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 Thursday, July 16, 2015 to remove iceplant (Carpobrotus edulis) from rare plant habitat in the Lighthouse/Outer Point area. We will continue the excellent work done to control iceplant (Carpobrotus edulis) north of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. near the Lighthouse parking lot. We have made good progress in the areas where we have been working recently, but sites not treated for a while need follow-up. We'll return to the North Dunes, across the drainage that runs to the north of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. We'll hike for about 15 minutes—partly on uneven terrain—along a ridge to reach our work area to the east of the fence that demarcates the organic pasture of A Ranch. Hiking poles may be helpful for some people. Iceplant patches in this zone could be somewhat larger than what we usually tackle, although smaller patches are fair game, too. While we will avoid poison oak in the work areas, we may need to exercise some caution while hiking to the site. The payoff for this more challenging access is the chance to do important work in an area with numerous native plants and terrific views (weather permitting).
The July 16 project will start at 9:30 am at a ranch road off Sir Francis Drake near the Lighthouse parking lot. Please contact Ellen in advance for directions as the road is behind a locked gate. If you wish to carpool from Bear Valley, please let Ellen know.
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 Wednesday, July 15, 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.
We'll work until about 1:30 p.m. with a lunch break at the site. Tools, anti-poison-oak protection, and gloves will be provided.
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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