Thursday - December 22nd, 2022
Photos/Video from Last Volunteer Session
I can't remember the prompt... "fly?"
This is for a new vlog-series I've started on Youtube, inspired by my fundraising campaign (more on that at the end of this email), so if you'd like to see what your mail carrier endures, check out Episode 1 — Day in the Life: Postal Carrier and Episode 2 — My Last Days as a Postal Carrier.
While we worked, Melissa took this photo of the owl that sat only a dozen or so yards away from us, watching us:
Next Volunteer Session
As you probably have guessed from my lack of emailing, there is no volunteer session this month! Phil is out on vacation! We've scheduled our next session for:
Let me know if you'd like to sign up!
How are You Doing?
What is the campaign?
This is the first in a series of videos musically telling the story of how The Boat ends up saying "Ace Ventura Save the Animals," which will be released alongside clips from the camera on my head over the next 6 months. Here's the plan for how the camera on my head will feed the community: THE PLAN
I managed to stiltwalk for about 40 mins and made $20.25 in sticker sales and tips on Saturday. That's actually not too bad, especially because it was the first time I tried it and this campaign is designed to pull people into "the game" of saving the animals and get them invested.
Here's the first clip I cut from the camera on my head: CLIP
I posted the above clips all around the same time yesterday. What you'll notice is that the clip from the camera on my head has 1.6k views, while the rest only have hundreds. The conclusion that this campaign has massive potential is consistent with the numbers from posting the same clips to Tiktok.
You'll notice it has 1.5k+ views on tiktok compared to only hundreds on the others.
Ultimately, despite these numbers, I suspect my viral growth will be slow because the algorithms are biased and the social-discovery communities are both saturated and fatigued. Really, this is more about fishing for a BIG WHALE to blow us out of the water: Ace Ventura.
Monday - November 14th, 2022
Have a great week! Coo coo!
Monday - November 7th, 2022
And a special thank you to Elisa for snapping our group pic!
We're probably their favorite entertainment.
A predator watched nearby as well!
Thanks to Melissa for capturing and sharing our feathered friends!
Check out this nice big bald patch!
On a seperate email, I'll be asking those volunteers on that project how they're doing, but if you're interested in helping grow milkweed from seed for transplanting at Burrowing Owl Billows, please let me know and Gail and I will coordinate getting you set up with supplies!
We've been calling NE Meadowlands "the burrowing owl habitat within Shoreline Park" and Burrowing Owl Billows is within the "9 acres" in its bottom left... but spreading.
Tuesday - October 18th, 2022
Friday - September 30th, 2022
And a special thanks to Charlie who organized the group photo! I got both Phil and Ryan in there with the power of Photoshop!
Reply back if you'd like to sign up!
Monday - September 19th, 2022
Monday - September 12th, 2022
That's a nice touch to pose the shovels and with the shovels, y'all.
Check out his/her face! Haha! Definitely "skittish."
Melissa snapped these beautiful fig beetles. Check out that iridescence!
There were several photos of this preying mantis crawling all over one of the volunteers. Dan snapped this particular one.
The purples are the flowers of the Cleveland Sage and the yellows are our California Sunflowers!
In front are our narrow-leaf milkweed! Look how full and healthy they are!
Monday - August 22nd, 2022
Monday - August 15th, 2022
Weeeellllllcome back to Monday! ⭐️
Our next 2 volunteer sessions will be:
You will be helping Phil Higgins, our Mountain View City Biologist, with continuing to mulch and weed around our plants. We planted a lot of plants and we're still maintaining the last ones, that's why so much mulching and weeding is required, but we will be rolling out cardboard and testing a new way to prepare the land for planting that will require less mulching/weeding moving forward.
If you're hoping for a weekend volunteer session, we will do plantings on Saturdays, so stay tuned! There is also a project I'm launching to grow milkweed from seed for our next planting. You will hear more about this in this mailing list once the details are finalized.
Friday - July 29th, 2022
Thank you so much to our volunteers who helped mulch (and pull weeds) for the burrowing owls this last Wednesday!
To show you the work they did, let's backtrack to June's group who got us started mulching:
Here's the whole gang!
Great job, Googlers. You make two shovels and a wheelbarrow of woodchips look pretty cool. 😎
Here Shreyans is putting the woodchips directly around our plants to prevent the weeds from strangling them.
You can see here how sparse the mulching started.
The June group also hooked up more of the drip irrigation system: here Phil is explaining how to hook the small pipes (1 per plant) to the larger pipes. After these plants become established, this system won't be needed and can be reconfigured to where it is needed.
Look how cared for our plants look with their precious woodchipped halos and drip irrigation IVs applied by the Googlers!
You can see here how there is still space for weeds to grow between the plants, so that's where we'll put more woodchips.
