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Creature Feature: Tule Bluet

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🐞Creature Feature🐞   If you're like most people, you've been calling these guys "dragonflies" your whole life. However, the Tule Bluet (Enallagma carunculatum) is actually a "damselfly"! True dragonflies are much larger, and consider damselflies to...

Mindful☼Monday: A Documentary To Build A Dream On

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Good morning! Is anyone else in need of a good dose of hope and motivation? If you have yet to see the new film, 2040, we’re encouraging you to put it on your binge-watch...

California King Tides Project | Nov. 15-16

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The California King Tides Project is calling on you to photograph the highest high tides (#kingtides) of the year on November 15th & 16th. Documenting these tides helps us envision the impacts of future sea...

Mindful☼Mondays: Work that Reconnects

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Happy Monday. Today we’re bringing you some resources from Joanna Macy via and op ed published by Emergence Magazine titled “Entering the Bardo”. Joanna navigates us through the bardo, or gap between worlds, that we...

Adopt-A-Beach Finds

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You never know what you might find on the beach. Stan Binnie wrestles with a deteriorated mattress out by Redwood Creek in Orick. Thank you to Kim Tays and Stan Binnie for a successful removal...

Creature Feature: Black-crowned Night Heron

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Today's creature is the Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)! What do you guys think...coolest scientific name ever? These compact little herons are easy to spot around the Arcata Marsh during the day. I once saw...

Mindful☼Mondays: Permission to Relax

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Who even knew it’s Monday!? Today we’re posting late, and you know what… we’re giving you permission to be late too. How often do you get down on yourself for being forgetful, for taking it...

Coastal Cleanup Day Historical Data

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Check out this Coastal Cleanup Day Historical Data chart created by our amazing Coastal Programs Coordinator, Casey Cruikshank, and NEC Data Expert Volunteer, Michael Le. You can interact with the data by...

Creature Feature: Gopher Snakes

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🐍 Gopher snakes are a common sight all over the Western half of the US. There are many subspecies of this beautiful reptile, including the Pacific Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer catenifer) which you can...

Mindful☼Mondays: Talking with Relatives Across the Political Divide

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M I N D F U L ☼ M O N D A Y S Where are you feeling love in your life right now, if at all? How are you expressing that love? More and...

Creature Feature: Lace Lichen

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You may be thinking...wait, that green stringy stuff is a creature? Yes! Lichens are a fascinating bunch--not quite plants, but not quite fungi either. In fact, they're not a single creature at all! Most...

Mindful☼ Mondays: Collective Anxiety

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Good Morning and happy Monday. Is anyone else feeling the collective anxiety now more than ever? Between COVID-19, ongoing catastrophic wildfires and the lives they have taken, conversations about politics and their intersections with social...

Coastal Cleanup End-of-Month Prizes

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This Saturday is the last Saturday to participate in Coastal Cleanup Day and the last opportunity to win one of the four prize categories that will be announced at the end of the event....

Reduce Single-Use Pledge

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The Reduce Single Use Pledge asks restaurants to only provide single-use foodware upon customer request. - Sign The Pledge - Often the default for restaurants when preparing to-go orders is to provide single-use foodware (utensils, napkins,...

Coastal Cleanup Week 4 Prizes

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With our last Saturday of Coastal Cleanup fast approaching, we're excited to announce this week's prize. This Zero Waste To-Go Kit includes a reusable bag, reusable tupperware, beeswax wrap and a hydro flask bottle...

Creature Feature: Tule Elk

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Our beloved Tule Elk at Point Reyes National Seashore are yet again being threatened by the expanding dairy and cattle industry. In these drought months, Elk have been dying of thirst as they are blocked...

Mindful☼Mondays: Water Meditation

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Click the image below to watch the Water Meditation Video With everything feeling very hot right now - fires, divisiveness between people, rage over social injustice - today we’re offering a short 1 minute meditation...

Coastal Cleanup Week 3 Prizes

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With blue skies overhead we're keeping our fingers crossed for good air quality this weekend and lots of participation on Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday. Stay safe and regularly check purpleair.com (or other trusted...

Creature Feature: Osprey

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The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is known all over the world by many names: Sea-Hawk, River-Hawk, and Fish-Hawk to name a few. It is one of the most widespread raptor species, and also one of...

Mindful☼Mondays: Lung Health

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These past weeks we have been experiencing smoke drift from the many California and Oregon fires in our neighboring communities. How are you staying well during this time? Do you have an air filter...

Coastal Cleanup Week 2 Prizes!

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This upcoming Saturday marks our second week of Coastal Cleanup Month! Did you know that if you fill out our Cleanup Results Reporting Form you will be entered to win a raffle prize? This week's...

Creature Feature: Pacific Sideband Snail

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This week we're meeting a small, slow inhabitant of the Redwood forest: The Pacific Sideband (Monadenia fidelis). These beautiful reddish-brown snails are remarkable for a few reasons. Most snails breathe through gill slits, but...

Eureka Natural Foods Change 4 Change

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Eureka Natural Foods Change 4 Change During the week of September 6 - 12, the Northcoast Environmental Center will be the recipient of all rounded-up purchases at Eureka Natural Foods in Eureka and Mckinleyville. Even...

Mindful☼Mondays: Rest is Resistance

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Happy Monday. Rest is a radical form of resistance. Enough said. Check out the good work being done by @thenapministry “We engage with the power of performance art, site-specific installations, and community organizing to install sacred...

Coastal Cleanup Day: WIN PRIZES!

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This Saturday marks our first Coastal Cleanup Day! Did you know that if you fill out our Cleanup Results Form you will be entered to win a weekly prize? The first week's prize is a...