Following the success of author Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen and illustrator Diane Adams’ A Home for Salty about a saltmarsh harvest mouse searching for a home in the coastal marshes of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, in 2010 the Friends of San Pablo National Wildlife Refuge began exploring the idea of a second children’s book, this time about the unique assemblage of rare and endangered plants and insects at the neighboring Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. From this idea was born the story Sardis & Stamm.
Sardis & Stamm was realized through the backing, financial, and technical support of the following friends and sponsors:
The Friends of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge
The Friends of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge is an independent, non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization that supports the Antioch Dunes, San Pablo Bay, and Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuges. The Friends promote natural resource conservation, foster public understanding, and engage in activities that will assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to meet its mandates to restore, enhance, protect and preserve the wildlife and its environment. Jointly, we strive to provide educational opportunities, increase public awareness, involvement, appreciation and enjoyment of our National Wildlife Refuges.
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Special thanks to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge biologists Don Brubaker, Louis Terrazas, and Susan Euing for providing access to the dunes and for the countless tours and long hours they’ve dedicated to nursing the Antioch Dunes along against the odds.
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants. The Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Contra Costa Count Fish and Wildlife Committee / Propagation Fund
The Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Committee Propagation Fund, administered by the Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Committee, awards funds entirely supported by fine revenues resulting from violations of the Fish and Game Code and Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations in Contra Costa County to projects that benefit the fish and wildlife resources of the County through habitat improvement, scientific research, and public education projects.
Bohart Museum of Entomology / UC Davis
Special thanks to the Bohart Museum of Entomology (University of California, Davis) and Director Lynn Kimsey for sharing images of their type specimens of the Lange’s metalmark butterfly (Apodemia mormo langei), Antioch sphecid wasp (Philanthus nasalis), and Delta june beetle (Polyphylla stellata).
[Courtesy: Andrew Richards and G. Kareofelas, Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, Davis]
California Academy of Sciences
Special thanks to the California Academy of Sciences (Entomology) and Collections Manager Norm Penny for sharing images of their type specimens of the Antioch Dunes anthicid beetle (Anthicus antiochensis), unnamed ant lion (Brachynemurus infuscatus), wetsalts tiger beetle (Cicindela haemorrhagica), Oregon tiger beetle (Cicindela oregona oregona), Senile tiger beetle (Cicindela senilis senilis), unnamed plasterer bee (Colletes turgiventris), Antioch robberfly (Cophura hurdi), velvet ant (Dasymutilla sackenii), Antioch weevil (Dysticheus rotundicollis), Antioch efferian robberfly (Efferia antiochi), redheaded sphecid wasp (Eucerceris ruficeps), Middlekauf’s shield-back katydid (Idiostatus middlekauffi), Hurd’s metapogon robberfly (Metapogon hurdi), Antioch potter wasp (Microdynerus arenicolus), Antioch Dunes shield-back katydid (Neduba extincta), yellow-banded andrenid bee (Perdita hirticeps luteocincta), Antioch andrenid bee (Perdita scitula antiochensis), and giant flower-loving fly (Rhaphiomidas trochilus).
[Courtesy: Michael Krasnobrod, Victor Smith, and Mike Narahara, California Academy of Sciences]
Essig Museum of Entomology / UC Berkeley
Special thanks to the Essig Museum of Entomology (University of California, Berkeley) and Collections Manager Pete T. Oboyski for sharing images of their type specimens of the Antioch Dunes anthicid beetle (Anthicus antiochensis), Antioch weevil (Dysticheus rotundicollis), Antioch Dunes halictid bee (Lasioglossum antiochense), Antioch andrenid bee (Perdita scitula antiochensis), and Delta june beetle (Polyphylla stellata).
[Courtesy: Pete T. Oboyski, California Academy of Sciences]
Technical Support Staff
Special thanks to cartographer Brian Greer (BG Cartography) for designing the historical endpaper map of the Antioch Dunes; to graphic designer Mary Ann Rosenthal for laying out, and bringing order and beauty, to every page; to portrait photographer Sarah Anne Bettelheim (Sarah Anne Photography) for helping storyboard the character of Sardis; and to Rebeca Aguilar who, with her sweet smile, brought Sardis to life.
Special thanks to Professor Emeritus Jerry A. Powell (U.C. Berkeley and Essig Museum of Entomology) and Dr. Richard A. Arnold (Entomological Consulting Services, Ltd.) for their help researching and identifying the endemic insects of the Antioch Dunes; to Dr. Gordon Pratt and Adam G. Clause for use of their photographs of Lange’s metalmark butterflies (Apodemia mormo langei); to David Hunter (David Hunter Photography) for use of his photographs of the San Joaquin dune beetle (Coelus gracilis).