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 workday on Sunday, January 25, 2015, in the Estero region. We'll be tackling Scotch broom seedlings, regrowth, and missed plants in areas that we hit hard last winter. Over the past several years, we have, with the help of the HRP team, greatly reduced the abundance of this highly invasive perennial shrub. However, its seed bank is long-lived and seedlings have been germinating since our fall rains, so your help will be very useful. We look forward to starting off our year by checking out all the native plants that have benefited from the control efforts.
Depending on the size of the group and the number of plants present, we may concentrate on the first hill at the junction of Estero Road with Sir Francis Drake, or move towards to the first ranch road, and possibly even to Estero Trailhead. While we will avoid it, poison oak is present near some of the work areas, and some slopes can be steep, but we should be able to find areas to target that are flatter.
To hold this workday, we need at least four confirmed participants. Please contact Ellen Hamingson at 415-464-5196 or by email by Friday, January 23, at 7:30 am so that she can plan accordingly. If you are interested in bringing four or more people, please call Ellen on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday to verify that space is available.
Heavy rain or high winds may result in cancellation of the workday, but we will work in light to moderate rain. Please watch the forecast, bring rain gear if it looks necessary, or let Ellen know if you need either a rain jacket or rain pants. (We can't guarantee that we will have enough in all sizes for everyone, but will try to provide for you. We do not have child-sized rain gear.) Please feel free to contact Ellen on Friday morning if there is any question, or leave a voicemail message at 415-464-5196. Ellen will be out of the office on Saturday, returning at 8 am on Sunday.
Meet at 9 am in front of the Bear Valley Visitor Center (directions). As always, please bring sturdy shoes, extra warm layers. water, and lunch. We'll carpool or caravan to Estero road and park just off a ranch road. Tools and gloves will be provided. We will work until 1:00 p.m, and then have lunch on site.
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 »