Multiple Days: 02/08/2015, 03/08/2015, 04/12/2015, 05/10/2015, 07/12/2015, 08/30/2015, 09/27/2015, 10/25/2015
Location: Meet at the Bear Valley Visitor Center | Map Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Ellen Hamingson Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 415-464-5196
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, March 8, 2015, in the Estero region. Note that March 8 is the start of Daylight Savings Time, so please plan accordingly and set your clocks ahead. We'll tackle a fairly large, concentrated patch of Scotch broom seedlings, regrowth, and larger plants on a ridge just off the Estero Trail. 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 seedbank is long-lived and seedlings have been germinating since we had larger-scale funding in 2012. Many areas adjacent to Estero Trail and Estero Road have received substantial follow-up in 2013–2015 and have only scattered plants, but this ridge has not been treated recently and holds plenty of plants to give a good-sized group a substantial workday and a zone where we will be able to see visible progress.
The work area is about a 5 to 10 minute hike up the trail followed by a short off-trail walk. Plenty of plants are in fairly open grassland where poison oak should not be a problem.
To hold this workday, we need at least four confirmed participants. Please contact Ellen Hamingson at 415-464-5196 or by email by Thursday, March 5, at 4 pm 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.
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.) Should the forecast change to heavy rain likely on Sunday, the outgoing message at 415-464-5196 will be updated on Saturday afternoon.
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 pm, 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 »