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. Get involved, meet new people, and make a positive impact on your environment!
Please join us for our next Habitat Restoration Program volunteer workday on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Now that bird nesting season is over, we'll return to the drainages near the Pierce Point Ranch to remove cape-ivy (Delairea odorata). Our fastest-growing and one of our worst invaders, cape-ivy has numerous negative impacts on native plant diversity, songbird nesting habitat, and fish survival. While the plant is not large or deep-rooted, full removal requires many treatments to get at all the plants that have resprouted from very small fragments. Thus, your efforts are an important component of our work toward eradicating the species from this watershed.
Meet at 9 am in front of the Bear Valley Visitor Center. As always, please bring sturdy shoes, extra warm layers. water, and lunch. Please be prepared with good work clothing to work around California blackberry and stinging nettles. We'll carpool or caravan to a parking spot. Tools and gloves will be provided. We will work until 1 pm, and then have lunch on site.
To hold this workday, we need at least four confirmed participants. Please contact Ellen Hamingson at 415-464-5196 or by email by 4 pm on Thursday, August 27, so that she can plan accordingly. If sign-ups should decline below four people, an update cancelling the workday will be sent to people who have responded and included an email address.
California Invasive Species Action Week
The inaugural California Invasive Species Action Week was 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 were 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 »
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