The July group at work moving the mulch:
The group moved mulch from outside the gate to inside the gate and then from inside the gate to be spread around our plants.
I reminded Shreyans to unite the volunteers at the end with our group cheer! We had more newcomers than returns this time, so I advised him to run the group over the cheer more than once so they can nail it next time. Hey. It's a hard, but rewarding, cheer for a hard, but rewarding, project!
Tuesday - July 26th, 2022
Friday - July 22th, 2022
Tuesday - July 19th, 2022
I will be sending out more emails shortly to all those threads I've "ghosted." Stay tuned!
Wednesday - June 8th, 2022
Thank you, Shreyans, Phil and the City of Mountain View, Volunteers, and Donors, for the successful last planting!
The volunteers (minus Samir, Shreyans's dad, who took the shot)!
Shreyans and I finally got our jumping shot! What a finale for the final event of his Eagle Scout Project! Go team!
Just look at HOW MANY plants we planted!
Shreyans's mom, Sejal, looking adorable while watering our freshly planted plants!
With just some watering left to do, the volunteers who finished checked out the owls from a distance.
Their POV through binoculars! Do you see the owl?
Overall, our planting this season was wildly successful! Thank you, Shreyans, for stepping up to lead this effort where I couldn't. Thank you, Phil and the City of Mountain View, for helping us help the owls. Thank you, volunteers, for dedicating your time and energy to weeding and planting this season. Thank you, donors, for funding this effort and those to come!
He came to check out what he's paying for!
Tastes kinda like P.F. Change's lettuce wraps, but vegan, and healthy.
Made with mom's help (and love)!
When is the next volunteer opportunity?
How did our fundraiser go?
Can you help us grow plants for the next planting for the owls?
If we didn't mind numbingly count each plant we would've never known we were missing 51 plants!
If you have a green thumb, or would like to see if you do, I'm looking for volunteers who can try growing milkweeds + other native plants in 1-gallon containers to be transplanted for the next planting. 1-gallon containers, seeds, and soil will be provided. You can take as few or as many containers as you'd like to try. You need somewhere outdoors, in direct sun to grow your plants. After following our instructions, bring your survivors to the next planting sometime in the fall (we usually plant sometime between November-January, depending on the weather)!
Wednesday - May 11th, 2022
Phil says this discovery is "a sure sign that the habitat enhancement is working" and "well done everyone, a very successful achievement."
We only have a handful of repeat volunteers, and I knew he hadn't been able to get the shots of the owls he wanted the first 3 times he volunteered, so I asked Daniel why he kept coming back. He replied:
Friday - April 29th, 2022
Here's after they finished! WOW! Just... LOOK at it! It's GLORIOUS! 🤩
Here's our MIGHTY crew who did the job! Well done, guys, well done!
I need to emphasize just how hard this work was. We had NEVER planted 300 plants before in one session. I heard from Shreyans that folks were sitting and not getting up by the end.
Here's a video of Shreyans putting a plant in the ground, but you can see another volunteer (I believe that's Claire...) behind him doing what appears to be a cartoonish comedy sketch in the background, but she's actually just trying to dig a hole. 😂😅
Our next planting will be on May 21st, and, yes, I will be in attendance. Because of all of Shreyans hard work, I've given him until May 8th to sign up his friends before I allow anyone else to sign up. He believes he can get 13 of his friends to join us, which will max out our limit at 15 volunteers.
Monday - April 15th, 2022
Coo coo! It's almost EARTH DAY!
I apologize for switching the last volunteer date to accommodate Phil's changing schedule. I know some of you returning volunteers were disappointed by this and couldn't make it. I'm very sorry!
Great job, guys! They were pulling out these thorny bristly oxtongue, which STILL can poke through the toughest gardening gloves!
Aaaaand there were way more weeds than could be pulled! But, hey, with a couple owls residing nearby, that's evidence that we're doing enough of what they like to see!
Thank you again, volunteers, for your hard manual labor, and thank you again, donators, for your funding! Also a big thank you again to Phil Higgins and the City of Mountain View for allowing us to help and guiding us as to how on their property.
Thursday - March 31th, 2022
Coo coo! 🦉
Email me back if you'd like to attend!
Friday - March 4th, 2022
You can really see the difference!
Dan, one of the volunteers, also managed to grab photos of our owls!
And, my FAVORITE part, is that he managed to get a video of THE CHEER! EXTRA CREEEDDIIITTT!
WHOO HOO!!! If you'd like to offer Shreyans any words of encouragement, shoot him an email to email@example.com!
If you scroll down, you'll see how much each social platform has raised and the pros/cons to each. I'm a bit disappointed with GoFundMe because I didn't realize that Paypal, unlike donating via Google, Youtube, or Instagram, gets a cut until I tallied up the donations.
Thursday - February 24th, 2022
Monday - February 21st, 2022
Thursday - February 3rd, 2022