Volunteers help protect and restore endangered plant and wildlife habitat at Abbotts Lagoon, the Lighthouse Bluffs, and other high value habitat areas at Point Reyes National Seashore. Visit some of the most beautiful areas in the park and learn about local plant ecology while you work alongside park staff to carry out ecological restoration projects. We encourage volunteers nine years of age and older of all backgrounds and experience levels to participate. Tools, gloves and training are provided. Participants are advised to wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and other seasonally appropriate clothing, as well as to bring lunch and water. No shorts or open-toed shoes. Get involved, meet new people, and make a positive impact on your environment!
Join the Habitat Restoration Program on Sunday, April 13, 2014, meeting at 9 am at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. From there, the HRP team will be heading out to the Lighthouse area.
Now that bird nesting season has begun and the winter shuttle buses have finished, we'll move on to iceplant removal in the Lighthouse/Paleodunes region. Thanks to recent service projects by the National Civilian Community Corps and the University of Utah, many areas are fairly clear of iceplant and filling in with native species. However, some challenging patches remain as we work north from Sir Francis Drake toward the drainage. If you can join us, it should be a beautiful time of year and a rewarding project.
If you wish to join this workday, please RSVP to Ellen Hamingson at 415-464-5196 or by email by 3 pm on Thursday, April 10. If we do not have at least four participants confirmed by then, the workday may be cancelled.
On Sunday, March 9, we were joined by ten new and two returning volunteers ready to tackle Scotch broom. Working from above the stockpond near the Sir Francis Drake/Estero Road junction on down to the drainage opposite the big eucalyptus trees, we pulled 548 plants across more than 17 acres. The areas once dense with broom look great, and we spotted sun cups, western dog violet, checkerbloom, Douglas iris, and Indian paintbrush in bloom.
HRP, the "Sunday Team," meets in front of the Bear Valley Visitor Center (directions) at 9 am. Call in advance to confirm the workday (occasionally the team travels to another park) and to discuss carpooling needs. We generally work until 1 pm, then eat lunch on site. Groups of volunteers ages 16 and older may schedule additional weekend or weekday dates; contact Ellen Hamingson at 415-464-5196 or by email.