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 (this is one of our warmer sites), as well as to bring lunch and water. Be advised that we'll be pulling prickly thistles. 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, July 27, 2014, meeting at 9 am at the Bear Valley Visitor Center to target flowering distaff thistle (Carthamus lanatus) along the Bolinas Ridge trail working from the trailhead up toward the Jewell Trail. We may also retreat the small ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) patch near the fenceline close to Picnic Rock. For the last two summers, our loyal volunteer Miriam has been working these distaff patches on her own, and finding considerably more than expected. This annual species should be removed now before it drops seed. With a good push this Sunday, we could push the population far down this season.
If you wish to join this workday, please RSVP to Ellen Hamingson at 415-464-5196 or by email by 4:30 pm on Thursday, July 24. If we do not have at least four participants confirmed by then, the workday may be cancelled. Unfortunately, our May 4 workday was cancelled due to a lack of confirmed participants.
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.
California Invasive Species Action Week
The inaugural California Invasive Species Action Week will be held Saturday, August 2 through Sunday, August 10, 2014. The goal of the Action Week is to increase public awareness and promote public participation in California's fight against invasive species. There are numerous ways for people to participate, either independently, or as part of an organized effort. For example, you can learn which invasive species are issues in your area, remove invasives from your property, select native plants for your garden, harvest them for food, or volunteer to remove invasives from a participating park. Kids, you can learn about an invasive species that threatens your favorite outdoor place, and enter the Department of Fish and Wildlife's "Race to Protect Your Favorite Place" youth poster contest. Winners will be announced during the Action Week! Check out the CISAW web page for poster contest details and to find out how you can take action: www.dfg.ca.gov/invasives/actionweek.
The CISAW Schedule of Events will be filled with volunteer opportunities and events hosted by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, California’s National and State Parks, and dedicated volunteer programs and organizations across the state. Check the Action Week web page to find a participating organization or event near you, or for details on hosting a project or event of your own!More »