News & Events

Saturday September 7th is California Biodiversity Day, a time to inspire discovery and connection to California’s amazing biodiversity, and to encourage actions to protect it!

HOST A PUBLIC NATURE DISCOVERY EVENT: September 7-15, 2024

Please join us this year by hosting an in-person or virtual public event during Biodiversity Week, September 7th -15th, 2024. 

Please use THIS LINK to submit your biodiversity week event plans

By submitting your events, they will be promoted on the public California Biodiversity Day website in August.  If you are hosting more than one event, please submit a new entry for each event. 

Need some inspiration? Check out these events from previous years. 

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR EVENT(S): JULY 31, 2024.

NATURE DISCOVERY FOR ALL

With your help, this year’s statewide events will continue to connect people of all ages to the nature of California.

 Please also consider joining The 30 Species Challenge on iNaturalist between Sept 7th – 15th. This statewide biodiversity challenge creates a snapshot of the state’s incredible biodiversity and contributes to the California 30×30 Initiative. Take the challenge yourself and promote it during your events so that we can reach our collective goal to observe 3030 California species this year! 

COMING IN JULY 2024

  • Event hosting tools such as media toolkits and biodiversity resources
  • The new biodiversity day website!
  • Free online training on how to use iNaturalist and host a bioblitz: July 17th, 1 – 2pm.  REGISTER HERE.

QUESTIONS? COMMENTS?

Please contact californiabiodiversityday@wildlife.ca.gov


NEW Stewardship Workforce Training Database!

CBN’s Stewardship Roundtable has just released a Stewardship Workforce Training Database! This online database of stewardship workforce development programs across California is designed to help individuals and organizations interested in getting training, hiring stewards, and funding environmental workforce education. Please explore these opportunities and share widely! 


Indigenous Co-Stewardship of Public Lands: Lessons for the Future 

This event convened Tribal leaders, Indigenous culture bearers, and public land management agencies from the places now known as the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It took place in February 2024 at Graton Resort & Casino—Rohnert Park, CA. Approximately 300 people attended in person, and 500 streamed the sessions virtually. You can read more about the event here.

Proceedings will be published through the Institute for Parks People and Biodiversity in 2025.


30×30 Partnership 2023 Gathering

The CBN is proud to have hosted the 2nd day of the 30×30 Partnership Gathering event in Riverside on October 12, 2023. We appreciate your participation in the key discussions and ongoing conversations shaping conservation in California!
October 11th  Hosted by the California Natural Resources Agency 
October 12th  Hosted by the California Biodiversity Network 
Connect • Celebrate • Co-Create 
Connect with other nature lovers, be inspired, share knowledge, and learn how you can help 30×30 become a reality in different regions.  

Celebrate stories from across California about how lands and coastal waters are being conserved and cared for through 30×30. 

Co-create new tools, partnerships, and approaches to build the solutions we need.  

Hear from Dr. Rachael Olliff Yang (Technical Science Support for CBN) on the magic of connecting in person at this year’s event. Read her reflections here.


Expanding CBN’s Reach 

In January, CBN chair David Ackerly attended the first meeting of the IUCN Academy at their headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. The Academy will be designing a portfolio of training programs for IUCN staff and members worldwide advancing conservation and the goals of the Global Biodiversity Framework.


Pacific Coast Climate Monitoring 

Lisa Micheli, co-chair of the Sentinel Site roundtable, has spent the past two months as a Global Fulbright building partnerships in Chile. Her work is building on the institutional partnership between the UC Natural Reserve System and Universidad Catolica to monitor climate change along the Pacific Coast. Sign up to receive updates and join future Sentinel Site roundtable meetings.


CBN Funding Webinar

CBN hosted a Funding Webinar on Thursday, December 15th, 2022, focused on new state funding opportunities, administered by the Wildlife Conservation BoardCalifornia Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the University of California. The Webinar featured short presentations by each funding entity followed by audience Q&A. A recording of this webinar and accompanying transcript is available here

Information about upcoming funding opportunities administered by the Department of Conservation was covered in a 30×30 Virtual Expo on November 29th 2022 (See recording here).  


Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Grant

CBN is pleased to announce that we have been awarded $500,000 from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to advance the work of the CBN – see a summary of the grant support here, which will support the activities of all Roundtables as well as a CBN science symposium in 2023. 


Systematic Conservation Planning

This Systematic Conservation Planning roundtable webinar, led by Nate Roth, Chief Scientific and Data Advisor for the California Department of Conservation, provides an overview of the CA Nature, the set of visualization and analytical tools developed by the California Department of Natural Resources and ESRI, the leader in GIS software. Nate provides an introduction to the website and demonstrates the power of this site for guiding 30×30 investments and tracking progress over time.


CBN Celebrates California Biodiversity Week – Watch the Recording

During CA Biodiversity Week, CBN hosted Prof. Erika Zavaleta for a discussion with two of our steering committee members: Dr. Ana Alvarez and Prof. Adina Merenlender. The conversation addressed the future of conservation, in relation to the inclusion and representation of historically marginalized communities, and the novel paradigms of ecosystem stewardship. In the final 30 minutes, chairs of the CBN Roundtables provided brief updates on the activities of their groups.