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Rooted in Jazz with the San Andreas Singers
THIS SUNDAY! April 24, 5:30pm
Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto
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Celebrate Earth Day with music for trees!
Palo Alto's own San Andreas Singers bring their colorful blend of jazz, rock, and bebop to Palo Alto's Art Center in an Earth Day-themed concert to benefit Canopy.
The music, mostly a cappella, encompasses repertoire from classic jazz to Beatles to Green Day, as well as some unexpected lyrical jaunts that you're sure to recognize - and sure to love! Learn more and get tickets on Canopy's website.
Doors open at 5pm. Refreshments will be served.
Get ready for the great race_
Saturday, April 30, 9am
Baylands Athletic Center
1900 Geng Rd, Palo Alto
Join the fun
This family-friendly and community Earth Day festival is a fun, healthy way to celebrate the environment and our precious natural resources. Join fellow community members at the scenic Baylands for some outdoor recreation, prizes, goodies, and a chance to catch the "running toilet!"
Tree and Me photo contest
Through April 30th
Learn more
Win prizes by sharing your love of trees with our Earth Day "Tree and Me" photo contest!
It's easy: take a photo with your favorite tree, then submit by April 30th for a chance to win great prizes from Keeble & Shuchat Photography and Patagonia. You can submit on Instagram or a public Facebook post with #CanopyTreeAndMe, or email your submission to Complete contest details here.
May 3rd is SVGives!
Between now and Tuesday, May 3rd, people across the Bay Area will support the causes and nonprofits they love during the 3rd annual SVGives Online Day of Giving.
Support Canopy during SVGives
Thanks to a challenge grant from the Canopy Board, all gifts to Canopy will be DOUBLED starting today!
Please help us take advantage of this opportunity to multiply your impact for urban trees.
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Highlights from the field
Planting Volunteers
Kavanaugh residents come together for neighborhood greening in East Palo Alto
On April 2nd, residents of the East Palo Alto Kavanaugh/Gloria neighborhood teamed up with Canopy, the City of East Palo Alto, and other local orgs for a day of neighborhood-wide urban greening.
Local residents Luis Guzman and Romain Taniere reached out to Canopy several months ago when they heard about our tree planting activities in East Palo Alto. With their help, Canopy reached out to dozens of households, working with residents to identify planting sites, select tree species, and plan for the neighborhood gathering.
In total, over 150 volunteers came out to participate. Canopy planting leaders led efforts to plant 49 new street and yard trees. Other volunteers picked up trash around the neighborhood and removed old chainlink fences.
The day concluded in style with a neighborhood Block Party BBQ, lots of delicious food (including award-winning tastes from Pit Bull Barbecue), and a chance for neighbors to celebrate and connect. As one planting leader quipped, "this might be the best Canopy tree planting ever!"
We're excited to plant more trees in East Palo Alto neighborhoods, and continue partnering with incredible local leaders like Romain and Luis!
New trees at Cubberley Community Center
family of planting volunteers
On March 19th, Canopy partnered with the City of Palo Alto and the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto to bring more nature to the Cubberley Community Center campus in south Palo Alto.
With the help of nearly 80 volunteers, Canopy planted 41 new trees and plants and spread a fresh layer of mulch over the area. Staff member Margie Cain told us afterwards, "Every time I walk by, I just smile because it now looks so great out there!"
The effort was part of the Cubberley Community Day - a festival organized by the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto and the City of Palo Alto.
Hummingbird nest spotted in young school tree
hummingbird nest
This week we found a beautiful example of the ecological importance and habitat value of urban trees.
This hummingbird made its nest in a Persian ironwood that Canopy planted at the East Palo Alto Charter School several years ago. Our Program Director, Michael Hawkins, spotted the nest during a tree check-up.
The teachers and students at EPACS are thrilled with their new neighbor, and we are too. Hummingbird nests are very difficult to spot and usually out of sight. This young tree provided the perfect site for an eye level nest, and gave students the chance to learn about nature and habitat right in their school yard.
Palo Alto adopts bold climate goals 
Palo Alto takes bold climate action

In a bold move for local climate action, the Palo Alto City Council voted unanimously on Monday to adopt an ambitious goal: reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2030, calculated using a 1990 baseline.

The goal is part of the City's Sustainability and Climate Action Plana draft of which was presented at the Council Meeting. The draft includes over 300 ideas for ways to achieve the "80X30" goal, including a switch from natural gas to electric heating, and a host of transportation and transit-related projects. Council members voted to support the "general framework" of the draft plan, and will formally review it again in the next six months.  

Everyone who spoke during public comments expressed support for the plan, although several speakers had feedback about specific elements. Canopy staff and other local environmental leaders pointed out that the plan currently gives only cursory attention to green infrastructure, and urged city staff to reflect, in the next draft, the key role of urban trees and nature in climate mitigation and adaptation.

Palo Alto has long been a leader and innovator in sustainability, and hopes that the plan, along with the bold emissions reduction goal, will serve as an inspiration and a model for other cities.

Read more from the City of Palo Alto or Palo Alto Weekly

Trees in the news
Healthy street trees

New research on urban green space finds that trees make a difference in public safety.

Researchers in three cities around the US looked at how green space plays into reduced rates of crime, finding that the presence of urban greenery equates to "eyes on the street."

But not all green spaces are created equal. The presence of yard trees, a manicured lawn, and shrubs are more powerful indicators in decreasing crime than an uncut or dried-out lawn.

Read more from City Lab... 

Predicting drought tolerance

What's really going on when trees die from drought? According to new research, it's akin to a "tree heart attack," and some trees are more susceptible than others.

California has lost over 12 million trees to the drought in the past year. Other parts of the world are experiencing similar mass die-offs in the face of extreme heat and drought.

These die-offs could have profound implications for the future of the earth's forests and climate, which is why researchers are trying to learn more about how to predict the effects of drought - and which species are most vulnerable.

Read more about these fascinating findings from the University of Utah... 

Community events
May Fete Parade 2016
Saturday, May 7, 10am
University Avenue, Palo Alto
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Bring your family and friends to enjoy this long-running community tradition!
The parade begins on University Avenue and ends at Heritage Park, where there will be fun activities, great food, live performances, and more. Come say hello to us at the Canopy table!
Todd Dawson
Thursday, May 12, 4pm
Stanford University Campus
Geo Corner Building 320, room 105
Learn more
This year's topic: "California's Redwoods in a Rapidly Changing World."
What does the future hold for California's Redwood forests? What can we learn from the present and past to predict how they'll respond to intensifying changes today, such as drought, fire, and climate? Professor Dawson has been involved with California Redwoods since his undergraduate days. Using historical and current data along with projected future conditions, he elucidates how these iconic trees have stood the tests of time. Free and open to the public.
Tree Walk
Saturday, May 14, 10am - 12pm
Begins at the Greenmeadow Community Center - 303 Parkside Drive, Palo Alto
Join Canopy and tree expert Peter Jensen, Landscape Architect for the City of Palo Alto, to explore both the trees and understory plants of the Greenmeadow neighborhood.
In addition to a great variety of trees, from Sugar Maples to Cork Oaks to Torrey Pines, we'll discover other aspects of urban landscape ecology and learn how to make a good match between trees and their understory neighbors. RSVP online or just show up!
The gift of a cleaner future
March Tree Gifts and Dedications
March 1st - 31st, 2016

David and Nancy Bishop

in memory of Beatrice Brewster Linton

Special thanks to recent Grantors:
Our deepest gratitude to the individuals, families, companies, groups, foundations, and friends who help us grow healthy trees and healthy communities.
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