at Half Moon Bay State Beach, marks both the start of California Native Plant Week and Earth Day, providing an opportunity for celebration and service.  The festival will feature activities for the whole family, including games, nature walks, native plants for sale, live music, and local artwork.  You can also volunteer for a habitat restoration project to mark Earth Day.  For the first time, this year the Coastside Trail that runs the length of the State Beach will feature installations by Bay Area artists that focus on the relationship between human creativity and the inspiration provided by natural environments.
Venue location:
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Route 1, Half Moon Bay, CA
Phone: (650) 726-8819
Website: [parks.ca.gov/?page_id=531]

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