Projects

  • Habi­tat Stew­ard­ship — Stew­ard Cal­i­for­nia oaks and oth­er native species on Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty open space lands.
  • Sil­i­con Val­ley Bar­code of Life — Engage peo­ple in learn­ing why bio­di­ver­si­ty is impor­tant and in act­ing to pro­tect it.
  • Reduce Waste. Feed Peo­ple. — Col­lect and process tens of tons of pro­duce and pre­pared food for dis­tri­b­u­tion to thou­sands of deserv­ing people.
  • Live­able City — Research and advo­cate for eco­log­i­cal­ly-informed pub­lic pol­i­cy and indi­vid­ual action to improve qual­i­ty of life in cities and towns.

Habitat Stewardship

In 1980, Mag­ic began work­ing in part­ner­ship with Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty biol­o­gy fac­ul­ty and land man­agers to regen­er­ate fail­ing oak pop­u­la­tions on the foothills which rise to the south­west of the cen­tral campus.

We pur­sue this work to enhance the eco­log­i­cal integri­ty of local open space used by hun­dreds of thou­sands of vis­i­tors annu­al­ly and to pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple who want to learn about ecol­o­gy by pro­tect­ing and restor­ing qual­i­ties of the envi­ron­ment on which all of us depend. Over decades, tens of thou­sands of vol­un­teers have estab­lished thou­sands of oaks and tens of thou­sands of oth­er native plants.

Res­i­den­tial Asso­ciate Harp­er Hug (in sun­glass­es) guides vol­un­teers in water­ing recent­ly plant­ed native oaks.

Silicon Valley Barcode of Life

A Mag­ic inten­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty res­i­dent guides a vol­un­teer dur­ing a Sil­i­con Val­ley Bar­code of Life bioblitz.

SVBOL is a cog­ni­tive activism project. We work with nature to change hearts and minds. We’re engag­ing peo­ple of Sil­i­con Val­ley in learn­ing why bio­di­ver­si­ty is impor­tant to human well-being, and in act­ing to pro­tect it.

We col­lect sam­ples of organ­isms present here, read spe­cif­ic small seg­ments of DNA to gen­er­ate iden­ti­fy­ing “bar­codes,” and upload find­ings to a pub­licly acces­si­ble data­base (BOLD) that can be used to doc­u­ment what exists and how it changes. SVBOL is one of many Inter­na­tion­al Bar­code of Life (ibol.org) ini­tia­tives worldwide.

Reduce Waste. Feed People.

We col­lect and process sur­plus food from retail­ers, farm­ers, home­own­ers, and oth­ers. In a typ­i­cal year, we receive, process, and trans­port more than twen­ty tons of nutri­tious pro­duce and pre­pared foods that we and our ser­vice agency part­ners make avail­able to thou­sands of deserv­ing peo­ple through pre­pared meals, nutri­tion and cook­ing edu­ca­tion class­es, and direct food distribution.

Mag­ic pub­lic ser­vice vol­un­teers col­lect sur­plus food for dona­tion to local charities.

Liveable City

Fel­low Jeff Hook advo­cates eco­log­i­cal­ly informed land use and trans­porta­tion plan­ning in a pub­lic hear­ing before the San­ta Clara Coun­ty Board of Supervisors.

We advo­cate for eco­log­i­cal­ly-informed land use, trans­porta­tion, and oth­er pub­lic poli­cies. We’ve suc­cess­ful­ly led cam­paigns to bring neigh­bors togeth­er, enhance safe­ty and con­ve­nience for pedes­tri­ans and cyclists, pro­mote local­ism, plant and care for trees in parks and along road­ways, lim­it use of debris blow­ers, reserve park­ing for res­i­dents on res­i­den­tial streets, address over-build­ing, improve ener­gy-effi­cien­cy, reduce ener­gy and oth­er resource use, increase and pro­tect parks and open spaces, and more.