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Houston Sierra Club (local branch of the Sierra Club) holds outings for outdoor activities: hiking, camping, bicycling, backpacking, kayaking, etc. These include local one-day events, weekend trips, and week long trips to National Parks and other destinations.

Upcoming events (4+)

WEBINAR - Microplastics: What They Are, Finding the Data, & How to Get Involved

Gulf of Mexico Forum Webinar - Microplastics: What They Are, How to Find the Data, and How to Get Involved
December 1, 9am Central / 10am Eastern

Register in advance at:
Registration (gotowebinar.com)

Microplastics are very small pieces of plastic (< 5mm) that come from many sources and can be found from the atmosphere to the land to the ocean floor. During this webinar, we will learn about NOAA's new Marine Microplastics database and Map Portal Application, and about the Nurdle Patrol citizen science project, run by the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Marine Microplastics Application provides public access to global data on microplastics in the ocean, and includes information from many different data sources. Nurdle Patrol is an initiative where you can help gather information about where nurdles, or small plastic pellets used as raw materials in manufacturing, are located in Gulf of Mexico environments, remove them, and create awareness about nurdles.

Speakers:

  • Jennifer Webster, Research Oceanographer; Coastal Indicators Product Lead, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
  • Jace Tunnell, Director, Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Online Houston Monthly Meeting: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Restoration Work

This meeting will be conducted using Zoom. Everyone is welcome.
7:15 - 7:30 pm: Time for log in, announcements, meet & greet.
Featured program presentation starts at 7:30 pm
Register in advance for this meeting at this link:
Meeting Registration - Zoom

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

PROGRAM TOPIC:
Deepwater Horizon Restoration: Mesophotic and Deep Benthic Communities

On Dec. 8th, join Sasha Francis, Gulf Restoration Education & Outreach Manager from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NOAA Affiliate) to learn about the important work happening in the Gulf of Mexico focused on restoring habitats damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident. This presentation will shed light on efforts in the deeper habitats, where foundational communities of corals, sponges, and more support life in the Gulf.

Speaker:
Sasha Francis (she/her)
Gulf Restoration Education & Outreach Manager
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation | NOAA Affiliate
Marine Sanctuary Foundation | Protecting Our Oceans & Lakes‎

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is a leading voice for U.S. protected waters, working with communities to conserve and expand those special places for a healthy ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. Working together, we safeguard species and the places they call home, and preserve America’s maritime history.

San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

December 10, 2019, 9 am, the Houston Sierra Club will meet at San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) to enjoy birding. We’ll look for hawks, egrets, herons, ducks, shorebirds, and other birds in the prairies, woods, and wetlands of San Bernard NWR.

If you want to carpool (voluntary) from Houston, meet just west of the Starbucks parking lot in Meyerland Plaza at 7:20 am.

Bring a daypack, lunch, water (two quarts), snacks, hiking shoes, cameras, binoculars, spotting scopes, bug repellant, sunscreen, field guides, and warm clothes. Long pants are recommended! No pets, firearms, or radios! We will be back in Houston by 5 pm.

There is a participant sign-in agreement (liability waiver) that must be filled out and signed by all participants for the outing. Group size is limited to 16 participants and your leader. Masks are optional for outdoors. We encourage maintenance of social distance during the outing.

The link has the participant sign-in agreement (liability waiver). Please read before the outing so you know what it says, we can sign-in quickly, and proceed to the trailhead. Sign-Up Sheet[masked].pdf (sierraclub.org)

If anyone has any COVID symptoms or is sick don’t come! We want everyone to be safe and need to help each other. Don’t come if you feel under-the-weather! Minors that attend with their parents are required to wear masks if they are unvaccinated.

By going on this outing, we will potentially be with individuals who are vaccinated and unvaccinated. Knowing this information, it’s each person’s choice to participate on this outing.

For further information contact Brandt Mannchen at[masked] or [masked].

Bay Area Sierra Club Meeting: Program to be announced

Online event

The December meeting will be conducted via Zoom.
(no in-person meeting)
Starts 6:30 pm for social time; 7:00 pm for program.
Here is the link for the meeting on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4168201898?pwd=MzBpZ2hvUVFMckw4anlldTh6Tkh3dz09

December 21 Program:
To be announced.

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